Dental Crowns

When a tooth becomes weak or damaged, it cannot repair itself or grow a new tooth structure to reinforce its strength. If left untreated, the tooth will suffer more damage from the pressure and friction of your bite. A dental crown is a custom cap that is designed to completely cover and protect a compromised tooth. At Washington Courthouse Dental, our experienced dental team provides dental crowns that will make your teeth stronger, last longer, seamlessly blend into your smile and restore your smile to its natural beauty.  

What Kinds of Dental Conditions Are Treated With Tooth Crowns?

Generally, some of the most common causes of getting a dental crown include: 

  • To cover a weakened tooth after severe decay or cavity
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To replace a large filling when there isn’t enough natural tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal
  • Hold together a natural tooth that is damaged or cracked
  • A tooth that has undergone a root canal (especially posterior teeth)
  • Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Secure a dental bridge in place 

Dental Crown Procedure

The dental crown procedure is completed in two appointments:

  • 1st visit: Our dentist will examine and prepare the tooth that needs the crown during your first appointment. An X-ray is usually taken of the tooth and jawbone to investigate for signs of decay and other factors that could increase the risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp. For some patients, root canal treatment may be required before the placement of a crown on a tooth. An impression will be made of your trimmed tooth and the surrounding teeth and sent to the lab for crown fabrication. We will put a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it as you wait for it to be ready. This usually takes less than two weeks.
  • 2nd visit: When your tooth crown is ready, you’ll come in for your final appointment, where the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is placed. We will ensure the color of the dental crown matches your surrounding teeth and fits in your mouth before cementing it into place.

Benefits of Tooth Crowns

There are several benefits of dental crowns, including: 

  • Restore teeth
  • Durable
  • Cost-effective
  • Natural-looking
  • Simple and relatively painless procedure
  • Quick recovery time

How Long Do Dental Caps Last?

The lifespan of a crown generally ranges from 5 to 15 years, depending on the type of material used, as well as your dental hygiene habits and other lifestyle factors. To extend the life of your dental crown, you need to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. This should include brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your general dentist for dental exams and cleanings every six months. You should also avoid biting on hard foods, ice, or other hard objects like pencils, especially if you have a porcelain or ceramic crown, as this can prevent cracking the porcelain. 

Dental Crown Cost

The cost of a dental crown varies depending on several factors, such as the type of crown, but it typically ranges between $1000 and $3,500. Luckily, dental insurance usually covers all or a portion of this cost, so be sure to check with your insurance provider about your coverage.  

Ready to Transform Your Smile with Dental Crowns? Schedule Your Appointment Today!

If you have cracked, chipped, discolored, misshapen, or damaged teeth, dental crowns may be the best solution for you. At Washington Courthouse Dental, we provide customized dental crowns that are durable and aesthetically pleasing. Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and let us help you restore your smile. 

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