Have you sustained damage to your teeth from a dental injury? Restore your dental health with dental crown treatment at Rosedale Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rosedale, MD. Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry treatment that improves the appearance and strength of teeth. Crowns can fully cover natural teeth to treat decay or damage or be placed to complete dental implants.
Although dental crowns are traditionally made of gold or metal materials, we recommend porcelain ceramic crowns for our patients. Porcelain ceramic offers durability to teeth and also can be color-matched to the shade of natural teeth. Patients with worn, weakened, broken, or deeply stained teeth benefit from dental crowns.
Treatment with Dental Crowns
The placement of a custom dental crown typically requires two office visits to complete. To begin treatment, we prepare the teeth receiving the crowns. We remove a small layer of the tooth enamel to make sure that the crown will fit properly. Then, we take digital x-rays and impressions of the teeth. These impressions are used by a dental lab to fabricate the crowns.
While patients are waiting for their permanent crowns, we will provide them with temporary tooth caps to protect their teeth. When the crowns are completed, we will remove the temporary crown. Once we make sure that the crown is the correct shape and size, we place it on the tooth. Finally, we clean and polish the crown for a natural look.
Dental Crown FAQs
Do you want to know more about dental crowns? Read answers to common questions about tooth crowns below:
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Schedule a consultation with our team and we can help you determine if crowns are the right option for your specific needs. If you have a dental or gum infection, we will need to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy prior to treatment.
We will recommend bone grafting for patients who receive a single dental implant capped off by a crown. To become a good candidate for crowns, you need to be in good oral health.
What are inlays and onlays?
Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are used for patients with worn or damaged teeth. Onlays fully cover the chewing surface of the teeth, including the tooth cusps, or sides. Inlays cover the area between the tooth cusps. Both inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite. We often recommend composite material to blend in with the smile.
How do you care for dental crowns?
To care for your new tooth crowns, avoid hard and sticky foods as these can pull at your crown. Stay away from foods and drinks that can stain the ceramic, including coffee, tea, and berries. Gently brush and floss between your crowns, as bacteria can still build up on dental restorations.
Remember to schedule routine appointments in our dental office so we can help you maintain the health of your crowns and natural teeth.
How long does it take for a crown to settle?
Your new crown may feel bigger at first, but in a little more than two weeks, most patients become accustomed to it. If it doesn’t feel right after that, we recommend calling our office, so we can check the fit of your crown and make sure that everything was done correctly.
Do crowns hurt the next day?
While the body heals from the discomfort and inflammation brought on by dental crown treatment, the healing process usually takes a few days to a week. Patients may initially feel some sensitivity, discomfort, or pain, but these symptoms should pass after a few days. Minor discomfort is normal the day following your crown placement.
Request a Dental Appointment
Are you interested in treatment with dental crowns? Contact Rosedale Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for treatment today at (410) 376-8548. You may schedule a dental consultation with our dental professionals on our website.