Dental Crown

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlottesville, VA

A dental crown is an oral prosthetic used to repair a severely damaged or decaying tooth. It restores your tooth’s appearance, making it easier to bite and chew. At Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville, Nicholas Bottorff, DDS, specializes in restorative dentistry, especially dental crowns. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, call the office or book online today.

Dental Crown Q&A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a restoration made of zirconia, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, stainless steel, or metal. It sits on top of a damaged or decaying tooth, improving its strength, size, and overall appearance. 

Once bonded in place, a dental crown mimics your natural tooth’s capabilities. That allows you to eat your favorite foods and preserve your oral health for years to come.

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville specializes in dental crowns, having fitted many different types of crowns for adult patients that perfectly blend in with their natural teeth and provide long-term durability and protection. Their providers know exactly what it takes to restore your smile to an attractive, aesthetically pleasing condition, whether the crown is covering a permanent tooth or attached to a dental implant to complete restoration of a missing tooth.

Why would I need a dental crown?

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville uses dental crowns for various reasons:

  • Make cosmetic modifications
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Bolster a tooth with a large filling
  • Cover dental implants
  • Protect a weak tooth from decay

They also use dental crowns to camouflage severely discolored and misshapen teeth.

Does getting a dental crown take several appointments?

Getting a dental crown typically takes two appointments spaced a week or two apart.

At your initial consultation, Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes oral X-rays to determine the extent of damage or decay. Your provider then administers a local anesthetic and prepares your tooth to receive a crown by removing the decay or large filling with a drill or dental laser.

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville takes impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom dental crown.

A week or so later, you return to the office. Your provider lines the new crown with your damaged tooth and bonds it in place using dental cement. They polish your crown, assess your bite, and send you home.

How do I prevent damage to a dental crown?

If you want to protect your dental crown for years to come, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville recommends brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. In addition, it’s important to visit the practice every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.

If you play contact sports or grind your teeth, wear a mouthguard, and try to avoid bad habits like nail-biting or opening objects with your teeth. By taking these preventive measures, a dental crown can last 10-15 years or even longer.

To see if you’re a candidate for a dental crown, schedule a consultation at Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville today. Call the office or request an appointment online.