Dental crowns offer the ability to restore a decayed or damaged tooth, and at Your Community Smile, same-day crowns allow you to walk out of the office with your new crown in just one appointment. Narjes Abtahi, DDS, and her team are excited to bring this technology to men and women in and around Lansdowne, Virginia. If you have a dental issue that requires a crown, schedule a consultation to learn more about same day crowns. The practice offers simple online scheduling for convenience, or you can call the office to book your appointment.

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What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because they fit over the surface of your natural tooth. They’re a tooth restoration option that protects, strengthens, and enhances the aesthetics of a damaged tooth.

Dental crowns can address numerous dental problems, including teeth that are:

  • Fractured
  • Weakened
  • Worn
  • Significantly decayed
  • Misshapen
  • Discolored

Crowns are also the visible portion of dental implants and bridgework, although these versions aren’t bonded to your natural tooth tissue.

How are same day crowns created?

The process begins with your dentist performing a diagnostic exam to determine your exact dental needs and whether a same day crown is right for you. If so, you receive a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable from start to finish.

Next, Dr. Abtahi removes any decayed tooth tissue as well as enough tissue to make room for your custom crown. Then, she uses state-of-the-art 3D imaging to create a digital file of the exact contours of your teeth. You can watch her design your crown right next to the treatment chair and play an active role in creating your own restoration.

This information enables the CEREC system to design a crown that offers a perfect fit and a natural appearance. Your Community Smile can mill your porcelain crown on-site while you wait, eliminating the need for a temporary crown or a second appointment.

Once your crown is ready, Dr. Abtahi checks the fit before cementing it into place. This completes your restoration, and you walk out with a fully functional dental crown, which looks and functions like your natural teeth.

Does my new crown need special care?

Once your crown is in place, it doesn’t require any different care than the rest of your teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene habits to prevent decay and gum disease, and avoid bad habits like chewing ice or using your teeth to pry or hold objects.

If you grind your teeth at night, you might want to consider getting a night guard. These devices protect your teeth from excessive wear due to grinding and can help preserve your crown and your natural teeth.

To learn more about same day crowns, schedule a consultation with Your Community Smile by phone or request an appointment online today.