When you experience dental damage or decay, you need to know who to call who can help you restore your smile quickly and effectively. At Dental Excellence in Towson, MD we provide custom dental crowns for patients to repair decayed, broken or failing teeth.
A dental crown is a prosthetic cap that sits on top of the foundational core of your natural tooth. Your dentist will have to remove a significant amount of enamel to make space for the prosthetic tooth. However, the dental crown procedure allows patients to maintain the tooth-root functionality from their natural tooth. This will allow them to avoid the need for a tooth extraction.
Dental Crowns in Towson, MD
Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson are both highly trained restorative dentists in Towson, MD. They help our patients restore their smiles after experiencing dental damage. They can also replace existing ‘less realistic’ or failing crowns with restorations that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Our doctors are happy to answer any questions you might have about the dental crown procedure during your next appointment. Our dentists may suggest a dental crown to address:
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Mishappen teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
- Restore a missing tooth along with a dental implant
Same-day crowns with CEREC
We use CEREC to create beautiful, high-quality zirconia and glass-ceramic crowns while you wait. CEREC is a CAD/CAM technology that uses digital imaging to provide a great fit, durable restoration, and quick results. When possible, we will offer this option for placing a dental crown. CEREC is often the perfect solution for patients who have a broken crown, need to replace old fillings and want a stable result, or have a damaged tooth.
Dental Crown FAQs
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Dental crowns provide a very reliable solution to most major dental concerns. They can correct “smile” and functional, chewing, or speaking problems caused by tooth decay or damage. They also prevent cracks from spreading apart and causing pain under biting forces. Crowns offer support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth all while looking completely natural and correcting diastemas/spacing issues. The dentist will often pace the tooth crown after a root canal to strengthen the tooth and support long-term dental health.
How long does the dental crown process last?
Traditional dental crowns generally require at least two office visits. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare your tooth for the dental crown. The dentist will remove a significant amount of enamel to make space for the prosthetic tooth. The dentist will take dental impressions to ensure the restoration will properly meet your needs.
Your dentist will place a temporary crown over your prepared tooth to be worn until your permanent crown returns from our labs. Once your dentist is ready to apply the dental crown, we will call you back in and firmly secure it in your smile with dental cement.
Can I eat normally with a dental crown?
Yes, you can eat normally with a tooth crown. In fact, dentists use tooth crowns to restore teeth that have damage or are missing, allowing the individual to eat and speak normally. However, you should still avoid biting or chewing on hard foods (like ice or hard candy) as it can cause the crown to become loose or even fall out.
How can I take care of my dental crowns?
Proper care can extend the longevity of your dental crowns while keeping the smile healthy. Be sure to brush, floss, and visit the dentist as directed to ensure your crowns last as long as possible before needing replacement.
Can I receive a dental crown in one day?
If your dentist has a CEREC system, they can complete dental crowns and other porcelain restorations in a single appointment. Otherwise, your dentist will send your restorations to an outside laboratory and may require two visits instead of just one.
Schedule An Appointment
Are you in need of a dental crown? Schedule an appointment with the experienced dental care professionals in Towson at Dental Excellence. We hope to see you soon.