Dental Crowns in Silver Spring, Maryland
Dental crown can be thought of as a cap that is shaped like a tooth. Our Cloverly & Silver Spring dentist places the cap over a tooth in order to restore the existing tooth to its proper shape, size, strength, and appearance. A crown fully encases the visible portion of a tooth above the gum line once it is cemented into place.
A crown is fabricated outside the mouth, unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into the mouth. Crowns are created in a laboratory from an impression taken from your tooth. This allows our dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements so that the crown can be sculpted just for you and your bite and jaw. Crowns allow the mouth to feel and function normally once they are in place. Our cosmetic dentists in Cloverly & Silver Spring take great care to make sure your dental crowns look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Who Needs Dental Crowns in Cloverly & Silver Spring?
You may need a crown for:
- Restoring a tooth that may be broken or severely decayed
- Covering a dental implant
- Holding a dental bridge in place
- Insufficient tooth strength to hold a filling
- Covering misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- Protecting a weak tooth from breaking down or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
Children might need crowns on their baby teeth to:
- Protect teeth in children at high risk of tooth decay (especially if they have an increased difficulty in keeping up with routine teeth hygiene)
- Save a tooth that has been damaged by decay and cannot support a filling
- Decrease the need for sedation and general anesthesia that prevent the child from being able to complete the requirements of proper dental care
Call us at (301) 236-9000 to schedule an appointment with our Silver Spring cosmetic dentists today!
What Are Crowns in Silver Spring Made of and Which is Right for Me?
- Stainless Steel: Crowns made of stainless steel tend to be used on adult, permanent teeth for a temporary time period. Dr. Dana Keith and his associates usually leave these temporary crowns in place until a more permanent crown can be constructed out of a more suitable material. These temporary crowns may also be used on children’s baby teeth because they can fall out naturally with the baby tooth. They do not require multiple visits to put in place and tend to be more cost-effective for children.
- Metals: Crowns can be made of metals such as gold or other alloys, or a base metal alloy like chromium. Metal crowns are frequently used because they require minimal work to prepare the tooth. They also minimize the wear on opposing teeth. They are able to withstand biting and chewing forces. Metal crowns tend to last the longest in terms of wear because they rarely chip or break. Unfortunately, the metallic color turns people away from the metal option. This is why our dentists in Silver Spring place these types of crowns in the out-of-sight back molars.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal: These crowns can be used on front or back teeth. They can be color-matched to neighboring teeth (a pro in comparison to metallic crowns.) However, the metal underlying the porcelain can show through as a dark line. This tends to happen near the gum line, especially if you have receding gums. These teeth are subject to more wear and tear to the opposing teeth than metal or resin crowns. Plus, the porcelain may chip or break off. While the look is close to normal teeth, people tend to either go with all metal or all porcelain.
- All-Resin: Crowns made completely of resin are the least expensive. However, these crowns wear down quickly and are prone to fracturing. The best cosmetic dentists in Cloverly & Silver Spring suggest you use these types of crowns on front teeth that you don’t subject to as much wear.
- All-Ceramic or all-porcelain: Crowns made completely of ceramic or porcelain are very popular because of their aesthetic appearance. They match best to natural teeth due to color matching. They are also a good option for people who have metal allergies. The downside to all ceramic or porcelain crowns is that they are not as strong as the porcelain fused to metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than a metal or resin crown. All-ceramic crowns are used primarily for front teeth.
How Are Crowns Priced?
There are several factors that influence the cost of crowns. They include:
- The number of dental crowns needed
- The material used to make the crown
- The preparation needed to provide the proper fit of the crown
- Insurance coverage
If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns in Cloverly & Silver Spring or think you might be a good candidate for a crown, make an appointment with our office for a consultation.