Dental Crowns for Cosmetic & Comprehensive Restoration
Dental crowns are a restoration procedure performed for a variety of reasons, including supporting teeth that have developed large fillings, preventing a tooth that is cracked from breaking further, restoring broken teeth, and protecting weakened teeth by placing and affixing the customized restoration over the tooth or dental implant that needs support, returning it back to its original size and shape. Crowns can be made of a range of materials, including resin, gold, porcelain-and-metal, and ceramics, and are designed to match the color of your surrounding teeth. Following the placement of a crown, you will enjoy improved structural integrity that will allow you to chew without risk of damaging your teeth and a restored cosmetic appearance of your smile.
At Dental Serenity™, we offer a comprehensive range of dental procedures, from common treatments like dental crowns or root canal therapy, cosmetic treatments like veneers or teeth whitening, restorative procedures like dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and emergency care. To ensure you are comfortable and have as enjoyable an experience as possible, we also offer sedation dentistry so you can remain calm and receive the care you need.
If you are interested in learning more about the quality services we offer, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for dental crowns, contact our office at 703-445-9600, stop by our clinic located at 17181 Wayside Dr., Dumfries, Virginia, or schedule an appointment online.
Procedural Steps of Dental Crowns
The dental crown process begins with an initial consultation to evaluate your overall oral health to determine if this is the right treatment option for you. If necessary, dental X-rays or other diagnostic exams will be taken to assist with the diagnosis and inform your treatment plan. This appointment will also include a review of your medical history to assess risks and avoid unnecessary complications.
If it is determined that dental crowns are the right treatment option for you, a follow-up examination will be scheduled. Prior to performing the procedure, we will explain what you can expect during the procedure and answer any questions you might have. If requested or necessary, we will also administer dental sedation (nitrous oxide) to help reduce any anxiety or concern you may have and a local anesthetic to numb the area being worked on.
Once this has taken effect, the procedure begins with the removal of decay and the outer portion of the tooth. Next, an impression is made of the trimmed tooth and a temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth while your permanent crown is being designed. Once the crown comes in, your temporary crown will be removed and replaced with the permanent crown, which will be cemented to your tooth.
Dental Crowns Aftercare
Following your dental crown appointment, the best thing you can do to preserve the integrity of your dental crown and avoid needing similar procedures in the future is to follow these best practices:
- Practice good daily oral hygiene habits: Enjoying good oral health requires a personal commitment on your part to consistently brush your teeth twice daily and flossing regularly. If you struggle with flossing on a regular basis, you may want to consider floss picks or interdental brushes.
- Eat healthy: Avoiding unhealthy foods and beverages that are high in starch and sugar is one of the best ways to avoid developing oral health issues. It is also important to swish your mouth with water after eating a meal or drinking a sugary beverage to remove food remnants that can cause decay if not removed. Using a straw while drinking sugary beverages also reduces the amount of sugar that is exposed to your teeth.
- Dental cleanings/checkups: To prevent cavities, gum disease, or other issues that may result in needing dental crowns, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup at least every six months. In addition to performing a professional cleaning, these checkups also provide an opportunity to identify and begin treating issues before they become worse.
Provided you follow these guidelines, your dental crowns should last up to 15 years or longer. If you notice that your crown has become cracked or chipped, schedule an appointment to have the crown evaluated to determine if replacement is necessary.
What is the Cost of Dental Crowns?
The cost of dental crowns will depend on a variety of factors, including how many crowns are needed, whether additional procedures are performed along with the dental crown, whether dental sedation is used, and whether you are covered by dental insurance. If you do have dental insurance, your final bill will be determined by your dental insurance coverage, co-pay requirements, and annual deductibles.
Our clinic is in network with most PPOs and accepts all insurance plans. We also offer interest free financing through Lending Club, and CareCredit, or you may consider joining our Dental Serenity Membership Club to save money on treatment and simplify your payments for preventative care. To learn more about Dental Serenity Membership Club, click on the following link: https://dental-serenity.illumitrac.com/
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Dentistry with a Gentle Touch
At Dental Serenity™, we understand that visiting the dentist can cause concern and anxiety, which is why we do everything we can to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one. To help provide you with as enjoyable an experience as possible, our office is fitted with free high-speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs in all of our treatment rooms, soothing music to put you in a relaxed state, aromatherapy, and neck massagers in our waiting room. We are also committed to providing you with services when you need them most, which is why we offer early morning and late evening appointments throughout the week.
To schedule an appointment for dental crowns, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the best dental care possible delivered in a comfortable and calm environment by professionals who are committed to ensuring that you receive the personalized care you deserve and provide you with a healthy smile that you can feel confident in!