Learn more about crowns and why they are often necessary for the health of your smile.
A damaged tooth is certainly something you don't want to deal with and yet many people will at some point, whether you injured your tooth while playing sports or you have a dental infection. If you require a dental crown, don’t worry; our Old Town Alexandria, VA, dentists Dr. Frinet Kasper and Dr. Joseph Nassif are here to help. Find out more about this restoration and why it’s actually a serious benefit for your oral health.
What is a crown?
Dental crowns have been around for a really long time, so chances are good that you already know about this restoration or even know someone who has one. Crowns, or tooth-shaped caps, are one of the most commonly placed dental restorations after dental filling and they provide both restorative and cosmetic benefits for the wearer.
Why do I need a crown?
More often than not, the main reason our Old Town Alexandria, VA, family dentist recommends that you get a dental crown is to cover over a tooth that is weak or damaged by infection, trauma or severe decay. Once the tooth is treated, whether through root canal therapy or by removing the decay, the next step is to place a restoration that will be able to protect the tooth while also improving its strength and functionality. This is where a dental crown comes in.
As you might expect, after a dental procedure our goal is to make sure that your tooth is as strong as possible despite the damage it’s incurred. Even a tooth that has been treated will be weaker than it was before these issues set in. In order to restore and rebuild the tooth, a dental crown will be cemented over the tooth to become its stronger and more durable outer layer.
Patients may also require a dental crown to improve the shape, size or color of a tooth, or to replace one or more missing teeth. For example, a crown is used to support a dental bridge and to cover a dental implant so that you can get a complete smile again after tooth loss.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns in Old Town Alexandria, VA? Do you want to find out whether this restoration could help your smile? If so, call Old Town Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with us.