Crowns provide a natural-looking, lasting cap for damaged or irregular teeth. At Lansdowne Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist Dr. Jun H. Chung can fit and cement same-day crowns. If you live in Leesburg, Virginia, or the surrounding area, call the office or book online to learn more about how crowns can improve the health and appearance of your teeth.
Crowns serve various dental purposes. You might need one for the following reasons:
At Lansdowne Dental Arts, same-day crowns are made from durable ceramic that can be matched to the natural color of your teeth. Crowns may also be made from gold or other metals, as well as acrylic. If you or Dr. Chung decides that one of these other materials is better for you, you may have to commit to several visits to have the crowns fitted, made, and implanted.
The most prominent advantage of same-day crowns is the obvious one: They can be fitted and cemented into your mouth in one dental visit. But it doesn't stop there. These crowns offer the same durability, customization, and comfort of crowns made by an outside laboratory.
If you visit an office without same-day crown technology, you must make at least two dental appointments. At the first appointment, an imprint of your tooth is made and sent to a laboratory for manufacture. Meanwhile, you have a temporary crown put in. At the next visit, usually several days or weeks later, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is sealed and fit.
At Lansdowne Dental Arts, you skip a lot of these steps and the need for a temporary crown. You are fitted for the crown, and it’s placed all in one visit for your comfort and convenience. A tiny camera makes a detailed image of your missing tooth, and the image is transferred to a machine that carves the tooth — ridges and all — from porcelain. It takes about 15 minutes to create the crown.
When taken care of with proper brushing, flossing, and dental visits, crowns can last the rest of your life. They can loosen or fall out, however, if you chew ice or other hard objects. If your crown does get loose or it comes out, call the office immediately to have it fixed.
If you need a crown to cover an implant, root canal, or damaged tooth, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Chung of Lansdowne Dental Arts.