A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is created to cover an injured tooth. It is used to restore a tooth to its natural shape, size, and strength – as well as to improve its appearance and function.
Crowns provide a safe and effective means to preserve and restore broken, decayed teeth. When a tooth is broken down or injured, sometimes root canal therapy is needed, in which case the structure of the tooth is weakened and needs to be strengthened and preserved. A crown can restore such a tooth so it is even stronger than it was before. Thus, a crown will strengthen a tooth, prevent fracture, improve appearance, and prevent pain, all while allowing for ideal function.
A crown is made by taking an impression of a treated, prepared or reshaped tooth and its surrounding structures (teeth and gums). This impression is then sent to our lab, where a crown will be made out of metal (gold alloy), Zirconia, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dr. Leung or Dr. Ziomek will discuss which type of crown will best fit your unique conditions and needs.
After the crown is made, you’ll return to our Rockville, MD office, where Dr. Leung or Dr. Ziomek will permanently place the crown and ensure its proper fit, form, and function in relation to the rest of your teeth.
When Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed for any one or more of the following reasons.
- To protect a weakened tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking, or to reinforce a cracked tooth to prevent it from fracturing completely, thus preventing tooth loss.
- To restore a previously fractured tooth that has been severely worn down.
- To protect and strengthen a tooth with a large, unsupported filling – especially when there isn't a lot of healthy tooth structure left.
- To hold a dental bridge in place when a missing tooth needs to be replaced.
- To correct cosmetic defects or unsightly or severely discolored teeth.
- To restore a dental implant.
- For children, a provisional crown may be used on a primary (baby) tooth in order to save a tooth in a young child that has severe decay, but where extracting the tooth would not be advisable.
Permanent crowns can be made from all metal such as gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, all ceramic, or Zirconia.
Dr. Leung and Dr. Ziomek has been creating beautiful, natural-looking crowns in her practice for more than 30 years, with thousands of happy patients to show for it. Her extensive experience and training in all aspects of dentistry, including crown and bridge work, has earned her the prestigious Mastership status at the Academy of General Dentistry as well as recognition in Bethesda Magazine, Washingtonian magazine, and Washington Checkbook Magazine. Dr. Leung, Dr. Ziomek and our team are focused on providing exceptional patient service beyond compare. Schedule an appointment now.