Dental Crown

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry -  - General Dentist

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Sterling, VA

If you bite down on a hard object like a lollipop or ice cube and chip, crack, or otherwise damage your tooth, you may benefit from treatment with a dental crown. Dental crowns can also strengthen teeth that are decaying due to cavities or damaged as the result of a sports-related injury. At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sterling, Virginia, the team regularly uses dental crowns to preserve their patients’ teeth and prevent further damage. To request your appointment with Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, or Mojgan Partovi, DDS, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Dental Crown Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a custom-fitted covering designed to “cap” a damaged, decaying, or weakened tooth. Once your dentist cements a crown in place, it covers the entire portion of your tooth that rests above your gums, while improving the overall aesthetic appearance of your smile. 

At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, the team has undergone extensive training in the use of dental crowns and bridges. They also boast a combined 40 years of experience, ensuring you receive the best possible care. 

Why would I need a dental crown?

The team at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry uses dental crowns for a variety of applications. They might recommend treatment with a dental crown to: 

  • Prevent a tooth from further decay
  • Protect a weak or cracked tooth
  • Cover a large filling
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Hold a dental bridge in place

You might also benefit from a dental crown if you have a stained or discolored tooth that’s negatively affecting your self-esteem. 

Are all dental crowns metallic?

Traditionally, dental crowns were made of amalgam, a combination of metals such as zinc and copper. However, thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, you now have the option to choose a crown that’s gold, silver, or tooth-colored. Each type of crown offers specific benefits, so your dentist will work with you to determine which is best for you. 

Does receiving a dental crown take more than one appointment?

Yes. Receiving a dental crown typically takes two appointments. At your initial consultation, your dentist examines your affected tooth, asks about your goals for treatment, and takes a series of digital X-rays. If there aren’t any signs of infection, your dentist moves forward with treatment by administering a local anesthetic and preparing your tooth for the crown. Next, your dentist takes molds of your tooth and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your crown. 

About a week later, you return to PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for your second appointment. At your second appointment, your dentist lines up your dental crown with your tooth and bonds it in place using dental cement. 

How long will my dental crown last?

A dental crown typically lasts an average of between 5-15 years. However, you can extend the life of yours by practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on ice. 

To learn more about the benefits of a dental crown, make an appointment at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry; call the office or use the online booking tool today.