Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat are Hunt Valley, MD dentists. They offer a wide range of restorative treatments to treat missing and damaged teeth.
Our dentists utilize dental crowns to restore structurally unsound teeth. They can create custom crowns that look and feel like natural teeth. Our state-of-the-art dentist office uses a variety of materials to create them. However, porcelain is the most popular because it adds long-term strength and creates natural-looking restorations.
People often refer to a dental crown as a tooth cap or tooth crown. This is because it will encase the entire tooth like a cap. Dentist use crowns to restore cracked teeth, crooked teeth, and teeth with cavities or tooth decay.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
- Metal-free – No discoloration along the gum like conventional metal dental caps.
- Natural looking – Porcelain dental crowns are fine layers of ceramic material that mimic tooth enamel.
- Long lasting – Porcelain dental crowns are highly durable and stain resistant.
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat use dental crowns along with dental implants to restore missing teeth. A dental bridge is a traditional method to replace a tooth. But, this method requires a dentist to file down the teeth adjacent to the gap.
After filing them down, they will cap it with two crowns that are part of a bridge. They are also responsible for supporting the replacement tooth. Essentially, you are damaging two healthy teeth to replace one tooth.
With an implant-anchored dental crown, you are only replacing the missing tooth. You will not need to use other teeth to support this type of restoration. In addition, the implant will act as the new tooth root to stimulate the bone. This will prevent bone loss, a benefit that a bridge does not offer.
Dr. Rafat is a periodontist that is capable of performing every stage of the implant process at his Hunt Valley, MD dental office. Our dentistry uses modern software, tools, and materials. From the implant’s surgical placement to the dental crown’s attachment, we are with you every step of the way.
This solution is more expensive. However, it offers a more natural smile and will last a lifetime if cared for properly. Additionally, since it prevents bone loss, it is also better for your oral health.
The Dental Crown Process
Our dentists can place a dental crown in one to three visits, depending on your specific situation. The first step is to remove any existing tooth caps or fillings and prepare the tooth for the new crown.
Then, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a dental laboratory. There, they will create the permanent dental crown. During the interim, Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may place a temporary crown.
Once the permanent dental crown has arrived from the laboratory, the dentist will try it on for fit and color. We will make any minor adjustments and then secure the crown with a special adhesive. Caring for dental crowns is very similar to caring for natural teeth. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure that your dental crown is stable and long-lasting.
Dental Crown FAQs
How much does a dental crown cost?
Dental crown cost varies by the material used and the patient’s specific condition. Before your treatment begins, we will complete a full review of the procedure, including the dental crown cost. Valley Dental Health accepts most dental insurance as well as offers CareCredit healthcare financing.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
We ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with dental crowns is comfortable and relaxed. You may experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.
Can I replace my gold crown with a porcelain crown?
Yes, our dentists are able to replace metal dental crowns and broken or worn dental crowns with new, porcelain dental crowns. Replacing dental crowns is a simple procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of the smile.
What if my dental crown falls out?
This is a rare occurrence. If your crown falls out, do not attempt to put it back or reattach it with glue. Keep it in a safe place and call us immediately. Refrain from using your tooth until you visit our office for a replacement.
Do porcelain crowns stain?
No. Porcelain crowns are highly stain-resistant. We can replace an old crown affecting your smile’s appearance. Today’s modern crowns look more natural than ever before.