Dental Crown in Washington, DC
If you have a damaged or weak tooth, try dental crowns. Dr. Nishan Halim is a Washington, DC dentist who provides dental crowns to patients who need to cover and protect their teeth. Dental crowns can be used to address damaged, misshapen, or discolored teeth, as well as hold dental bridges in place or, cover dental implants.
Dentists mainly use dental crowns to protect teeth from decay and other damage caused by tooth decay. They cement them directly onto the tooth or place them over a filling material that has been placed into a cavity. Crowns are usually made out of porcelain or gold. Porcelain crowns are generally preferred because they look better than gold crowns.
Our crowns are custom-fit to each patient and made of sturdy porcelain ceramic material. Porcelain crowns strengthen weak teeth and blend in with remaining natural teeth. Learn more about this restorative dental treatment we provide below.
What Do Dental Crowns Treat?
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile tools that a dentist has to use. Since they cover the entire tooth, they’re able to treat both cosmetic and restorative dental concerns. Aesthetically, a crown can take care of staining that isn’t responsive to traditional whitening techniques. Crowns are color-matched to whatever shade you desire so that they blend in with the rest of your smile. They can also completely cover a misshapen tooth or one that has a defect, evening out your smile.
For restorative purposes, crowns are most commonly used to stabilize the tooth after you’ve had a root canal. While the interior of your tooth is filled with a biocompatible material and it’s then sealed, a dental crown helps ensure you still get the full functionality of your tooth. It can also help to seal out bacteria and prevent further tooth decay from occurring.
If you have a tooth that’s severely damaged by tooth decay or trauma, a crown can allow you to keep the natural tooth root and the benefits it provides. A crown holds the tooth together and makes sure that it’s stable to use. With a broken or cracked tooth, a crown replaces the parts of the tooth that have broken off, making your tooth whole again.
Dental Crown Treatment
To begin treatment, Dr. Halim will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and jaw joints. Using diagnostic x-rays, he can easily find hidden signs of decay, stress, and instability. This exam will help Dr. Halim design a personalized dental crown treatment plan. Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Halim will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. He may provide a temporary crown while we wait for the final restoration.
Dr. Halim can then coordinate the rest of your dental crown procedure with specialists and lab technicians. Lab technicians use the images and impressions of the tooth that Dr. Halim takes to fabricate a custom dental crown. Once the new crown is ready, Dr. Halim will then recommend specialists who can permanently bond the crown to the affected tooth.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is it painful to receive dental crowns?
No, a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth or multiple teeth receiving the dental crown. You may feel some soreness after receiving one or more crowns, but this can be treated with ice packs and pain medication.
Can dental crowns fall out?
Dental crowns can sometimes become loose as a result of dental problems like tooth damage or decay. During routine visits, Dr. Halim will monitor the condition of your dental crown as well as your natural teeth. If you notice any changes in the fit or comfort of your crown, contact our Washington, DC dental office. We will schedule an appointment for you to be seen right away.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Even if teeth are broken or damaged, you can still receive a dental crown if the tooth root is intact. Even then, patients with missing teeth can receive dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges which include dental crowns. Bone grafting is also an option for patients who do not have sufficient bone structure for dental implants and crowns. If patients have tooth decay or gum disease, the infection must be removed before dental crown treatment.
Contact Our Washington, DC Dental Office
Treat your broken, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth with dental crowns. Call Dr. Halim for comprehensive dental procedures today at 202.318.4113. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Halim on our website. If you have any remaining questions about dental crowns or other restorative dental treatments, let Dr. Halim or a member of his dental team know at your next consultation. They will be happy to clarify any confusion or concerns that you may have.