At the Frederick Center for Dentistry, Dr. Sahil Goyal and his colleagues Dr. Anshu Goyal and Dr. Politimi Mantzouranis restore teeth by utilizing dental crowns in Frederick, MD. Our team has many years of experience placing crowns to improve the health and appearance of their patient’s smiles. Our custom crowns will look, feel and function just like a natural tooth. Our office is equipped with a unique technology called CEREC which allows us to offer same day dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also called a dental cap, is a protective covering that your dentist will place over a tooth. It will completely encase that tooth down to the gum line. Dentist use crowns to restore damaged, decayed, or weakened teeth. If you need a dental crown, we will custom make it so that is matches the shape, size, strength, and appearance of the tooth. This will help allow your tooth to function and also offers aesthetic benefits.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Dentists use dental crowns for many reasons that include both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Once in place, the dental crown will restore and protect tooth and it will look completely natural. They act as a cap to cover a single tooth, restoring beauty, function, and comfort to your smile. We will make your tooth crown that the shape, size, and color matches the adjacent teeth perfectly.
Dr. Goyal or one of our dentists may suggest a dental crown for the following reasons:
- Tooth damage: Chipped, cracked, and broken teeth are often restored with a dental crown.
- Severe tooth decay: Teeth that cannot be restored with a dental filling will benefit from a dental crown.
- Discolored tooth: If patients have a single stained or discolored tooth, a dental crown matched to your natural smile offers a more balanced restoration.
- Misshapen tooth: A tooth that has a weird shape can be capped so that it looks like a normal tooth and your smile will look natural.
- Root canal: Following root canal treatment, a dental crown is often used to support and strengthen the impacted tooth. Crowns also minimize the risk of future tooth loss.
- Dental implant restoration: A dental crown is used to top dental implants and serve as the prosthetic tooth.
Same-Day Dental Crowns in Frederick, MD
Before treatment, Dr. Goyal will thoroughly examine the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other support structures. From this examination, he will design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. Dr. Goyal will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown.
At the Frederick Center for Dentistry, we use CEREC or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, to make same-day dental crowns. This modern dental technology uses CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology, which consists of a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument. Patients can receive a custom ceramic dental crown in one visit with CEREC.
Dr. Goyal uses the camera to capture an impression of the damaged tooth or teeth receiving treatment. This image is digitally transferred and displayed on a computer screen, where he uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while you wait in our office.
Dental Crown FAQs
Dental crowns are an effective restorative option to strengthen and enhance the appearance of damaged or weakened teeth. Your dentist will evaluate your specific needs and recommend the most suitable type of crown material for your situation, considering both functional and aesthetic factors. To learn more about crowns, read through our frequently asked questions section.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are dental fillings that are similar to dental crowns. Inlays encompass the chewing surface of the tooth between the cusps. Onlays may involve one or more covered cusps. Both of these options are indirect porcelain restorations used to treat tooth damage and prevent cavities.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. Dr. Goyal will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, offering sedation dentistry options when needed. It is normal to experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our Frederick, MD dentist office for an appointment with Dr. Goyal. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.
How long do dental crowns stay on?
If cared for properly, a dental crown can last for about 15 years. However, if cared for properly, their lifespan can extend to more than 25-30 years.
Can you get a cavity under a crown?
The area beneath the crown is also vulnerable to cavities. Crowns made of ceramic are highly effective at preventing further decay or damage to the tooth they cover. However, if not cleaned thoroughly, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. If decay develops under the crown, we will remove it before reapplying a new cap.
How do you prevent decay under a crown?
If you practice rigorous oral hygiene, you can remove plaque before it causes any problems. If you are prone to cavities, watching your diet and limiting the amount of sugar you consume each day is also helpful.
Can a crown be removed and put back on?
In most cases crowns need to be cut into pieces before we can remove them, so saving or reusing them is extremely unlikely. It is possible that you can reuse your crown but it is very rare for this to occur.
How long before a crown feels normal?
Although the new crown may feel bulkier to the patient immediately after placement, in about 2 weeks you will have adjusted to the new crown and no longer notice any difference. If the discomfort persists, call our office to schedule a checkup appointment.
Call the Frederick Center for Dentistry today at 301-264-5680 if you would like to book an appointment for a dental crown in Frederick, MD. You can also request an appointment online with one of our dentists. Patient comfort is our priority, which is why we utilize non-invasive technologies and modern methods for quick yet effective treatment. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our restorative services.