What Are Dental Crowns?

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
April 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns are made of a material similar to porcelain that is durable for a long time. This crown is placed on top of a tooth to restore the dental crownsappearance and/or function of the tooth. Your Arlington, VA dentist Dr. Bruce Hanley can examine your teeth thoroughly and decide whether or not a crown is a viable treatment option for you. Dental crowns have proven to be a great solution for a variety of dental situations.

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Ultimately, when decay occurs in a tooth and becomes so advanced, large portions of that tooth must be removed to prevent future dental problems. In these cases, crowns are generally used to restore the tooth. Crowns can also be used by your Arlington, Virginia dentist Dr. Hanley to cover dental implants, attach bridges, prevent cracked teeth from worsening or if a filling is at risk to become loose. They also can be used for aesthetic reasons.

In order to accommodate a crown the best, a tooth must usually be reduced in size. An impression is made of the tooth and Dr. Hanley can customize a crown in-office using CEREC Technology. This high-tech dental technology allows patients to receive their crowns the same day. This is a great option as patients can see results immediately and there is no need for a temporary crown or a second dental visit.

With proper oral hygiene, a good crown can last many years. Flossing between the crown can reduce the amount of plaque there that can cause decay in the surrounding teeth of the dental restoration. Teeth grinding can significantly reduce the life of a crown. Refrain from eating hard foods that can compromise the crown staying in place or even damage it.

If you have any questions about what CEREC crowns can do for your oral health, schedule a consultation with your Arlington, Virginia dentist Dr. Hanley today. Call 703-524-7100 to learn more about same-day crowns.