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Dental Crowns An Overview

A dental crown is a tooth-colored “cap” that is placed over the entire portion of a damaged tooth. A dental crown is specially crafted to fit a patients’ unique needs. They are necessary to protect the tooth from further damage as well as strengthen it.

Every smile is unique, so a dental crown can be shaped, sized, and color-matched to blend seamlessly with the natural smile. Typically, dental crowns are created using porcelain ceramic, which is a natural stain and decay-resistant material.

Dental crowns serve a variety of purposes in dentistry. Dental crowns may be used to:

  • Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
  • Address stained or discolored teeth
  • Reshape a misshapen tooth
  • Restore damaged or decayed teeth
  • Restore missing teeth with the help of a dental implant
  • Replace fractured or damaged fillings

Dr. Justin Deckard offers dental crowns in our Washington, DC dentistry office. Dr. Deckard incorporates the latest dental technology and materials to create dental crowns that offer long-lasting, natural-looking results.

CEREC Technology For Dental Crowns

CEREC  produced dental crowns are typically referred to as “same-day dental crowns.” In some cases, Dr. Deckard may utilize CEREC technology to design and fabricate dental crowns in just one visit to our Washington, DC dental office.

CEREC eliminates the need for temporary restorations, multiple office visits, and long waiting times. When applicable, Dr. Deckard may use CEREC technology to create high-quality dental crowns.

Schedule An Appointment

To learn more about dental crowns, visit DC Precision Dentistry. To schedule an appointment, call (202) 851-7554 or request an appointment online.

Dental Crowns What to Expect

Treatment will depend on the unique needs of each patient. The process for receiving a dental crown may vary from patient to patient. Dr. Deckard will be sure to explain all phases of treatment to ensure patients are well informed.

In some cases, patients will need to visit our dental office on multiple occasions throughout the duration of the dental crown process. Dr. Deckard will prepare the tooth for bonding. Dr. Deckard will take any necessary impressions or molds of the tooth. While the dental crown is fabricated, patients may receive a temporary crown to help stabilize the affected tooth.

During the final visit, the dental crown is placed and secured. Dr. Deckard will discuss any aftercare instructions to ensure patients are equipped with the knowledge needed to care for their new smile.

What is a Dental Implant Supported Crown?

A dental crown is typically used to restore a severely damaged tooth. However, they can also be used to replace a single missing tooth. If you are missing one tooth, Dr. Deckard can implant a single fixture into your jaw bone at the void. After a few months of healing, a custom made dental crown will then be screwed or cemented to the dental implant. An implant supported crown is the most natural way to replace a single missing tooth. It will not only look like a real tooth but will also function and feel like a real tooth. This solution will also prevent bone loss in the jaw.


Dental Crowns FAQs

Does my insurance cover dental crowns?

Yes, most dental insurance plans will cover the placement of a dental crown. A dental crown is considered a necessary dental procedure for your overall health if used to repair a damaged tooth. Although, if you are getting a dental crown for cosmetic reasons, you may not be covered. Contact your insurance provider for specific details.

Can a dental crown last a lifetime?

Yes, but only crowns made of certain materials. Gold tooth crowns and zirconia tooth crowns can last for a lifetime. Metal crowns can last for about 20 years. Porcelain crowns can last between 10 to 15 years. You can elongate the life of your crown by practicing good oral hygiene.

Can dental crowns be whitened?

No, most dental crowns can not be whitened. You can take steps at home to keep your crown as bright as possible, but traditional teeth whitening methods do not work on dental crown materials. Modern dental crowns are highly stain-resistant, so consider replacing your old crown instead.