Whether they are called crowns or caps, these dental restorations are designed to cover and protect the visible portion of a damaged tooth above the gum line. Your dentist might recommend dental crowns in Leesburg, VA if:
Dental crowns are designed to strengthen and protect a damaged tooth, but they can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns today are made of porcelain, a laboratory manufactured composite material, porcelain-fused-to-metal or all metal, including gold or another precious metal. You and your dentist will choose the material that is most appropriate depending on where you need the crown.
Two appointments are necessary to place a dental crown. At the first, your dentist will prepare the tooth, take an impression, and place a temporary crown over the prepped tooth. During the second appointment, the temporary is removed and the permanent crown is fitted, adjusted and bonded into place.
Your dentist will begin by administering a local anesthetic that will last from one to four hours. Once the site is numb, the minimal amount of tooth structure is removed in order to allow the new crown to fit comfortably and look natural.
After preparation, we’ll take an impression of the tooth. A thin strip of retraction cord is positioned around the tooth so the impression material reaches below the gum line where the crown will end. Then, the temporary crown is placed. If the temporary comes off, use a dab of petroleum jelly to replace it until you can get to our dental office and have it cemented again.
If you experience any discomfort after this appointment, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil. If any pain continues, please contact our dental office.
At this appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the tooth is cleaned. The permanent crown is then fitted over it and checked for accuracy. If any slight alterations are needed, we can take care of those in the dental office. Finally, your permanent crown is bonded to the tooth.