Using dental crowns to repair a natural tooth
- Posted on: Mar 30 2020
Dentists use a wide range of dental restorations to help repair and restore the smile. At Clarendon Dental Arts, one of the most commonly used restorations at our practice includes the dental crown. Dental crowns are ceramic restorations made by dentists to address a wide range of problems.
How are dental crowns used?
A dental crown is utilized in some of the following situations:
- To bond to a false tooth called a pontic to create a dental bridge
- To cover a tooth with a large filling to maintain the integrity and structure of the tooth
- To cover a tooth that has had root canal therapy to keep the enamel from breakage
- To place over a dental implant abutment to function as a natural tooth once did
How are dental crowns made?
A dental crown is fabricated from porcelain. This is a material that not only looks like the natural tooth but is strong and durable. It can withstand natural chewing forces, making it the perfect material for crowns used on the molars in the back of the smile. To create a dental crown, the dentist will prepare the natural tooth by removing a thin portion of enamel from all around it. Then, impressions are made and used by a dental laboratory and ceramist to fabricate the final restoration. This can take a week or two, during which the patient will have a temporary crown bonded in place. Once the final crown is completed and received by Dr. Danine Fresch Gray, the patient returns to have their temporary crown removed and their final crown placed.
Who is a candidate for a dental crown?
Dental crowns are incredibly versatile and are used in many situations. Therefore, patients should speak to their dentist to determine if they are a proper candidate for this or other dental restorations available at the facility.
Contact Clarendon Dental Arts today!
Dr. Danine Fresch Gray of Clarendon Dental Arts in Arlington, VA is pleased to offer patients in the community the solutions they need for beautiful, healthy smiles for life! If you reside in the area and are ready to work with our staff, we encourage you to book a consultation visit at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard by calling (703) 525-5901.
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