Dental crowns can be used in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. A tooth crown provides both a natural looking and strong restoration for a damaged or severely decayed tooth. Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen uses dental crowns to save the natural tooth, avoiding the complex problems caused by tooth loss.

Dental crowns can also be used to reshape a tooth for patients with bite disorders or misaligned teeth or to improve the appearance of discolored or damaged teeth.

About Dental Crowns

453660425A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth that is decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. Tooth caps are generally used by the dentist when a filling is insufficient.

Dr. Nguyen also uses dental crowns in cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or discolored.

Porcelain vs. Gold Dental Crown

Chantilly dentist Dr. Nguyen offers several choices in material for dental crowns. She will generally use a tooth-colored restoration such as porcelain for teeth in the smile zone. Teeth in the back of the mouth may be better restored using a gold tooth cap.

Both choices are highly durable and Dr. Nguyen will help you choose which is right based on your needs, goals and budget.

Dental Crowns: Step By Step

Initial Visit: First, Dr. Nguyen will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, the dentist will look for hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help Dr. Nguyen to design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. She will inform you of the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.

Tooth Preparation: Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Nguyen will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.

Final Restoration: In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Chantilly Virginia dentist office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Nguyen will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.

Dental Crown FAQs

Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. Dr. Nguyen will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, offering sedation dentistry options when needed.It is normal to experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.

How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a tooth crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, Dr. Nguyen will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We work with virtually all dental insurance carriers in our Chantilly, VA dentist office.

What should I do if I have a broken crown?

If you have a broken crown, please contact our Chantilly dentist office for an appointment with Dr. Nguyen. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.