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Dental Crown Silver Spring MD

Dental Crowns An Overview

Dental crowns are one of the most useful restorative treatment options available to patients today with both restorative and cosmetic applications. The many advances in materials and technology have improved the dental crown, allowing for greater customization, superior durability, and same-day placement using CAD/CAM.

Drs. Dechter and Moy offer all types of dental crowns near you, and can use in-office CEREC technology for the same-day placement of a custom-fit crown when appropriate.

CEREC same-day crowns in Silver Spring MD

We may recommend the placement of a dental crown for a wide range of concerns:

  • Tooth damage: crowns can be placed over a decayed, chipped, or cracked tooth to prevent further deterioration and infection.
  • Cosmetic concerns: a dental crown can change the color, shape, and overall appearance of a tooth.
  • Post root canal: a crown is often placed over a tooth that has had a root canal to strengthen it.
  • Dental implant restoration: a dental crown is the final piece of an implant for a single missing tooth.

CEREC: Same Day Dental Crowns in Silver Spring

Advanced CAD/CAM technology gives Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy the ability to place a custom, high-quality ceramic dental crown during a single visit. Convenient and cost-saving, CEREC uses digital technology to transform your dental impressions into a dental crown using an in-office milling machine.

Patients appreciate the easy process and the CAD/CAM technology provides an accurate result that is made precisely to your specifications. CEREC is often the perfect solution for unexpected tooth trauma, a broken crown, and other cases where immediate placement will restore dental health and meet your overall needs.

Patient Case Study

“Two weeks ago my son was attacked by a group of maniacs. He suffered trauma to his mouth fracturing teeth #8, #9. After doing some research I chose Dechter & Moy Dentistry. Their kindness and customer service were fantastic from the front office to the operatory.

“They have state-of-the-art dental equipment allowing my son to leave with two beautiful permanent crowns in one visit, eliminating the need for a second temporary replacement visit. My son and I are so so pleased he scheduled an appointment for a cleaning.”

Dental crowns in Silver Spring, Maryland


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Dental Crowns What to Expect

The dental crown process will depend on the type of crown being placed, the location of the affected tooth, and whether we are using CEREC technology. In all cases, we will evaluate your dental health and recommend the most suitable material and treatment option for your unique needs.

The integrity of your result is the goal of your treatment and the type of crown recommended will be dependent on the severity of your dental concern, the location of the tooth, and your cosmetic goals.

A traditional dental crown will require a couple of visits to place, starting with tooth preparation and dental impressions. Your dentist will send the impressions to a lab along with the specifications for your crown. A temporary crown is typically placed while we wait for the final custom crown to be sent from the lab.

This is often in our office within a couple of weeks and you can return for the placement and fitting.

Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy will place the new crown on the prepared tooth, adjust as needed for a comfortable bite, and permanently secure it to the tooth.

If CEREC technology is being used to create your new crown, we will begin by preparing the tooth and taking digital impressions using a handheld device. The images are uploaded to computer software that can be used to plan the design and milling of your crown while you wait.

Once the crown is completed, we will place it and make any necessary adjustments for fit and comfort. The crown is permanently attached and your smile is restored without the need for the placement of a temporary crown or a return visit.

Dental Crowns FAQs

Why is a dental crown needed?

A dental crown is needed to treat weak, decaying, and worn-down teeth. They may also be used to anchor a dental bridge, and act as a cap for dental implants. Dental crowns are so versatile that they can be used in restorative dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry.

What is a dental crown made of?

A dental crown caps off the top of problematic teeth. It acts as a cover and strengthens the surface of the tooth. They are made of a variety of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, acrylic, and gold. Crowns are held in place using dental cement and are considered a semi-permanent treatment for a damaged tooth.

How long do dental crowns last?

A dental crown’s lifespan is typically around 5-15 years depending on a patient’s oral care. If a patient takes good care of their crown and regularly brushes and flosses their teeth, their crown is much more likely to have a longer lifespan. A patient’s diet can also affect the life of dental crowns. If you eat a lot of sticky or problematic foods, the life of your crown may lean closer to 5 years before it starts causing problems.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns typically last somewhere between 5-15 years. They are strong and durable, but it’s highly unlikely that they last your lifetime.

Do crowns break overtime?

Over time crowns may crack or break off. They are very strong and durable, but they are not your natural teeth. Cracks in a crown may be repaired, but if the crown is broken it may need to be replaced.

How much tooth is needed for a crown?

Crowns can be placed with as little as a quarter of healthy teeth remaining. Crowns may be placed when a tooth has little healthy tissue supporting it. Crowns are a great option if more than half of the tooth has been damaged.