Dental Crown Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is a dental crown?
Answer: A crown is a cap that fits over the visible portion of a tooth, preserving the remaining tooth structure and preventing further damage or decay. Each crown will be custom-made based on an impression of your teeth. The placement of the crown usually takes two visits.
Question: What are crowns made from?
Answer: That depends on the patient’s need. For the back teeth, which must endure more powerful bite forces, your Bethesda MD dentist may use gold. For teeth near the front of the mouth, Dr. Hornstein may opt for a more esthetically pleasing look, using tooth-colored ceramic crowns.
Question: What procedures are crowns typically used in?
Answer: Your Bethesda MD dentist may use crowns to restore teeth that have been damaged or afflicted with dental caries. Crowns also restore teeth following a root canal procedure. For cosmetic issues, crowns can be used to correct misshapen or permanently stained teeth. Finally, crowns are often used in tooth replacement procedures, anchoring dental bridges into place and topping dental implants.
Question: How do I maintain my new restoration?
Answer: Simply maintain good oral hygiene. Each day, brush your teeth twice and floss at least once. This reduces the risk of plaque buildup, helping you avoid tooth decay and gum disease, which can threaten both your natural teeth and your new crown. Finally, always undergo routine checkups and cleanings, as these visits allow Dr. Hornstein to assess the state of your restorations and watch for the earliest signs of developing dental issues.
About Dr. Hornstein:
At Dentistry of Bethesda, we treat our patients like family, and care for their smiles as we care for our own. As the son of a dentist, Dr. Spencer Hornstein has had a lifelong appreciation for the art and science of dental health, and can help you improve and maintain yours with amazing results. To schedule a consultation, call the Dentistry of Bethesda (https://www.facebook.com/