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 care professionals step in. First, we will conduct a thorough dental exam of your teeth, gum tissue, and jaw joints. If we find severe damage, our specialists may recommend dental crowns, inlays, or onlays as an effective treatment plan. Our goal is to provide you with superior dental services that we tailor to your individual needs and your unique smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown or cap 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 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 until smooth. Dental crowns in Reston, Virginia yield the best looks. Also, they greatly benefit your oral health by preserving as much of the original tooth as possible.
On average it takes a dental crown about two to three days to settle in. It is perfectly normal for you to take time to adjust to your new crown. As time progresses, you will begin to feel comfortable chewing and speaking with your crown.
If you have an infected tooth or inflamed gums, we may recommend a root canal before placing a dental crown. Dental crowns do not always require root canals.
Dental crowns are not painful either. Your dentist will use anesthetic during the procedure to ensure that you don’t feel. 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 conserve natural tooth structure and usually require minimal removal of a tooth’s surface. This helps you avoid the future need for more extensive dental treatments, such as bridges and dental implants. Because onlays are an indirect dental repair, the dentist installs them over the course of a few 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 strong, 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. 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 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 defenseless after root canal therapy. To protect it, we always recommend 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 is brushing your teeth many times a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist for a routine checkup every six months.
Can dentists use dental crowns 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 stained tooth. Sometimes a damaged tooth is beyond repair that a dental bonding treatment may not be successful. Sometimes, a tooth does not respond to a whitening treatment so the only way to whiten it is with a dental crown.
If you want to restore your mouth with a dental crown in Reston, Oakton, Vienna, or anywhere in Northern Virginia, contact our dental office today. Schedule an appointment online. Our team of oral health specialists looks forward to treating your beautiful smile for years to come!