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Dental Crowns – Leesburg, VA

Customized, Tooth-Saving Restorations

Teeth are strong but not indestructible; under certain circumstances, they can become decayed or significantly injured. In order to fix your smile, you’ll need the help of a dental professional. Dr. Pham and the rest of our team at Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg can restore, strengthen, and protect your damaged teeth with a custom-made dental crown. To learn more about this time-tested restorative solution, give our office a call.

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Why Choose Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg for Dental Crowns?

What is a Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns are a very common type of dental restoration, with 2.3 million new ones being placed each year. Every crown is made to completely cover a tooth, effectively protecting it from further harm while also restoring its structure and allowing it to function normally again.

There are various types of materials that can be used to make dental crowns. Our team can offer restorations made out of metal, composite material, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and porcelain. Each option has its own advantages. For instance, getting a crown made out of natural-looking porcelain means that the results will look so lifelike that most people won’t even realize that you have had dental work performed.

You may be a candidate for a dental crown if your tooth is fractured or badly decayed. Furthermore, crowns are often necessary for protecting teeth after root canal treatment, and they can help replace missing teeth by keeping dental bridges anchored in place or restoring dental implant posts.

The Dental Crown Process 

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The traditional method of placing a dental crown typically takes two appointments. The first visit involves preparing your tooth by removing a minimal amount of enamel. Then an impression of the tooth is made, and a temporary crown is placed. The impression is sent to a lab where the crown will be created. Once we have received the final restoration, we can schedule a follow-up appointment in order to attach it to your tooth.

It’s worth noting, though, that our practice offers one-visit crowns. That means that you can get a crown on the same day that you have your tooth prepared. Don’t hesitate to ask our team about the process of getting a one-visit crown so that you can enjoy a fully repaired smile that much sooner.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

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If you’re told that you need a dental crown, it’s best to have it placed as soon as possible. Once you do, you will be able to start enjoying the following benefits:

Dental Crown FAQs

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Is there anything you want to know about dental crowns before having one placed? Below are a few common questions that our patients tend to have regarding crowns. We recommend checking to see if your own question has already been addressed on this page. If not, don’t worry; you can always ask our team members directly! Feel free to get in touch with us and let us know about any questions or concerns that you want to clear up before beginning the dental crown process.

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What Happens If You Wait Too Long to Get a Dental Crown?

You may not be looking forward to trying to fit a dental crown appointment into your schedule, but it’s generally best to have the treatment performed as soon as you can. Leaving the tooth exposed means it won’t have any protection against bacteria and food debris that could lead to further decay. On top of that, it will also be more susceptible to further damage due to being exposed to the forces of chewing on a daily basis. Consequently, if you wait too long to get a crown, the damage could grow severe enough that a tooth that could have otherwise been saved might need to be removed.

Can Dental Crowns Be Whitened?

Some crowns are made from porcelain, which can be shaded to match the appearance of your natural teeth. However, as lifelike as porcelain is, it can’t be whitened the same way your enamel can. As such, if your dental crown becomes stained or discolored, the best solution might be to replace it. Additionally, you may want to ask your dentist about having teeth whitening performed before you receive your crown; that way, the restoration can be customized to blend in with your newly brightened smile.

Is It a Dental Emergency If Your Crown Falls Off?

Losing a dental crown isn’t the most urgent dental issue you can suffer from, but it’s still a problem that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. The exposed tooth may not be in any pain, but it will still be at risk of further damage and bacteria attacks; as such, it’s best to see a professional in the near future so that they can either put the crown back on your tooth or give you a new restoration. Until you can get to our office, you will need to keep your tooth safe; that means not using it to chew your food.

Can I Claim a Dental Crown as an FSA or HSA Expense?

If you have an FSA (flexible spending account) or a health savings account (HSA), then it will likely help pay for a dental crown provided that it’s necessary for protecting your oral health. In contrast, crowns that are only being placed for cosmetic reasons generally can’t be claimed as an FSA or HSA expense. Our team can help explain the specifics of your FSA or HSA to ensure that you understand your coverage.

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