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What are Dental Crowns?

May 16, 2019

Dental crowns cover the entire tooth, offering stability and strength to restore the shape and size of the tooth. The crown is attached with special cement, covering the entire portion of the tooth that is visible.  Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures to restore normal teeth function, appearance, and aid in improving oral health. Typically, teeth that are weak or damaged benefit from dental crowns. Learn more below and contact us today.

Types of Dental Crowns

The material that the dental crown is made up of determines the classification of the crown. Typically, crowns are classified either as temporary or permanent. Permanent crowns are made up of material that are stronger and can last longer, which includes; metals and metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal, resin, ceramic, and porcelain. Some of the materials used in making crowns are combined to improve strength and appearance.

Stainless steel is the standard material that makes up temporary crowns. The temporary crowns are used to cover primary teeth or temporarily cover a tooth before the attachment of permanent crowns. The dentist uses a temporary dental crown as a covering for dental fillings. The temporary crowns are cheaper compared to the permanent crowns, albeit the short period of use.

Dental Crowns Placement

Before the doctor recommends dental crowns, the dentist will examine and assess your teeth and gums to determine the best management. Once the dentist is satisfied that you require crowns, the doctor may recommend dental x-rays to evaluate the dental roots. The dentist examines, assesses and prepares the final location of the dental crown placement. The doctor will use local anesthesia to numb pain during the preparation stage. The dentist may reshape your teeth and make some adjustments in preparation of the crown placement. The dentist then makes an impression of the teeth that will eventually receive the teeth. The crown model will take about two-three weeks before it is ready, after which the crown fits in its intended place. The doctor will cement the crown in place to finish up the process.


Crowns play a vital role in restoring the teeth stability, strength and retaining the normal function and appearance of the tooth. The main aim of dental crowns is to help in maintaining oral health and by improving oral hygiene and alleviate pain and discomfort of abnormally appearing teeth. The dentist will recommend crowns in the following cases;

  • A covering on top of the weak, broken tooth to offer structural strength and stability,
  • Holding together cracked and broken teeth
  • Restoration of broken, cracked or worn-down teeth
  • Support or cover tooth after dental filling, to prevent wearing down or destruction before the filling is entirely in place
  • Used in holding dental bridges in place
  • As a covering for poorly colored, misaligned or abnormally shaped teeth or act as a cosmetic modification to the teeth
  • Used as a covering for dental implants, offering protection against imminent destruction
  • Protect the primary teeth of children at risk of or already suffering from teeth decay

Dental crowns placement offers solutions to many dental-related conditions and abnormalities, helping restore the healthy tooth appearance, shape, size and function. Visit Arlington Dental Excellence today. Call (703) 962-4218 or book an appointment online. Moreover, our office is located at  3801 Fairfax Dr #54 Arlington, VA 22203.

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