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Dental Crown Silver Spring, MD

Dental crowns are one of the most useful restorative treatment options available to our patients today. Crowns can address both restorative and cosmetic issues. Dental crowns have improved a lot thanks to new materials and technology. They fit better, last longer, and our dentists can put them in on the same day using computer-aided design software.

Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer all types of dental crowns. We can provide same-day crowns using our in-office CEREC technology. We may recommend the placement of a custom-fit dental crown for a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Tooth damage: Crowns prevent further deterioration and infection. A dental crown repairs a decayed, chipped, cracked or broken tooth. Our dentist can place them on the back or front teeth.
  • Cosmetic concerns: A dental crown can change the color, shape, and overall appearance of a tooth.
  • Post root canal treatment: Have you had a root canal recently? Chances are that the dentist used a crown to strengthen the tooth after a root canal.
  • Dental implant restoration: A dental crown is the final piece of an implant for a single missing tooth.

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CEREC: Same-day Dental Crowns in Silver Spring

CAD/CAM technology allows our dentists to create a high-quality ceramic dental crown in a single visit. CEREC uses digital technology to transform your dental impressions into a porcelain crown using an in-office milling machine. This method is convenient and cost-saving for all.

Patients appreciate the ease of the process too. The CAD/CAM technology provides an accurate result from your precise specifications. CEREC is often the perfect solution for unexpected tooth trauma, a broken crown, and other cases. Especially in cases where immediate placement will promptly restore your dental health.

Teeth in a day with Dechter and Moy Dentistry in Silver Spring MD

What to Expect: The Dental Crown Process

The dental crown process is not one-size-fits-all. The process depends on the type of crown, the location of the affected tooth, and if we are using CEREC. In all cases, we will evaluate your dental health and recommend the best treatment option for your needs.

The integrity of your result is the goal of your treatment. The type of crown we recommend will depend 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. Our dentist will send the impressions to a lab along with the specifications for your crown.

Our dentist will place a temporary crown while you wait for the final custom crown to arrive from the lab. The crown is often in our office within a couple of weeks. We will call you to return for the placement and fitting as soon as we get it.

Then, our dentist will place the new crown on the prepared tooth. He will adjust it to make sure you are comfortable with your new bite, and then permanently secure it to the tooth.

The same-day dental crown process is a little different. We will begin by preparing the tooth and taking digital impressions. Then, we will upload the digital images to our CEREC software. This will let us plan the design and milling of your crown while you wait.

Our dentist will make any necessary adjustments for fit and comfort once the crown is complete. He will then permanently attach the crown to your tooth. You will not need a temporary crown or a return visit! We will also make sure to give you instructions on how to take care of your new crown.

Dental Crowns Maintenance

Take special care of your new crown during the first couple of days following your dental crown procedure. First avoid hard and sticky foods for the first 48 hours. This will help the dental cement and crown settle in without any issues.

Hard and sticky foods can damage and loosen the crown before it permanently settles on your tooth. This also leads to the next point, crowns are not unbreakable.

Pay attention to what you eat and use your teeth for if you have a dental crown or two. Do not chew on ice with a crown, or use your teeth to open things. Dental crowns are as tough as real tooth enamel, so be gentile when chewing on foods like nuts, popcorn, carrots, and jerky.

Cleaning your dental crown is the same as cleaning your real teeth. Continue following your oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. However, pay special attention to the gumline around your dental crown when flossing.

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.”

Before and after dental crowns in Silver Spring, Maryland

Dental Crown FAQs

Why do I need a dental crown?

You may need one to restore your oral health. Dentists use them to treat weak, decaying, and worn-down teeth. They can also anchor a dental bridge, and act as a cap for dental implants. Dental crowns are so versatile that your dentist may use one in restorative dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry.

What does a dental crown consist of?

A dental crown can consist of a variety of compounds such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, acrylic, and gold. Typically, your dentist will use a metal crown on the molars. Our dentist will use a dental cement to hold the crown in place. This is a semi-permanent treatment for a damaged tooth.

How long do dental crowns last?

A dental crown’s lifespan is typically around five to fifteen years, depending on a patient’s oral care routine. For example, regularly brushing and flossing your teeth will keep your crown in great condition for a long time.

Your diet can also affect the life of your dental crowns. The life of your crown may lean closer to five years before it begins causing problems if you eat a lot of sticky or hard foods. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also damage the crown.

Do crowns break overtime?

Over time crowns may crack or break off. They are strong and durable, but they are not as strong as a natural tooth. Our dentist can repair a crack in your crown. However, if it is broke the dentist may need to replace it.

How much tooth enamel do I need for a crown?

A dental crown is a great option if more than half of the tooth has damage. Our dentist can place it with as little as a quarter of healthy teeth remaining. The crown will sit right at the gumline. Call us at (301) 508-9755 when you are ready for a same-day crown in Silver Spring, MD.