The Many Uses of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile tools a dentist has. They can be used for a variety of restorative and cosmetic solutions. Here we discuss how patients in the Chevy Chase area may benefit from dental crowns offered here in our Washington DC dentist office.

Stabilizing a Tooth

One of the most common uses for dental crowns is to stabilize a tooth after a root canal. When a root canal is performed, the infected dental pulp is removed from inside the tooth.

While the hollow space is filled with a biocompatible material, it may not restore the tooth fully. A dental crown ensures that you get back full functionality in the tooth and helps to seal off the tooth from any further infection.

Covering Up a Misshapen or Discolored Tooth

When you have a misshapen or discolored tooth, you may spend too much of your time trying to hide it. Depending on the defect of the tooth and where it’s located in your mouth, you may also have issues eating or speaking with a misshapen tooth. A dental crown is crafted to match the shape of the rest of your teeth and gives you the full functionality of the tooth.

For a discolored tooth, teeth whitening is usually what’s used to treat it. But teeth whitening doesn’t take care of all discoloration. If you have a “dead” tooth or it’s discolored by something like genetics, traditional techniques may not be enough. A dental crown fully goes over your tooth, eliminating the discoloration from view.

Taking Care of a Broken or Cracked Tooth

A cosmetic chip or break isn’t something serious. But when it goes further, that’s when it becomes a problem. When a piece of tooth breaks off, it exposes the dental nerves. It can be painful for anything to come into contact with it. A dental crown replaces the portion that’s been broken off and allows you to use it again.

A cracked tooth can splinter into multiple pieces. It can also leave the dental pulp open and vulnerable to infection. A dental crown can help keep all of the pieces together and avoid the consequences of having to fully extract the tooth. It holds the pieces together and also seals the dental pulp off from infection.

The Final Restoration for Dental Implants

Dental implants are often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement solutions. This is especially true when dental crowns are used as the final restoration. Implants give you back 100% of your bite function and you can keep to your normal oral healthcare routine. Your dental crown will be modeled to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Getting Dental Crowns in Washington DC

Contact us to schedule an appointment with Drs. Azin Ghesmati or Andrew Cobb to find out if a dental crown may be an appropriate solution to address any dental problems you may have. 

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