If you chip or crack a tooth, a dental crown can prevent further damage and help you avoid an extraction. At Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, in North Bethesda, Maryland, the dental team regularly helps patients restore their smiles using dental crowns. To see if you’re a candidate, call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that helps restore a weak or decaying tooth to its original size, strength, and aesthetic appearance. When cemented in place, a crown covers your entire tooth above the surface of your gum line.
The team at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, regularly uses dental crowns to treat a variety of issues. Depending on your situation, the team may recommend a dental crown to:
The team also uses dental crowns to make cosmetic modifications. For example, a dental crown can improve the aesthetic appearance of a misshapen or a severely discolored tooth.
Getting a dental crown requires two separate appointments.
At your first appointment, a member of the team performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions. They also take a series of digital X-rays to get a better look at your tooth roots.
If your tooth isn’t at risk of infection, you’re a good candidate for a dental crown and treatment moves forward. Your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and teeth. Next, your dentist files down the tooth receiving the crown and takes a series of digital scans, which are sent to a laboratory for manufacturing. Finally, your dentist applies a temporary crown and gives you a list of recovery instructions.
About two to three weeks later, you return for your second appointment. Your dentist once again administers a local anesthetic and removes your temporary crown. After placing your permanent dental crown, your dentist cements it in place. The whole process typically takes less than 90 minutes.
Dental crowns last an average of between 5-15 years. However, if you take good care of them, they may last even longer. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, visit the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, and avoid biting down on hard candy or popcorn kernels.
If you’ve cracked or chipped a tooth, a dental crown may be able to help. Call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, today.