Dental Crowns (Caps)

Dental crowns/caps are coverings that protect the surface of a tooth. They are placed directly over your original tooth. Crowns are used to protect teeth that are too damaged to be restored by composite fillings or other procedures.

There are different types of crowns, but the most popular are porcelain crowns that match the color of your teeth. Porcelain crowns are built to last for years, but they might need to be replaced at some point. One of the key benefits of porcelain crowns is their ability to restore your tooth’s natural appearance.

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When Are Dental Crowns Needed?

Dental crowns are ideal for people who have severe tooth decay that has affected a large portion of the tooth. They are also useful for people who have had some type of trauma that damaged the tooth such as being hit in the mouth. Some other reasons we might recommend dental crowns are:

  • To improve appearance (cosmetics)
  • A fractured filling
  • Large fillings
  • A tooth has a root canal
  • A tooth has been fractured or broken
  • Severe tooth decay or cavities

Dental Crowns In Springfield VA

It typically takes two appointments for a crown procedure. During the first appointment, we take molds of your tooth in order to make a crown that fits perfectly. We use the mold to make a temporary crown, and then send the mold to a laboratory to make a permanent one. The temporary crown is placed until the permanent one is ready, which generally takes around two weeks. Sonrisas and Smiles wants to support the local economy, and uses a great local laboratory to create permanent crowns.

When it’s time to place the temporary crown, we start by cleaning and prepping the tooth. Then we set your temporary crown using a cement mixture. During your second appointment, we will remove your temporary crown, clean up the tooth, and place the permanent crown on, and cement it with permanent cement.

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