What Are Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Crowns & Bridges are fixed dental restorations that are solidly cemented onto the remaining natural tooth structure. Bridges are multiple crowns connected together to replace a missing tooth (teeth).
There are many reasons why a crown may be an option for a situation. At Prestipino Dental Group in Bethesda, we may recommend a dental crown for tooth damage, irregularly shaped teeth, tooth fracture, tooth protection, enamel discoloration, and other challenging conditions. Dental crowns restore balance and function to your teeth and smile.
We believe in dental treatment that has been researched and proven over time, or “Evidenced Based” dentistry. We use the latest proven materials where applicable and many past traditional materials depending upon the patient’s preferences and the appropriate situation.
The longevity of these restorations is based on how well they are made and how well they are maintained by the patient. Our goal is not only a great result but a thorough instruction and maintenance protocol with our very experienced hygienists.
Dental Crown Materials
Dental crowns can be crafted from a variety of materials, including:
- Porcelain: Most dental crowns are made of porcelain because they reflect light for a natural restoration. They also easily blend in with remaining natural tooth enamel.
- Porcelain fused to metal: This solution offers a strong yet aesthetically pleasing restoration. The metal used in these types of crowns is near the gum line and is not noticeable.
- Metal: Durable metal crowns are the best choice for molars in the back of the mouth. Although they provide durability, they do not blend in with your natural teeth. This is why they work best for molars.
Treatment with Dental Crowns
To begin dental crown treatment, Dr. Sfondouris and Dr. Prestipino will examine the teeth and gums to determine where to place dental crowns as well as which type to use. In order to prepare the teeth for the dental crown, Dr. Prestipino will remove a small amount of the tooth enamel. After taking impressions of teeth, he will place a temporary cap onto the tooth. When the dental crown is fabricated, Dr. Prestipino will secure it and ensure that it feels comfortable in the mouth. Dental crowns can be maintained just like natural teeth. We will review how to clean around your crowns before you leave our office.
Before & Afters: Real Patients, Real Results
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
At Prestipino Dental Group, we ensure that every patient feels comfortable during treatment. We offer sedation dentistry options so that patients do not feel pain but instead feel relaxed under our care. Although it is normal to experience mild sensitivity following your procedure, these symptoms will subside within 1 to 3 days.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a cracked or broken crown, please contact our dental office as soon as possible for an appointment. We provide emergency dental care to our patients. Our dentists will restore your dental crown with a new and durable replacement.
Receive a Dental Crown Today
Call Prestipino Dental Group for precise dental crown treatment today at 301-276-0219. If you want to request an appointment with Dr. Prestipino or Dr. Sfondouris, you may do so on our website. We serve patients in Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, and Rockville, Maryland. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.