A dental crown is a restoration that acts as a cap to cover and protect a tooth. It may be used to cover chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. It may also be used to complete dental implant restorations.
At Columbia Family Dental Care, Dr. Sulekha Agrawal provides dental crowns in Columbia, MD. She helps patients choose the best restorative dental solutions that target missing or damaged teeth. Dental crowns may act as a final restoration if you undergo extensive cosmetic and restorative treatments. Tooth crowns keep teeth protected from further damage or wear.
Treatment with Dental Crowns
Before your treatment, Dr. Agrawal will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums in order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment. Then, she will form a treatment plan specific to your needs. Dr. Agrawal begins treatment by preparing the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown.
She will take dental impressions of the tooth or teeth receiving dental crowns and send specifications to a dental laboratory. In about 2 to 3 weeks, the crowns will be complete. Dr. Agrawal will secure the tooth crown and ensure that it feels comfortable in the mouth.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are partial crowns that are typically made of porcelain or composite resin. An inlay remains inside the cusps, or outer edges, on top of the tooth. Onlays extend over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are the best options for patients who do not need to treat their whole tooth but have damage on or within the tooth cusps.
Dental Crown FAQs
Many patients may have remaining questions about dental crowns, such as:
How do I know if I’m a candidate for dental crown treatment?
Even if you have missing teeth, you can receive dental crowns that cap off dental implants and implant restorations. If you have broken teeth with the root intact, you are eligible for dental crown care. If you have a dental or gum infection and want one or more dental crowns, Dr. Agrawal can remove your infection and make sure you are recovered before dental crown treatment.
Is treatment with dental crowns painful?
No, we typically use a local anesthetic for a painless treatment. We also offer dental sedation so that patients may not even remember their dental procedure. Although you may feel sore after treatment, we can prescribe pain medication for a quick and comfortable recovery.
What happens if my dental crown breaks or falls out?
Dr. Agrawal offers emergency dental care for patients with dental trauma. If you have an old dental crown that is fractured or lost, we can help provide a replacement. We will examine your teeth and gums to determine the best type of crown.
Call Dr. Sulekha Agrawal Today
Do you want a natural-looking dental restoration? Protect weak or damaged teeth with tooth crowns, inlays, or onlays. Schedule an appointment with Columbia, MD dentist Dr. Agrawal today. Contact Columbia Family Dental Care today by calling 410.221.3097.