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By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Treatments

Crowns are one of the best ways to restore damaged teeth. Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang of Reston, VA, are more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

What are dental crowns:

Crowns are tooth-like dental appliances made of porcelain. The crown has a hollow interior to fit over teeth and is custom made. Your Reston dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a lab where it's made in about a week or two. In the meantime, you're given a temporary crown.

So why get a dental crown anyway?

Crowns protect exposed teeth vulnerable to decay. They also reinforce teeth to help them withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating your favorite foods without worry. Crowns also protect teeth that have undergone restorative procedures where a significant amount of natural tooth is removed, like a root canal.

They're also used for other procedures like attaching bridges, covering dental implants, covering an existing filling that may be dislocated, and covering stained or discolored teeth.

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • You need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. Make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown to avoid plaque and reduce the chances of cavities forming.
     
  • Dieting can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars are food for bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods, like apples and carrots, scrape the plaque off your teeth.
     
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris.
     
  • Visit your dentist for your biannual checkup and professional dental cleaning.
  • Bruxism, teeth grinding, can reduce how long your crowns last so opt for a mouth guard or splints.

Do you need a consultation with a dentist?

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang of Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, by calling (703) 437-5555.

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