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Porcelain Crowns in Washington, DC

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what is a porcelain crown?

Porcelain crowns can restore a single damaged tooth back to its original form and function. A dental crown is an exact porcelain replica of the natural tooth it is covering, where it preserves and protects the remaining shell of the tooth. The crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth, leaving it strong and durable. These restorations, available in our office in Washington, DC, are cemented onto the teeth, and are referred to as "fixed" dentistry rather than using a removable appliance or partial denture. The Washington Center for Dentistry has a team of highly trained and artistic cosmetic dentists, who are thrilled to give patients the smile they have always dreamed about with their cosmetic dentistry skills for porcelain crowns.

Do I need a porcelain crown?

Age, grinding teeth, a misaligned bite, large fillings and tooth decay all cause teeth to wear, crack, or break, and result in the need for a crown. In other cases, crowns replace missing teeth or portions of the tooth. We also offer crowns that are anchored to the teeth on either side, with a "bridge" section spanning the space and connecting the 2 crowns.

How does getting a porcelain crown work?

  • At the first appointment, one of our cosmetic dentists reshapes the tooth structure and repairs any defects to prepare it to receive the new crown.
  • The dentist makes an impression of the tooth that needs a crown.
  • The impression is sent to our in-house dental lab where the crown is made.
  • Patients usually leave the office with a specially fashioned crown that already looks a lot like the crown. This gives the dentist and patient a wonderful chance to talk about plans for the color and shape of the crown.
  • When the crown is ready, it is cemented to the tooth with special, long-lasting cement.

Do porcelain crowns look like natural teeth?

While tooth crowns have been around for many decades, a new generation of fine-grade porcelain gives today’s porcelain crowns the astonishing look of real teeth. Mimicking nature’s pearlescent glow and translucency, these crowns are difficult to distinguish next to their natural-born neighbors. Also, newer, stronger materials eliminate the need for metal under layers that cast an unsightly dark shadow under the gum line. The newer techniques in fashioning crowns also allow crowns to fit seamlessly into the bite. 

Porcelain Crowns FAQ

When does a tooth need a crown?

Typically, a tooth that is damaged, cracked, chipped, worn down, heavily discolored, or weak from a root canal or decay is a good candidate for a porcelain crown. A porcelain crown will help protect and strengthen the tooth while providing an aesthetically pleasing, natural look.

Does getting a porcelain crown hurt?

Any discomfort when getting a porcelain crown is usually associated with preparing the damaged tooth for the crown. Most patients say it is similar to getting a filling. At Washington Center for Dentistry, our doctors will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic before they begin to prevent any pain and minimize discomfort during your procedure.

How long does a porcelain crown last?

With proper oral hygiene, care, and regular checkups, many patients can see their porcelain crowns last 15 years or longer.

Do porcelain crowns look natural?

Yes, they do. A porcelain crown is an exact replica of the tooth it is covering, and our doctors will choose a shade that matches the natural teeth around it — so it blends seamlessly into your smile.

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Restore your teeth to their original glory with porcelain crowns. Mimicking natural teeth, they will look and feel like your very own natural teeth! A damaged tooth can be transformed to its natural function with a finely-crafted crown by our talented dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry. Priding ourselves on only providing our patients with the very best, we will give you an envy-inducing smile with our top-of-the-line crowns. Get back the smile you deserve with beautiful porcelain crowns. When you're ready to turn heads with your smile, contact us for an aesthetic dentistry appointment today.

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