Dental Crowns in Chevy Chase, MD

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Welcome to Chevy Chase Dental Care, where your oral health is our top priority. Our dedicated team is committed to providing personalized and comprehensive dental care, and one of our key services is the expert application of dental crowns.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also referred to as dental caps, are prosthetic devices that are placed on a weak, damaged tooth to restore its size, strength, and appearance. Chevy Chase Dental Care utilizes advanced materials and techniques to ensure a durable, aesthetically pleasing result.

The Dental Crown Procedure

There are several steps involved in the dental crown procedure at Chevy Chase Dental Care:

The purpose of the dental crown procedure is to restore the strength, function, and appearance of the tooth.

Reasons for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are recommended for various reasons, and they serve as versatile solutions for addressing a range of dental issues. Dental crowns are typically recommended to: 

  • Protect a weak tooth from further damage
  • Restore a broken/severely decayed tooth
  • Improve the appearance of a discolored/misshapen tooth
  • Support a tooth following root canal treatment or a large dental filling

Advantages of Dental Crowns

Why Choose Us for Dental Crowns?

The team at Chevy Chase Dental Care is highly trained in dental crowns and other cosmetic and restorative procedures. We engage in continuing education and strive to stay on top of the latest in dental advancements.

Choosing the Right Dental Crown

There are several different options when it comes to dental crowns. Choosing the right one depends on a few different factors, including:

Material

Dental crowns may be made of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination.

Location of the tooth

The location of the tooth plays a major role in your decision.

Cost

The cost of dental crowns varies based on several factors, including the materials they are made of. It’s important to note that dental insurance often covers a portion of restorative procedures such as dental crowns. Dental financing can be used to help spread out the cost of the procedure over multiple payments.

Prep Methods

Traditional crowns require a portion of the tooth structure to be removed to create space for the crown to sit. However, newer technologies such as CEREC have more conservative preparation requirements.

Grinding/Clenching Habits

If you suffer from bruxism, that is grinding/clenching your teeth, a more durable material may be necessary to withstand the additional stress.

Longevity

The different materials have varying lifespans. During your consultation, discuss the longevity of the chosen material and consider it in relation to your lifestyle and age.

When making your decision, discuss these and other factors with the dental team to make an informed decision based on your needs and expectations.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper aftercare and maintenance are crucial to ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of dental crowns, including:

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
  • Floss Regularly
  • Use Antimicrobial Mouthwash
  • Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods
  • Protect Against Teeth Grinding
  • Regular Dental Check-ups
  • Avoid Chewing on Non-Food Items
  • Maintain a Balanced Diet
  • Quit Smoking
  • Limit Staining Substances  

If you experience any issues with your dental crown, such as discomfort, sensitivity, or damage, contact the office promptly. Early intervention can prevent more significant problems and ensure the continued effectiveness of the crown. Following these aftercare tips and maintaining regular dental visits will contribute to the long-term success of your dental crowns.

Dental Crowns Cost and Insurance

The cost of dental crowns can vary widely based on several factors, including the type of material used, the location of the dental practice, and any additional procedures required.

On average, the cost of a dental crown can range from $800 to $1,500 or more per crown, based on the following factors: 

  • Geographic Location: Dental treatment costs can vary by region, with urban areas generally having higher costs than rural areas.
  • Dentist’s Experience and Reputation: Established and experienced dentists may charge higher fees for their services.
  • Additional Procedures: If additional procedures, such as root canal therapy or tooth extraction, are required before crown placement, the overall cost will increase.
  • Dental Insurance Coverage: Dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost of dental crowns.
  • Laboratory Fees: The cost of fabricating the crown in a dental laboratory is often included in the total price.  

When considering the cost of dental crowns, it’s essential to discuss all aspects with your dentist, including the choice of material, the necessity for any additional procedures, and potential insurance coverage. Your dentist can provide a personalized treatment plan and offer guidance on the most suitable options for your oral health and budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions/concerns about any procedures at Chevy Chase Dental Care, we are here to help. Below are some of the most common questions that patients have when it comes to dental crowns:

A dental crown is a prosthetic device that covers a damaged or weakened tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance.

Dental crowns are recommended for various reasons, including protecting a weak tooth, restoring a broken or decayed tooth, improving the appearance of a discolored tooth, or supporting a tooth following root canal treatment or a large filling.

The procedure typically involves a thorough examination, tooth preparation, impressions, and the fabrication and placement of a custom-fitted crown.

The procedure itself is performed under local anesthesia, so it is not painful. However, some patients may experience some minor sensitivity following the procedure- which should resolve within a few days.

The lifespan of a dental crown can vary, but with proper care and maintenance, can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or even longer.

At Chevy Chase Dental Care, we take pride in delivering exceptional dental crown services. Trust us to enhance your smile, restore functionality, and improve your overall oral health. Schedule a consultation today and experience the excellence of our comprehensive dental care services.

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