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Spring Dental Care

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Springfield, VA

Dental crowns are a reliable and effective way to protect and improve a weakened tooth and enhance the appearance of your smile. At Spring Dental Care in Springfield, Virginia, skillful dentist, Jung Oh, DMD, PLC, is highly trained and available to answer your dental-crown questions. If you think you might need a crown, call Spring Dental Care or schedule an appointment online.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is also called a cap because it’s securely placed on top of a damaged tooth. A dental crown is specifically sculpted to the shape of your original tooth and can improve its appearance, functioning, and strength.

Dr. Oh places your dental crown on top of your original tooth, so it completely covers the area of the tooth that’s visible above the gum line. Dr. Oh seals your crown in place with special cement.

Why would I need a dental crown?

There are various reasons why Dr. Oh might recommend a crown. A crown can cover an oddly shaped or discolored tooth or a dental implant.

A crown doesn’t just improve the appearance of your tooth, it can also protect and hold together a weak tooth.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

Crowns can be made from various dental materials, such as:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy (zirconia)
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used depends on a number of factors. Metal crowns are strong and can tolerate the force of eating and chewing. Due to their color, metal crowns are typically reserved for use in the back of the mouth.

For temporary crowns, stainless steel is the most common material. Stainless steel crowns are especially reliable and durable.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns provide a more natural appearance compared to metal crowns, but the metal portion of the crown might be visible as a dark line close to your gums. The opposing teeth might also experience more wear than they would with a different type of crown.

All-ceramic crowns are a great choice for people with metal sensitivities. All-resin crowns are more susceptible to cracking, but they’re one of the most affordable crown options.

Dr. Oh can help you determine the best crown to suit your individual needs, concerns, and oral health.

What’s involved in a dental crown procedure?

A dental crown procedure usually requires at least two visits to Spring Dental Care. During your first appointment, Dr. Oh takes X-rays to evaluate the health of the tooth that requires the crown.

Next, Dr. Oh administers anesthesia and builds up or files down your original tooth, so the crown can attach securely.  Dr. Oh then creates an impression of your teeth and sends it to a dental lab where it’s used to create a custom crown.

Dr. Oh creates a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the interim until he can place your permanent crown.

To discuss your crown options with Dr. Oh, visit Spring Dental Care or schedule online.