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Posts for: December, 2015

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 02, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Crowns  

Find out when it might be time to talk to your Reston dentists about dental crowns.

Want to know more about dental crowns and how your Reston dentists Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang can repair a damaged smile? Then you’ve come to the right place!Crowns

About Dental Crowns

When you think about a tooth it can easily be separated into two parts: the roots and the crown. In someone with a healthy smile, you won’t be able to see the roots, which are covered over by bone and gums. But the part of the tooth that you do see is the crown, and when your Reston, VA dentist places a dental restoration over the crown of the tooth this is known as a dental crown.

The Many Uses for Dental Crowns

Your general dentist in Reston may recommend getting a dental crown for any of the following situations:

A large filing: If you have a cavity that is currently half the size of the tooth then a dental crown is usually a better option than a dental filling. Since the filling would be extensive and the tooth is already so weak it would be prone to further damage.

After a root canal: Since the purpose of a root canal is to go inside the tooth to remove a diseased or inflamed pulp, this hollowed out tooth is now more susceptible to damage. In order to restore full function back into the tooth a dental crown is necessary.

A fractured cusp: Trauma or large, weakened fillings can cause the cusp of the tooth to break. This isn’t too surprising since this is the part of the tooth that takes on the most stress while eating. After buffing out the break we will usually place a dental crown over it to prevent further complications.

A cracked tooth: If you are experiencing a crack inside the tooth then you may also experience pain when chewing. By placing a dental crown over the tooth we can take stress away from certain areas of the natural crown and redistribute the stress more evenly.

Severely worn teeth: Are you a serious tooth grinder? Do you sometimes use your teeth as tools to open packages and bottles? If so, then you may find that your natural teeth wear down much faster. Once enamel has started to wear away it may be time to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it.

Teeth with significant aesthetic issues: Of course there are several cosmetic options to improve the look of a tooth that doesn’t have any functional issues. But those with significant discolorations or misshapen teeth may still require a dental crown to get the best shape, color and overall look.

Let Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry restore your smile and help you maintain the best oral health. Call our office today if you are dealing with any dental concerns, or if it’s just time to schedule your next routine visit.