At Harrison Dental Associates, we are happy to provide a wide variety of restorative dentistry options to our patients. If your tooth is severely cracked or chipped, you may need a dental crown to fully restore its functionality. A dental crown is a porcelain cap that is created to fully replace the exterior of your tooth.
Unlike a porcelain veneer, which only attaches to the front-facing portion of your tooth, a dental crown sits on top of the foundational core of your tooth. Many of our patients enjoy the benefits of dental crowns because they completely restore the look, feel, and function of a damaged tooth.
Dental Crowns in Charlottesville, VA
As your trusted restorative dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Matthew Harrison is proud to offer high-quality dental crowns to patients in need of restorative care. Dental crowns are a great way of saving your tooth’s foundational core while also restoring its cosmetic appearance and functionality within your smile. Our entire team is happy to answer any questions you might have about the dental crown procedure at your next appointment. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding dental crowns:
What should I expect during my dental crown appointments?
The dental crown procedure usually takes two appointments. The first appointment involves preparing the affected tooth for the crown. We will shape down your tooth to its foundational core. Then, we will take dental impressions of the tooth to send off to our labs for the creation of your custom dental crown. In the meantime, you will be provided a temporary crown to wear. Once your crown is complete, we will call you back in to place your dental crown using dental cement.
How should I care for my dental crown?
You should care for your dental crown by continuing to practice your best oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss your dental crown just as you would your natural teeth. Continue to schedule regular oral health and wellness visits so that we may monitor your dental crown and ensure that it and your remaining natural tooth structure is healthy.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Patients are typically numbed during the dental crown procedure to avoid pain or discomfort. You may feel some slight soreness after the procedure, but nothing that shouldn’t go away within a few days. If you are especially nervous about your dental crown procedure, please let us know. We are happy to provide sedation dentistry options.