High-Quality Dental Crowns in Leesburg, VA
At Leesburg Family Dental, we provide advanced restorative dentistry in Leesburg, VA. If you have a missing, damaged, or infected tooth, dental crowns can help you get your smile back on track. Get in touch with our office to schedule your next visit!Contact Us
Dental Crowns 101
Dental crowns are ceramic or porcelain caps that cover an existing tooth entirely. They are an extremely versatile procedure that can be used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. You may need a dental crown if you:
- Have a severely discolored tooth
- Need to cover a misshapen, non-uniform tooth
- Have a cracked or chipped tooth that needs protection
- Need a tooth restoration to go on top of your dental implant
- Have a root canal
Dental Crown FAQs
How are Crowns Made?
Crowns are made out of ceramic or porcelain material in an off-site milling unit. The unit takes measurements submitted and the virtual 3D model that we make with our smile preview software to create a precise, custom-fitted dental crown.
How are Crown Placed?
Dental crowns are placed by first taking an x-ray of your smile. An x-ray will help Dr. Mualla decide the best way to put the dental crown. Next, when the procedure begins, Dr. Mualla will give you the option of sedation dentistry. Sedation will help you relax during the process if you have anxiety. Then, he will provide you with a local anesthetic to numb the area. To prepare the tooth, Dr. Mualla will shave down the first two layers of the tooth, the enamel and the dentin. Shaving down the tooth helps the artificial crown attach better to the tooth. Finally, Dr. Mualla will cement the tooth down with a bonding material. Dr. Mualla will do the finishing touches by shaping the tooth the way you like it.
Is Getting a Dental Crown Painful?
With the right sedation and local anesthesia, getting a dental crown should not be a painful procedure. There are a few different sedation medications Leesburg Family Dental offers. One is nitrous oxide, a laughing gas that patients use to relax before and during a procedure. This medication quickly wears off, so it is ideal for procedures like dental crowns. Another option is oral sedation. In oral sedation, Dr. Mualla will give you a medication to take before the procedure to relax you.
Are Dental Crowns Expensive?
The price of your crown (or crowns) depends on your unique smile needs. We will assess your needs and oral health during your exam and consultation, check your insurance coverage (if applicable), and provide you with an accurate out-of-pocket cost breakdown for your treatment. We’ll also go over our financing options and work with you to help you restore your smile without breaking the bank!
When Should I Replace my Dental Crown?
It is possible that dental crowns need to be replaced over time. However, with proper care, crowns can last a long time. It’s important to brush and floss regularly because the tooth underneath your crown can still be susceptible to decay. We also recommend that you come into our office every six months for a check-up and exam. If your dental crown gets damaged, we perform repairs in-house.
Is There Special Care for a Dental Crown?
There are no special instructions to care for your crown. You should maintain good oral hygiene for your teeth as you would for your other teeth. Good oral hygiene includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day. Also, visit Dr. Mualla twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning. At this appointment, Dr. Mualla will ensure your smile is healthy and your crown is in good shape.
There are many ways that a dental crown can benefit you. From whitening discolored teeth to replacing a decayed tooth, dental crowns could be suitable for you. For more information about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, call our office today.