Porcelain Crowns in Ellicott City MD
At the office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, we have plenty of ways to enhance and restore your smile, no matter what dental problem you’re facing. If a tooth is too severely damaged or decayed to treat with a dental filling, we may recommend that a porcelain crown be placed to protect and preserve the tooth.
A dental crown is a ceramic or porcelain cap that fits right over the tooth to replace lost structure and restore functionality. Anyone who has severe tooth damage or decay is a good candidate for a dental crown.
Functional and Esthetic Porcelain Crowns
There are several materials to choose from, but all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are the most natural in appearance. Because we don’t use metal in our crowns, you don't have to worry about an obvious dark line showing through at the gum line. And since porcelain crowns can be made to match the color of your natural teeth, they’ll blend so perfectly with your smile that no one will suspect you’ve had any work done.
Dental crowns are commonly thought of as a solution for damaged teeth, but since our crowns are so beautifully realistic, they can be used to reshape, realign, or whiten a tooth to enhance the beauty of your smile. Dr. Sokolosky uses dental crowns to correct a number of esthetic problems including:
- Restoring structure and support for a tooth with extensive decay
- Altering the appearance of an unusually shaped tooth
- Restoring a dental implant
- Stabilizing a dental bridge
- Protecting a tooth after root canal treatment
Placing a Dental Crown
Having a crown placed usually takes two visits. During the first visit, we’ll take digital x-rays of your teeth so we can determine if there are any underlying problems we need to address before the crown is applied.
Depending on the condition of the damaged tooth, Dr. Sokolosky will either build up or file down the tooth so that the crown can be put into place. We’ll numb the tooth before we begin so that the entire process is painless and comfortable. Next, we’ll take impressions that we’ll use to create a mold of the tooth. This mold is sent to a local dental lab where the crown will be designed to your exact specifications. Before you leave our office, we’ll fit you with a temporary crown to wear until your final crown is finished, which usually takes about two weeks.
When your new crown is ready, we’ll remove the temporary crown and adjust the new crown so it fits perfectly. Once we’re happy with the fit, shade, and contour of the crown, we’ll cement it securely in place.
We Treat You Like Family
Our professional team loves to make patients feel like family because we know it makes everything easier and more enjoyable for you. There's nothing that makes us happier than seeing a patient leave our office with a big smile!
Convenient options like financing through The Lending Club allow you to get the care you need without worry, and we accept most insurance plans. If you’re concerned about a damaged tooth, please call our Ellicott City dental office. We’ll be happy to arrange a complimentary consultation at your convenience.