Dental Crowns in Kensington, MD
Kensington Natural Smiles provides dental crowns in Kensington, MD. Call 301-933-3903 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
For mild to moderate tooth decay, a filling is the right choice. For an extensively damaged or decayed tooth, though, a dental crown may be the best solution. Dental crowns are highly functional and aesthetic, blending well with the natural teeth while allowing you to bite and chew as usual. A crown protects what is left of the tooth structure, keeps the jawbone strong, and helps to stabilize the adjoining teeth.
What to Expect
You will see us twice for a dental crown. First, we will take impressions of your teeth and your bite (the way your teeth come together). This ensures that the crown will fit properly in your mouth. We will then remove all the decay and damage from your tooth and prepare it for the crown. Finally, we will take impressions of the prepared tooth and then place a temporary crown.
When your new crown arrives from the dental lab, you will return to our office. We will remove the temporary crown and carefully fit the new crown onto your tooth, chemically bonding it in place. With proper care, a dental crown can last for many years.
Types of Crowns
There are four basic types of dental crowns. We will discuss your needs, desires, and budget to help you decide which type of crown is best for you.
Ceramic – A ceramic crown is crafted entirely from dental porcelain. The most natural-looking, highly aesthetic type of crown, ceramic crowns are the best choice for front teeth. However, they are durable enough to be placed anywhere in the mouth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal – As the name implies, a porcelain fused to metal crown consists of a metal frame covered in dental porcelain. These crowns are extremely strong and resistant to biting and chewing forces, making them an excellent solution for molars. They are not recommended for front teeth, as the metal frame can create a thin dark line at the gums.
Gold Alloys – Those who grind their teeth may prefer gold alloy crowns for their back teeth, as the extremely strong alloy cannot be damaged by grinding. In addition, some people like the unique aesthetic of gold alloy crowns on their front teeth.
We will discuss your options extensively to help you choose the crown that is truly right for you. Regardless of which type of crown you choose, we will work hard on the details. A good dental crown feels comfortable, fits well, blends with the adjacent teeth, and functions like a natural tooth. We are not happy with your new crown until you are.
Call Kensington Natural Smiles today at 301-933-3903 to schedule your appointment.