A severely damaged tooth impacts everything from your self-esteem to your ability to chew properly. To restore your decayed or cracked tooth to its natural brilliance, Lida M. Vargas, DDS, and Santiago J. Rueda, DDS, are available to revitalize your smile with the help of a dental crown at Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about how a dental crown can improve your smile.
A dental crown is a cap that fits perfectly over any tooth that has succumbed to decay, damage, or discoloration, or is seriously chipped or cracked. The crown is customized to fit over your tooth exactly, functioning just like your tooth did before it was damaged. Dr. Vargas or Dr. Rueda may recommend a dental crown if you have:
Crowns are made to look just like your natural teeth, so they blend into your smile once your dentist color-matches and cements your new crown.
There are several types of crowns to choose from, and the most popular include:
Made out of porcelain, ceramic crowns are typically used to restore your front teeth. They’re incredibly popular as they look the most natural when compared to your natural teeth. Because ceramic crowns aren’t quite as strong as those made out of other materials — gold, porcelain-fused to metal, etc. — they’re not recommended for your molars.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns provide patients with natural-looking teeth that also hold up well against the elements; they’re both aesthetically pleasing and incredibly sturdy. However, to fully restore your damaged tooth, your dentist needs to remove a large amount of your tooth to make room for the porcelain fused to metal crown.
Known to be one of the strongest types of crowns, a gold crown is made of up gold and other metals such as copper. This particular type of crown isn’t likely to crack over time, so it’s ideal for those looking for a sturdy crown. The one major downside is that a gold crown doesn’t look natural against the rest of your teeth.
CEREC® same-day crowns provide busy patients with custom-made crowns in just one visit. Thanks to the state-of-the-art dental technology used at Virginia Dental Group, CEREC crowns save you time and discomfort, allowing you to walk out of the office with a brand-new smile.
CEREC works by using advanced scanning technology to design the restoration, meaning no messy impressions. These scans are then used to manufacture your new crowns in just one day.
For more information on your dental crown options, call Virginia Dental Group or book an appointment online today.