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By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Treatments
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Cracks and fractures can damage your teeth, but they don't have to permanently alter your smile. Reston, VA, dentists Drs. Monica NeshatDental Crowns and Joy Jang of Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry explain how dental crowns can repair and restore teeth.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are restorations that are designed to slide over your teeth. Because they completely encase teeth, they offer an excellent way to stabilize them or hide cosmetic imperfections. Porcelain, one of the most common materials used to make crowns, is extremely tough and is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.

Crowns protect your teeth

Have you been told that you have a crack in a tooth? If you don't protect your tooth with a crown, that crack may widen and deepen, causing your tooth to fracture. Crowns are also a good choice if your tooth has already fractured. Placing a crown over the broken tooth prevents further damage, improves your appearance and restores your ability to bite.

Aging and dental procedures can make your teeth weak and susceptible to cracking and breaking. Dental crowns are usually recommended if you have a large filling in a tooth or have recently had a root canal procedure. Because those treatments involve removing large amounts of tooth structure, they tend to weaken teeth.

Dental crowns offer the ideal solution to cosmetic issues

Some tooth discolorations, such as those caused by the use of the antibiotic tetracycline in your childhood, actually occur inside your tooth. Unfortunately, teeth whitening treatment can only address stains in your tooth enamel. Dental crowns offer an excellent way to cover stains that can detract from your smile. Crowns can also be used to disguise the shape of unusual looking teeth or lengthen your teeth.

Are you missing a tooth? Crowns are attached to dental implants and also anchor artificial teeth in bridges. If you choose an implant, you'll need to visit our Reston office to be fitted with a crown after your implant fuses to your jawbone.

Ready to find out if a crown is a good choice for you? Call Reston, VA, dentists Drs. Neshat and Jang of Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (703) 437-5555 to schedule your appointment.

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