What Are Dental Crowns and Why Would I Need Them?

Dental crowns are caps placed over damaged teeth to protect them and restore their shape. They’re made of different types of materials and don’t require any special maintenance. 

At West End Dental in Washington, DC, our cosmetic and general dentists Lauren Izadi, DDS, and Edward Kim, DDS, are dedicated to helping you keep your smile healthy and beautiful. They recommend dental crowns to repair a damaged or decayed tooth when a filling isn’t sufficient.

Dental crowns restore shape and function

Teeth are strong, but they aren’t indestructible. Harmful bacteria are the number one threat to your dental health. Oral bacteria hide out in the nooks and crannies of your teeth and produce acids that damage your tooth enamel. Over time, decay can cause your teeth to lose their shape or size.

If you have a cavity that’s too large to fill, or you sustain an injury to a tooth, we may recommend a dental crown to restore the shape and function of your tooth. A dental crown is a cap shaped like your natural tooth that’s cemented into place and protects the damaged portion of your tooth. Most crowns last about 10 years before they need to be replaced.

Why do I need a crown?

Dental crowns are a common form of dental restoration, and they’re often the best option to extend the life of your tooth. 

Our dentists may recommend a dental crown to:

A crown is also used to cover a tooth after a root canal procedure.

Our dental crowns

If we determine that a dental crown is the best option to restore your tooth, you’ll need two appointments, one to take molds and prepare your tooth and the other to bond your new crown.

At West End Dental, we use BruxZir® ceramic crowns that provide a natural-looking option as they blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth. The crowns are made of extremely durable material, and we take care to perfectly match your crown to your tooth color so that it isn’t noticeable.

A ceramic crown is an excellent option for those wanting the most natural-looking dental crown, and those with metal allergies. The average lifespan for a ceramic crown is 12-15 years.

You deserve the healthiest and brightest smile possible, and our dentists can help you with that. Whether you need a simple cleaning, teeth whitening, or a filling , rely on our team to help you reach your dental goals. For all of your family dental needs, you can contact our office to schedule an evaluation with one of our top-quality providers.

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