Dental Crowns in Vienna, VA
Modern dental restorations have come a long way in the last couple of decades with many options for a patient to consider when replacing and restoring teeth. The dentist uses dental crowns to replace lost or decayed teeth. These commonly performed procedures give our patients the most satisfactory results and Dr. Ellenbogen will work with you to determine which treatment options and materials will best suit your needs. You do not have to suffer with a lasting toothache! Instead call our Vienna, VA dental office today for an evaluation.
Most Common Reasons Our Patients Need Crowns
- Replace large fillings
- Protect weakened teeth from fracturing
- Restoring cracked or chipped teeth
- Cover discolored or poorly shaped teeth
- Used in conjunction with root canal therapy
- Capping a dental implant
Dental crowns are durable and functional caps that cover an entire upper portion of the tooth, the part you see above the gum line. The dentist relies on these types of treatments to restore biting and chewing power while also looking like a completely natural tooth. Dental crowns repair fractured or severely decayed teeth because we can save more of the natural tooth structure. Dental crowns are made of porcelain, gold alloy, metal alloys, resins, steel, or a combination of these materials. They can be temporary or permanent, and as part of a bridge, dental implant, or a standalone crown. Since they are uniquely made in a dental lab from a mold of your own mouth, they will fit seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
What Materials are Used for Dental Crowns?
We use a number of high quality materials to craft dental restorations including:
- Gold – still setting the standard in oral health treatment, gold crowns and other restorations may not blend into smiles as well as patients might hope, but this high quality material is not only ideal for creating a durable, long lasting restoration it is also the least abrasive to surrounding teeth minimizing the potential for additional damage.
- Porcelain bonded to metal – a more cosmetic alternative, porcelain bonded to metal restorations offer the long lasting durability of metallic fillings with flawlessly shaded dental grade porcelain. The porcelain is slightly more abrasive to surrounding teeth, and overtime, patients may begin to see the darker metal below as the porcelain layer of the tooth wears away.
- E-Max all-ceramic – unlike porcelain bonded to metal crowns, E-Max ceramic crowns are crafted entirely from high quality lithium disilicate ceramic. This is a superior, dental grade ceramic that looks more natural than other options, and even as the ceramic wears down over years of usage, it retains its flawless appearance. Compared with traditional porcelain bonded to metal crowns, E-Max all-ceramic restorations look and feel more natural, last longer, and since they are crafted from a single block of high quality ceramic, there is less chance the restorations will chip or break.
- Zirconia – the new standard in dental restoration may be the Zirconia crown. This material offers the high quality results and reduced abrasion to surrounding teeth possible from gold crowns with the cosmetic appearance of porcelain and ceramic solutions. Zirconia truly offers the best of both worlds. These high quality crowns are extremely durable and can be placed anywhere in the mouth. Even the back teeth which receive high levels of stress from the jaw can be successfully repaired with these strong, natural looking Zirconia crowns.
What is the Treatment for Crowns?
The procedure for dental crown restorations can take two to three appointments depending on your unique needs. First Dr. Ellenbogen will evaluate your smile and take both images and X-rays. Then, he will use sedation dentistry and local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable during treatment. Next, he will prepare your teeth to receive the restoration. This might involve extraction of any decayed or damaged teeth that cannot be saved. He will eliminate decay, clean the area, and cut down some of the natural tooth structure, shaping it to make room for the crowns. Then, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth and molds to send to the dental lab, where they will fabricate your restoration. On your next visit, Dr. Ellenbogen will remove any temporary fittings and check the color and fit of your new crown. If everything is in order, he will numb the area and permanently cement your new crown or bridge in place.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Allows you to chew and speak properly
- Keep remaining teeth in proper place
- Equally distribute the biting forces
- Restore the natural beauty of your smile
- Help maintain the shape of your face
How Long do Crowns Last?
For the most part, any dental restoration will last between five and 15 years. These dental restorations match the natural form and function as much as possible and are meant to stay in place for some time. Ideally, these would be permanent restorations like dental implants. Unfortunately, most people subject their teeth to a lot of wear and tear. If you accidentally damage your crowns, they might require a replacement. If you practice proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, you can expect your crowns to last even longer. Some common problems to watch for include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Porcelain becomes chipped
- Crown becomes loose
- Jawbone shrinkage due to lost tooth
- Risk of tooth decay and gum disease
To care for your dental crowns, treat them like you would any other tooth. This means daily flossing and brushing at least twice a day. You should visit your dentist twice a year for exams and professional cleanings. During these routine appointments, Dr. Ellenbogen will check on the restorations and make sure no damage or loosening has occurred.
Getting Crowns from Dr. Ellenbogen
If you have a seriously damaged tooth or missing teeth, you may need crowns to restore the full function and beauty of your teeth. In our office in Vienna, VA, we strive to provide only the most effective and advanced treatments for all patients. These dental restorations are uniquely crafted to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. All appointments run as smoothly and efficiently as possible with our sedation techniques, anesthesia, and advanced technology.
You do not have to keep living with a gap in your smile or a painful toothache. You deserve the best!
If you are thinking about getting crowns or bridges, contact us today at (703) 734-1095 to schedule an appointment. We are ready to answer any questions you might have and in no time, we develop a treatment plan to best suit your needs.