Ted Thomas, DMD -  - General Dentistry

White Oak Dental

Ted Thomas, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Silver Spring, MD

Teeth are naturally strong, but decay and damage can compromise their integrity and put your oral health at risk. Getting a crown is a simple, popular dental treatment to preserve your tooth. At White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, in Silver Spring, Maryland, the team offers the best in custom crowns. Talk to Dr. Thomas to learn more about the benefits of protecting a weak tooth with a crown. Contact the White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, by phone or book online for an appointment.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown covers and protects a tooth. Crowns are permanently affixed to a tooth, completely covering its exposed surface. This common treatment adds strength to weak or broken teeth. In some cases, crowns can improve the look of a tooth by changing its size and shape.

At White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, every crown is custom made. Depending on your needs, your crown might be made from a combination of metal, porcelain, or acrylic resin. If you’ve suffered decay or damage to a tooth, a crown can restore its integrity.

Why might I need to get a crown?

Decay and damage can compromise the strength and health of a tooth. Dr. Thomas and the team often recommend crowns for patients who have:

  • Weak teeth
  • Severely cracked teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Large fillings

In addition to protecting a damaged tooth at risk for breaking, crowns are also used for bridges and dental implants. Crowns are used to support dental bridges and they attach to the top of dental implants.

What is the process for getting a crown?

Most crown procedures take two office visits spaced over a period of about two weeks. If Dr. Thomas recommends a crown to treat tooth decay or damage, he begins by numbing the affected tooth and removing the decay.

Once your tooth is clean, Dr. Thomas may first reshape it in preparation for the crown. The team makes an impression of your tooth and sends it to a dental lab, where your custom crown is created. You’ll wear a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown, which takes about two weeks.

At your second appointment, Dr. Thomas fits the permanent crown on your tooth. He checks your bite and adjusts the crown until it fits perfectly. The permanent crown is cemented in place to protect the tooth below.

You’ll care for your crown like you do your other teeth. Brush and floss twice a day, and visit Dr. Thomas twice a year for dental cleanings. With proper care, you can expect your crown to last for the rest of your life.

Dental crowns are a popular treatment for damaged teeth to prevent pain and deterioration. For the best in dental care, contact White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, for an appointment today.