Dental Crowns – Leesburg, VA
Preserve a Tooth, Restore Your Smile
Whether they are called crowns or caps, these dental restorations are designed to cover and protect the visible portion of a tooth above the gum line. Some of the situations for which Dr. Groy might recommend a dental crown include:
- A tooth that already has a filling, but now there is more filling than tooth. As tooth structure weakens over time, it may not be able to support a filling.
- A tooth in pain that could indicate there is an internal fracture, or cracked tooth syndrome (CTS). This could be due to a metal filling that has expanded and contracted with temperature changes. A crown can be placed over the cusps to prevent expansion and contraction.
- As protection after a tooth has had a root canal
- As part of a bridge, crowns are placed over the teeth that abut the gap in your smile in order to hold replacement teeth in place
Advantages of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are designed to strengthen and protect a tooth, but they can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns today are made of porcelain, laboratory manufactured composite material, porcelain-fused-to-metal or all metal, including gold or another precious metal. You and Dr. Groy will choose the material that is most appropriate depending on where you need the crown.
Two appointments are necessary to place a dental crown. At the first, Dr. Groy will prepare the tooth, take an impression, and place a temporary crown over the prepped tooth. During the second appointment, the temporary is removed and the permanent crown is fitted, adjusted and bonded into place.
Dr. Groy begins by administering a local anesthetic that will last from one to four hours. Once the site is numb, the minimal amount of tooth structure is removed in order to allow the new crown to fit comfortably and look natural.
After preparation, we’ll take an impression of the tooth. A thin strip of retraction cord is positioned around the tooth, so the impression material reaches below the gum line where the crown will end. Then the temporary crown is placed. If the temporary comes off, use a dab of petroleum jelly to replace it until you can get to the office and have it cemented again.
If you experience any discomfort after this appointment, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil. If discomfort continues, please contact our dental office, located in Leesburg.
At this appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth is cleaned. The permanent crown is fitted and checked for accuracy. If any slight alterations are needed, we can take care of those in the office. Finally, you permanent crown is bonded to the tooth.