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Dental Crowns – Annapolis, MD

Strengthening and Restoring Damaged Teeth

Everyone is bound to develop oral health problems and wear-and-tear that damages their teeth throughout their lifetime. Your teeth are being used every day to help you speak and chew food, but what some people don’t realize is that without the proper care and protection, they become vulnerable to oral health problems. If you have a damaged tooth that is at risk of becoming infected, has had a root canal, or is severely worn-down, Dr. Neil Vanik offers customized dental crowns in Annapolis, MD made from the highest quality materials to restore your oral health.

Why Choose Dr. Neil Vanik For Dental Crowns? 

  • Customized Restorations
  • Natural-Looking and High-Quality Materials
  • Comprehensive Dental Care

What is a Dental Crown?

person smiling outside after dental crown restoration

Dental crowns in Annapolis are customized restorations that are made to fit over the visible portion of your existing tooth. The procedure usually takes place over the course of two visits to our dental office, starting with any necessary treatments, such as root canal therapy. Once your affected tooth has been restored to full health, one of our dental professionals will take impressions of your mouth to send off to our dental laboratory to craft your restoration from. After a couple of weeks, we will receive your permanent crown and call you in for your final visit to place it.

Do You Need a Dental Crown?

model of a dental crown being placed over a tooth

Many patients aren’t aware of how versatile dental crowns are. We typically recommend them for patients who need to:

  • Protect a weakened or severely decayed tooth from becoming infected.
  • Keep a fractured or broken tooth from becoming further damaged.
  • Cover and support a large dental filling.
  • Improve the appearance of misshapen or severely discolored teeth.

What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

dentist speaking to a patient about dental crowns

When you restore damaged teeth, you’re giving yourself the gift of enjoying your natural smile for longer. Dental crowns are strong and long-lasting, which means that you’ll be able to continue doing basic daily tasks with ease, such as chewing your food. Because they’re made of natural-looking materials like ceramic, they blend in with your existing smile so nobody will be able to notice, unlike outdated amalgam restorations that stick out like a sore thumb. Dental crowns restore the function and aesthetically pleasing qualities of your mouth, which means that you’ll be able to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence again. 

How Should You Care For Dental Crowns?

person smiling and looking at their phone after dental crown restoration

Once you get your new dental crown, we’ll provide you with some aftercare instructions to help you get the most out of your investment. Taking care of it will be just as easy as keeping your natural tooth healthy. That being said, be sure to:

  • Brush twice each day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss every day.
  • Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash regularly.
  • Maintain a nutritious diet.
  • Visit our dental office every six months for checkups and cleanings.

As long as you follow these care tips and are diligent about maintaining your at-home hygiene routine, your dental crown can last up to 15 years. Plus, when you visit our dental office regularly, we’ll be able to inspect it and make any repairs or replacements if necessary. This will help you avoid any dental emergencies or unexpected visits to our dental office down the road.

Dental Crown FAQs

Patient looking in mirror at dental crown

Are you interested in restoring a decayed, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth with a dental crown? Dr. Neil Vanik has been helping patients in Annapolis restore their smile for over three decades now! If you have specific questions you would like answered before moving forward, we would love to help you during a one-on-one appointment with our experienced staff. Until then, we have listed a few frequently asked questions below!

What Can I Expect From the Process of Getting Dental Crowns?

Whether this is your first dental crown or it has been a few years since you’ve needed one, it’s natural to wonder what exactly the process entails. While each patient’s needs are unique, the process is typically broken down into a few steps. First, our team will prepare your tooth so it fits seamlessly underneath your new restoration. From there, we will take an impression of your mouth and place a temporary crown over your tooth while your permanent one is crafted in the lab. Once it is complete, you will come back to our office for the placement of your permanent crown!

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Thanks to the latest technology and high-quality materials, dental crowns today are effective, life-like, and durable. With proper care, they can last 10 to 15 years! Plus, many patients find that their crowns last even longer. To prolong their lifespan and enjoy the benefits of your dental crown long-term, make sure you visit your dentist biannually in addition to practicing a solid oral hygiene routine. That way, they can remain in tip-top shape for years to come!

What Is the Difference Between a Temporary and Permanent Dental Crown?

In short, a temporary crown is used until the permanent one is finished in the lab, which can take up to a few weeks. While the temporary one is not as durable, it can effectively protect your tooth in the meantime. However, that does mean that you will need to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth, as well as sticky or chewy foods.

Can I Still Get Cavities If I Have a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns can effectively restore decayed or damaged teeth, but they cannot prevent cavities. If your oral hygiene routine is neglected, bacteria, food particles, and plaque can make their way under the restoration and negatively impact what is left of your tooth underneath. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you care for your crown as if it were a natural tooth.

Why Are Metal-Free Dental Crowns Important?

Decades prior, metal restorations were the leading option for fixing injured teeth. While they continue to be an effective restorative solution, metal-free alternatives offer patients the same powerful treatment without the unsightly dark spots. Since the porcelain is matched to your enamel, you can get the dental care you need without calling attention to your treatment!