At Smiles by Myles, Dr. Wayne Myles sees many patients who have heavily damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Patients usually don’t know which type of restoration they need to treat their problem. That is where our team of well-educated and experienced dental professionals steps in.
After conducting a comprehensive dental examination of a patient’s teeth, gum tissue, and jaw, our specialists may recommend customized dental crowns, inlays, or onlays as an effective treatment plan. Our goal is to provide you with superior dental services that can be tailored to your individual needs and your unique smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a porcelain “cap” that completely covers the surface of a tooth. Generally, patients who would most benefit from dental crowns are those who have worn down, structurally weak, or fully decayed teeth. The process is simple. First, our Reston cosmetic dentist will remove the decay and damage to prepare the tooth. Then he will craft a custom and permanent crown. Next, he will bond it in place, and polish it to perfection. Dental crowns yield stupendous aesthetic improvements and greatly benefit your oral health by preserving as much of the original tooth structure as possible.
On average it takes a dental crown about two to three days to settle in. It is perfectly normal for it to take time to adjust to your new crown. As time progresses, you will begin to feel comfortable chewing and speaking with your crown.
Dental crowns do not always require root canals. If you have an infected tooth or inflamed gums, we may recommend a root canal before placing a dental crown.
Dental crowns are not painful. Your dentist will use anesthetic during the procedure to ensure that you will feel no pain. After the dentist places the crown, the area may feel slightly uncomfortable for a few days. This is entirely normal and is part of the process of adjusting to the dental crown.
On average dental crowns last about 15 years. With good oral care and a healthy diet, you may see your crown last up to 25-30 years.
Dental Onlays & Inlays
Onlays conserves natural tooth structure and usually requires minimal removal of a tooth’s surface. This helps patients avoid the future need for more extensive dental treatments, such as bridges and dental implants. Because onlays are an indirect dental restoration, the dentist installs them over the course of a few dental visits.
Dr. Myles fits his patients for customized onlays by first taking an impression of the treatment area. He will place a temporary onlay on the surface of your tooth to prevent any further damage. Then, he will send the impression to an American-based dental laboratory. There, they will use durable, safe, and mercury-free materials to construct your crown to exact specifications.
Within just a few days, the lab will deliver the tooth-colored porcelain crown to our office. Once you return to us, Dr. Myles will remove the temporary onlay. Then he will bond the natural-looking restoration to your tooth using high-strength dental resins.
A dental inlay conceals minor structural damage that exists within the cusps of a tooth. Because Dr. Myles only uses tooth-colored compounds to fabricate all of his dental restorations, many patients who come to see us are looking to replace their old or damaged metal fillings. Dr. Myles can carefully remove the old fillings and replace them with beautiful, natural-looking metal-free inlays. Inlays are similar to onlays and crowns. We can create and install them painlessly over the course of two visits.
Dental Crown FAQs
Are dental crowns painful?
The process of getting a dental crown is no more painful than getting a tooth filling. It will involve some preparation where Dr. Myles will need to remove a portion of the tooth. However, we will administer a local anesthetic by the tooth so you will not feel pain. You may still experience some pressure and minor discomfort although most people tolerate it well.
Why do I need a dental crown after a root canal treatment?
The tooth is weak and vulnerable after root canal therapy. To protect it, we always recommend a placing a dental crown over the tooth. This will protect the tooth from further damage and strengthen it.
How long will my dental crown last?
If you are careful about taking good care of your teeth, a dental crown can last about 15 to 20 years. Proper oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth multiple times a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist for a routine checkup every six months.
Can dental crowns be used for cosmetic reasons?
Yes, your dentist can provide a dental crown as a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Dr. Myles may recommend a dental crown to disguise a misshapen tooth or a discolored tooth. Sometimes a tooth is so deformed that a dental bonding treatment may not be successful. Additionally, sometimes a tooth does not respond to a whitening treatment so the only way to whiten it is with a cap.
If you live in Reston, Oakton, Vienna, or anywhere in Northern Virginia and want to restore your smile, contact our dental office today or schedule an appointment online. Our team of oral health specialists looks forward to treating your smile for years to come!