Posts for tag: Dental Crowns
A car accident cracked your front tooth. Your dentist at Gibberman Dental says it may be saved through a dental crown in Alexandria, a restoration which protects and reshapes a damaged tooth above the gum line. Learn the details here about this common, but effective, treatment and how Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman or Dr. Maria Hodas can use one to bring your smile back to full form and function.
Placing a crown
A dental crown is a versatile restoration. Besides saving your fractured tooth from extraction, a crown may restore a dental implant, protect a tooth saved through root canal therapy, or support fixed bridgework to fill in a gapped smile. To determine if a crown is right for your situation, your dentist at Gibberman Dental will examine your teeth and gums and take digital X-ray imaging. Also, he or she will take oral impressions and discuss a treatment plan with you.
Typically, porcelain is the material of choice for the modern dental crown. Your dentist will shape your tooth to accept the restoration, removing any old filling material or decay. Then, the doctor covers the tooth with a temporary cap to protect it as the permanent one is fashioned at the dental lab.
When you return, that temporary cap is removed and the new one permanently bonded in place using a strong adhesive. Plus, your dentist adjusts the fit and bite so that when you chew on your restored tooth, the feel and function is perfectly natural. Rest assured, too, that your new crown will blend right in with the rest of your smile, being appropriately colored and shaped.
Life with your new dental crown is easy. Just brush your teeth twice a day with a soft brush and floss every day, too, as the American Dental Association recommends. Come to Gibberman Dental every six months for an exam and cleaning.
Avoid excessive stresses from hard foods, and wear a customized bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth. Ask your dentist if bite guard could help you.
So, with good care, you'll have that crown for ten years or more, say experts at the Cleveland Clinic. And, your tooth will enjoy a new lease on life.
For more information
If you have a damaged or failing tooth, please contact Gibberman Dental, and ask about dental crowns. One of our highly skilled dentists will guide you through the restorative process and give you a beautiful, fully functional smile. Call today for an appointment: (703) 823-6616.
Learn about dental crowns from your Alexandria dentists.
Whether you have a damaged tooth or a dental imperfection that affects your smile, you can benefit from dental crowns. Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas, your Alexandria, VA, dentists, discuss the many benefits of this versatile dentistry treatment.
What are crowns?
Dental crowns, commonly called caps, are tooth-shaped restorations that fit over teeth. Because biting exerts considerable pressure on your teeth, crowns must be made of very tough materials, such as porcelain, resin, ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. Crowns are designed to fit your mouth perfectly and look just like your natural teeth.
How can a crown help me?
Crowns may be recommended if you have:
- Chips or Cracks: Chip and cracks aren't just unsightly. They can also weaken teeth and make it easier for bacteria to enter your teeth. Crowns cover chips and cracks, preventing your teeth from further damage.
- Broken Teeth: Broken teeth can be restored with dental crowns. In some cases, you may need a root canal first before you receive the crown.
- Weak or Fragile Teeth: Your teeth tend to become more brittle as you age, putting them at risk of breaking. Dental procedures, such as large fillings and root canal treatment can also weaken teeth. Adding a crown to a fragile tooth reduces the risk of a fracture.
- Unusually Shaped Teeth: When one or two teeth just don't blend in with the rest of your smile, crowns can be a good option. They're a good choice if your tooth is pitted, bumpy, pointed, crooked or twisted.
- Short Teeth: Short teeth aren't just a cosmetic issue, but can also affect your bite. Crowns restore the full length of teeth that are naturally short or have grown shorter due to your nighttime grinding habit.
- A Missing Tooth: A bridge is an excellent tooth replacement option if you've lost a tooth or two. Two crowns support one or more artificial teeth in a dental bridge.
Could you benefit from dental crowns? Call Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Hodas, your Alexandria, VA, dentists, at (703) 823-6616 to schedule an appointment.
Accidents happen. Whether crunching down on your lunch has caused a severe crack in your tooth or a serious dental infection has set in, there are a multitude of reasons why you may need to protect your tooth from further damage. Trauma and infections can weaken a natural tooth, making it prone to further damage. This is where getting a dental crown from your Alexandria, VA family dentist comes in.
About Dental Crowns
When a tooth is severely damaged and a normal dental filling isn’t enough, your Alexandria, VA dentist will often recommend a dental crown to strengthen your tooth once more. A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that goes over the entire tooth to protect it against further damage. When a tooth is severely cracked, chipped, decayed or stained a dental crown may be recommended to provide additional protection.
Getting a Dental Crown
The first part of the process depends on the condition of your tooth. Root canal treatment may be necessary if you have an infection, and we will treat the infection before putting on the dental crown. If your tooth shows signs of decay, we will remove any cavities to make sure the tooth does not worsen under the crown. The mission is to make sure that your natural tooth is as healthy as possible before putting on the crown, so there are no complications.
Once the dental crown is created we will permanently cement it to your damaged tooth to restore it to its full function once again. This entire process usually takes two visits, unless otherwise noted by your Alexandria, VA family dentist. However, a temporary crown will make it easy for you to eat and speak comfortably until you get your permanent crown.
Caring for Dental Crowns
One of the added bonuses of getting dental crowns is that you don’t have to worry about treating it differently than you would natural teeth. Just continue to brush and floss daily to keep your smile healthy. While it’s true that dental crowns can’t develop cavities, it’s still possible for the rest of your smile including the neighboring teeth to develop decay and gum disease. That’s why it’s imperative that you continue to maintain good oral hygiene.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you are dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth, you need to seek treatment from your Alexandria, VA family dentist at Gibberman Dental, Dr. Paul Gibberman, DDS. Preserve your smile for life!