Dental Crowns in Silver Spring & Germantown, MD
Dental crowns, also called crowns or caps, are a great way for patients to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the teeth after injuries or decay. These blend in with the natural color of the tooth and can cover up fillings or cracks. R3 Dental Group offers dental crowns to men and women living in Germantown, Silver Spring, and Washington, D.C.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Patients who require a large filling in the tooth or have had a root canal procedure may also get a crown to maintain the shape and cosmetic appearance of the tooth.
Types of Crowns
Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, which are preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
Porcelain inlays are custom-designed to fit a given cavity and are cemented into place to prevent further decay. This technique is typically used for cavities that are too large for traditional fillings.
Onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. These are placed on the exterior of the teeth, but may not cover the entire tooth. Onlays can be used to help hold a tooth together or restore the shape of a tooth.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
Dental crowns, onlays, and inlays are built to mimic the feel and durability of your natural teeth. Assuming no future injuries occur, porcelain crowns can last a lifetime.
R3 Dental Group offers dental crowns and other dentistry services to residents of Silver Spring, Germantown, Bowie, and the neighboring cities of Maryland. To learn more about crowns or to make an appointment, contact us today.
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