Porcelain Dental Crowns Falls Church, VA - Robert A. Morabito, DDS
Porcelain Crowns can help strengthen and revitalize worn, broken, ugly teeth
A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is a cosmetic dental procedure that we perform in our Falls Church, VA dental office. The purpose of a crown is to restore teeth as well as improve their shape and appearance when fillings and other kinds of dental restorations are not able to be used. A crown will also help to prevent further damage to the tooth. Typically, a crown is used for teeth that are cracked, worn, or destroyed by decay and works to provide optimal function and strength like your natural teeth.
Here are the most common reasons for dental crowns:
• You have cracked or broken teeth
• You have many dental cavities
• Your tooth needs a root canal
• Your filling has cracked and the restoration will compromise what would remain of your original tooth
• You need a replacement tooth as part of a dental bridge
• You need a replacement tooth on top of a dental implant
• You are looking for cosmetic dentistry improvements
Whether you may have a compromised tooth that is damaged and weak, an old metal crown that needs to be replaced or a desire for a more pleasing smile, porcelain crowns are an effective as well as an aesthetic option.
When discussing crowns it is important to understand that there are many different types of dental crowns. Porcelain crowns (tooth colored crowns) tend to be the most popular choice among patients as they have the look and feel of natural teeth. In addition to being tooth colored, porcelain dental crowns are extremely durable and can last for many years. Once fabricated, the crowns are bonded to your natural teeth returning them to their original strength
The crown material can be made of a few different compounds including porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. As we mentioned earlier, usually patients prefer porcelain crowns because of the natural look of the teeth and the durability.
Crowns, sometimes known as dental onlays (partial dental crowns), are utilized when a tooth has insufficient strength to maintain a filling. A filling is recommended only on smaller cavities and is composed of composite, basically a plastic, or mercury amalalgam. If a crown, partial crown, or onlay is recommended it is always fabricated outside the mouth. In our office, we design most of our crowns in office with our cerec 3d scanner and milling device.
Traditional dentistry requires a crown be made in a dental lab. Impressions are made, and the tooth is covered with a temporary for approximately two weeks. A second appointment is required where the temporary is removed and the new lab crown is bonded or cemented in place.
What does it take to get a dental crown?
In order to fabricate a crown, the area is numbed, imaged with our 3-D Cerec Scanner. We then remove all decay, old filling material, cracks, and unsupported or weak tooth structure. The tooth is shaped appropriately, polished and scanned. We then design the crown in front of you on a computer. The appropriate material and color are selected and then milled in our office in about ten minutes. After milling is complete, we check the fit and bake it in an oven at 1200 degrees giving the crown the strength and feel of a porcelain sink. At that same appointment, we will bond the crown in place and check your bite. We will then give instructions on how to care for our new dental crown and encourage you to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Morabito in order to ensure your crown is functioning properly.
If you are interested in Falls Church porcelain crowns at Robert A. Morabito, DDS, please call our helpful team at (703) 534-9160. We serve Falls Church, VA and surrounding communities in the Washington, DC area.