Dental Crown Columbia, MD

Are you experiencing dental issues like cracked, chipped, or severely worn-down teeth? A dental crown can restore you the function of your tooth, your dental health, and your confidence. At the office of Dr. Walter Mazzella, we craft custom dental crowns that will cover the tooth perfectly. We can provide you with a dental crown in Columbia, MD that will blend in perfectly with your surrounding teeth and prevent further damage.

dental crown in Columbia, MD

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a like a “cap” that is shaped like a tooth. These tooth caps will encases the entire visible portion of a damaged or decayed tooth above the gum line. These custom-made restorations will reinforce and protect a weakened tooth while enhancing its appearance. Dental crowns act as a suit of armor, sheltering the underlying tooth from further harm and restoring its functionality.

We craft our tooth crowns from cubic zirconia, a durable material that will mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Crowns made from cubic zirconia are also very durable and will function like natural teeth.

When is a Dental Crown Necessary?

Dental crowns are necessary when a tooth is damaged, such as being cracked, chipped, or broken. They are also used when a tooth requires a large filling that exceeds its ability to support it or has significant decay or excessive wear. Additionally, crowns are applied to cover dental implants, hold dental bridges in place, or improve the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth.

Getting a Dental Crown

Before restoring a tooth with a dental crown, Dr. Mazzella will examine it and look for potential dental problems that may need attention. For instance, if a tooth has decay, the dentist can treat it before placing the cap over it.

At your first appointment, Dr. Mazzella will first prepare the tooth. He will apply a local anesthetic during crown preparation. You will receive an injection of a temporary numbing agent into your gum so you won’t feel pain.

To prepare the tooth, your dentist will need to file, shave down, or remove part of its outer layer. The amount will vary based on the amount of damage or decay. The purpose is to remove all damage and make the tooth smaller to create room for the crown. The dentist may also need to build up the tooth to strengthen it so it can support the crown.

Once the tooth is ready, Dr. Mazzella will make an impression of the tooth then a dental lab will use it to fabricate the crown so that it fits the exact space. While you are waiting for your permanent crown, we will use a temporary crown. The purpose of a temporary dental crown is to protect the tooth.

When we receive your new tooth cap from the lab, Dr. Mazzella will install the dental crown with dental cement.

Caring for Dental Crowns

Proper oral hygiene is vital for maintaining the longevity and appearance of your dental crown. Dr. Mazzella recommends the following tips to care for your new crown:

  • Brush your teeth several times a day with fluoride toothpaste. Use gentle circular motions to scrub the crown and teeth clean.
  • Floss daily, gently sliding the floss between the crown and gums to remove any food particles or plaque buildup.
  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria further and prevent gum disease.
  • Visit Dr. Mazzella regularly for professional cleanings and dental checkups. A thorough cleaning can remove any stubborn plaque or tartar buildup. He will also monitor the condition of your crown.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More about a Dental Crown in Columbia, MD

If you want to learn more about getting a dental crown in Columbia, MD, contact our office today. To schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Walter Mazzella’s office at (410) 559-9951 or request an appointment online.