Over time, your teeth can begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems, such as decay, cracks, discoloration, and more. At Wintergreen Family Dental in Rockville, Maryland, Huixin Wang, DDS, provides dental crowns — protective caps to restore your teeth to optimal health. Crowns not only address cosmetic flaws but also help prevent oral health risks posed by damaged teeth. If your teeth have suffered trauma, injury, or decay, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment today.
If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If Dr. Wang notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. Crowns are protective caps that restore or enhance the appearance of damaged teeth.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This allows it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-4 visits to the Wintergreen Family Dental office. During the first visit, Dr. Wang reshapes the affected tooth with special dental instruments so that the crown can be placed over it. She gives you a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you don’t experience any discomfort.
Once the tooth has been reshaped, Dr. Wang takes a mold of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold is sent to an outside dental lab so that your new crown can be made to fit in the spot created for it. Since it’s custom-made according to Dr. Wang’s detailed specifications, the crown looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving the office, Dr. Wang also fits you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be completed. Once it’s ready, you come in for another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and Dr. Wang places the tooth using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place.
When you look in the mirror, you can see your old smile back.
Crowns are durable and usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. It’s also important to maintain your regular checkups with Dr. Wang so she can make sure your crown doesn’t incur any damage or wear as time goes by.
To find out more, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a consultation about crowns at the office.