By Dr. Mary Gregory
July 31, 2018

Dental crowns have several important uses in dentistry, including restoring infected teeth after root canal therapy, covering implants, and dental crownssecuring dental bridges. You may find that crowns are the right choice for resolving your unique dental problem while giving you a long-term solution. You’ll know for sure after you visit Dr. Mary Gregory at her Arlington, VA, dentist office.

Dental Crown Treatment
Dentists place over 2 million crowns every year according to the American College of Prosthodontists, making it a top restorative treatment. It is one of the most beneficial treatments in dentistry, giving patients renewed confidence in the appearance and stability of their teeth. After months or years of seeing a tooth deteriorate, lose its attractive color, and weaken, a crown can make it strong and beautiful again. A crown treatment only requires you to commit to two or three dental visits in about a three-week span of time.

Is a Crown Right for Your Problem?
Your Arlington dentist must perform a dental exam and take X-rays to know for sure that you are a good candidate for a crown. There are a few circumstances when it’s likely that a crown will be the right solution for your dental problem:

- The tooth enamel is soft or weak.
- There are cracks in the surface of a tooth or broken edges.
- A single tooth shows dark discoloration that won’t respond to whitening gels.
- The enamel needs to be restored after root canal therapy.
- You have a missing tooth between two strong, healthy teeth (dental bridges use dental crowns).

Crown Care
If you do get a crown, it’s your responsibility to ensure its long-term stability. Ensure that it will stay in place for a very long time by observing the following important care tips:

- Brush and floss thoroughly around each tooth, paying close attention to the base of the crown. It’s important that you brush at least twice daily—once upon waking, and once after the last meal of the day. Floss before you go to sleep and between meals. 
- Ask your dentist to create a nightguard if you’re grinding and clenching, which could damage a crown’s exterior.
- Avoid eating sticky or hard candies.

Get More from Your Smile
If your teeth have lost their strength and beauty because of dental damage, crowns might help. Contact Dr. Gregory’s family dental office in Arlington, VA, at 703-527-6495 today to schedule a dentist appointment.

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Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. - Family & Children's Dentistry

703-527-6495
4500 Old Dominion Dr Arlington, VA 22207-3312