Don't compromise your smile with missing teeth. Preserve all the natural tooth structure you can with reliable and realistic dental crowns. Our Remington, VA dentist, Dr. Courtney Ashby, places these protective caps to restore teeth which have experienced extensive decay, abscess (infection) or injury. You can give your ailing tooth a second chance.
Just what is a dental crown?
Modern dental crowns look just like your natural teeth--only better. They are custom-crafted from various dental-grade materials according to oral impressions and precise digital imaging. Materials which are typically used include:
- Porcelain (Dr. Ashby's porcelain crowns contain durable and beautiful zirconia)
- Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)
Dr. Ashby offers crowns as wonderful alternatives to tooth extraction. Crowns also restore dental implants, today's premiere tooth replacements, and they anchor fixed bridgework, a common prosthetic which spans a gap created by one or more missing teeth.
What is the procedure like?
Through oral examination and digital X-rays, Dr. Ashby determines if a tooth can be saved with a dental crown. If so, she numbs the area around the tooth, carefully removes any decayed enamel and filling material and shapes the tooth to receive its crown. Teeth with extensive decay or extreme sensitivity may require root canal therapy before receiving crowns.
Also, the dentist takes oral impressions with a putty-like material and covers the tooth with a temporary crown. At a dental lab in the area, a skilled technician uses Dr. Ashby's instructions to craft the permanent dental crown. At the next visit to Remington Family Dentistry, Dr. Ashby removes the temporary restoration and permanently bonds the new crown over the prepared tooth. To complete the treatment, she adjusts the crown to ensure perfect fit and bite.
How do you care for your crown?
With simple, regular care, your dental crown will stay in place and serve you well for anywhere from five to 15 years, say experts at the Cleveland Clinic. It's important to brush twice daily and floss once a day as the American Dental Association recommends. Also, Dr. Ashby likes to see all her patients twice a year for oral exams and cleanings. These practices protect your mouth against decay, gum disease and tooth loss as they remove bacteria-laden plaque formed from food residues.
Also, all dental patients, regardless of their age or the number of restorations they have, should avoid biting into hard foods such as peanut brittle or ice cubes. In fact, Dr. Ashby and her team tell their patients that these items aren't good for any teeth as they cause chips, fractures and excessive wear and tear.
Is a dental crown right for you?
Find out at a restorative dentistry consultation with Dr. Ashby in Remington, VA. Call (540) 439-8335 for an appointment to learn how to protect and preserve your teeth with dental crowns.