Dental Crowns in Silver Spring
Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring provides dental crown services in Silver Spring, MD. Call 240-641-5828 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
When a tooth has sustained damage or more decay than can be repaired with a dental filling, we turn to dental crowns to restore function and appearance. By choosing to place a crown, you can preserve most of your natural tooth structures while repairing damaged areas. This is preferable to extracting the tooth, which can impact the stability of adjacent teeth, cause your teeth to shift and your bite to change, and even lead to bone loss in the jaw.
A dental crown procedure takes two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, we will take an initial impression so the dental lab can fabricate a crown that looks and functions like your natural tooth. Then, we prepare your tooth to receive the crown. This involves removing areas of decay and making sure the shape of the remaining tooth is conducive to crown placement. We take another impression, this time of the prepared tooth, which will ensure that your permanent crown will fit securely. Before you leave our office, we will place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it from damage while your permanent crown is being created.
Once we receive your crown from the dental lab, we will place it and you will be on your way. With proper care and good oral hygiene habits, your restoration could last a lifetime.
There are four main types of dental crowns:
If the damaged tooth we’re replacing is visible when you smile, a ceramic crown is a good option. Because ceramic crowns match the color of your natural teeth, these crowns blend in with the rest of your smile perfectly. They are not as strong as other options, but because they are most often used for teeth near the front of the mouth, as opposed to molars, this is rarely a problem.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
This type of crown marries the strength of metal alloys to the natural look of ceramic for a restoration that truly restores function and appearance to the smile. These crowns are a popular option with our patients.
Gold Alloy Crowns
The strongest type of dental crown, a gold alloy crown is typically used to replace molars or for patients who have a habit of grinding their teeth.
Base Metal Alloy Crowns
Crowns made with base metal alloys are strong and resistant to corrosion. They are often used when there is less existing tooth structure available to support a ceramic or porcelain crown restoration.
During your appointment with us, we will work together to determine which type of crown is best for your unique situation and oral health needs.
Our amazing team of dental professionals will help select the type of crown best suited to your particular needs.
Call 240-641-5828 to schedule your appointment.