June 11, 2017
When you’re teeth look and feel great, you are happy to smile. You probably want to show off your great smile.
But when the opposite is true — your teeth are damaged, do not look good, or are missing — then smiling can be embarrassing. That’s a shame because everyone should feel good about smiling. What’s worse is how such damage can grow bigger without treatment. That tiny crack can eventually fracture your tooth open if you ignore it for too long.
Call our Fairfax, VA dental office today at 703-552-2530 to schedule an appointment for dental crowns. These restorative dentistry treatments can save your teeth by repairing the damage and even replacing lost teeth. With dental crowns in place, you can get back to showing off your great smile.
What Are Dental Crowns Used For?
Restorative dentistry is used when you have damaged or missing teeth. These treatments restore your teeth to how they should be: strong, healthy, and attractive.
That’s exactly what dental crowns do. Also known as caps, they are hollow artificial teeth. Your dental crowns are shaped to look like a healthy version of the tooth they will cover. They’re colored to match your other teeth, so once placed in your smile, they look like a natural part of it.
The dental crown procedure is routine for our Fairfax dentist. Once the tooth has been measured, a lab makes your dental crown. When you come in to have it placed, Dr. Ki will start by gently removing a thin layer of enamel. Although dental crowns are very thin, they need this so they fit normally with your other natural teeth. Then Dr. Ki bonds the tooth in the right place, and you are done!
Saving Your Teeth With Dental Crowns
PROTECT TEETH THAT BECAME WEAK
Your enamel is there to protect your teeth. You have nerve endings and blood vessels deep inside your teeth. Without enamel, chewing anything would be painful. That’s why it’s a big problem when your enamel grows weak. This can happen from an infection inside the tooth or damage like chips and cracks.
Dental crowns cover the entire visible part of your tooth. This adds protection to weak enamel so your teeth are better protected against cavities or other damage.
REPAIR CAVITIES TOO BIG FOR FILLINGS
Cavities are probably the most common damage your teeth will get. But the thing about cavities is that you can have them without knowing it. That’s because enamel has no nerve endings in it. And because cavities don’t stop growing until treated, a small cavity can become huge without you knowing it.
That’s why you need a dental crown. If a cavity gets too big, a filling won’t stay put — it will just keep falling out. Because a dental crown will seal up the tooth, it stops the cavity from getting worse. It also strengthens the tooth so can use it like normal without pain or discomfort.
COVER WORN EDGES OR DEEP STAINS
Although enamel is durable, it can get worn down. This usually happens through the chewing you do every day of your life. Repeatedly mashing your teeth together when chewing will eventually wear down the biting surface of your teeth. You can also get stains deep in your enamel that teeth whitening cannot lift.
Dental crowns can help with both problems. They’re made to look and feel like one of your natural teeth, only healthy and white. Once placed over a problem tooth, it hides the worn edges and deep stains that can make a tooth stick out like a sore thumb in your smile.
REPLACE A MISSING TOOTH
Sometimes, the problem isn’t damage or imperfections. Adults can lose their permanent teeth. This can happen due to gum disease, a dental extraction, or a bad accident. Not only does that dark gap really stand out when you smile, it’s also unhealthy for you.
There are two restorative dentistry treatments that replace a missing tooth: a dental bridge and a dental implant. Both use a dental crown as the durable but attractive replacement tooth. With either treatment, you’ll get all your teeth back.
Call us TODAY at 703-552-2530 and make an appointment with Dr. Laura Ki. You can also request an appointment online with our Fairfax dentist. Dental crowns can save your teeth when they are damaged. They can even replace teeth that were lost. Thankfully, Dr. Ki has the right mix of advanced training and real-world experience to know how to do a dental crown procedure safely and effectively.