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Dental Crowns

Damaged, decayed, or missing teeth can cause pain and make it difficult to eat or speak. 

A dental crown can restore the function of your bite as well as improve your oral health. 

The dentists at Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. in Washington, DC, can craft custom dental crowns. 

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a restoration commonly used to cover a tooth following extensive trauma or decay. Crowns provide much-needed support to damaged or decayed teeth and can also be used with dental implants to replace a lost tooth.

Why Choose Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. for Your Dental Crown?

Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. proudly serves the Washington, DC, area. Dr. Mark Rusk and Dr. Will Thornton have over 10 years of experience. We use durable, high-quality zirconia to craft dental crowns. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable and can help you with dental insurance paperwork. Our practice also has high-vacuum air purifiers in all rooms to further minimize the risk of COVID and other infections.

Contact us online or call us to book your initial consultation today!

(202) 991-4911

"​Most professional and skilled team I've ever been to." ​Caleb McLean

What Materials Are Used?

Our Washington, DC, dentistry practice crafts dental crowns from zirconia. It is at least three times stronger than porcelain. This is also a great option for people with allergies or sensitivities to certain metals. With proper care and hygiene, zirconia will last much longer than porcelain. Like porcelain, a zirconia crown will be matched to your teeth to give you a natural-looking appearance. 

Dental Crown Process

Consultation and Planning

Everyone has unique dental needs, and your dentist will perform an initial evaluation to determine the right treatment plan for you. Depending on your needs, a root canal may be performed before the dental crown is placed. If you are missing a tooth or require an extraction, a dental crown can be used to restore a dental implant to prevent bone deterioration. In cases of extraction or implant placement, healing time will factor into the treatment timeline.

Taking Impressions

Impressions are taken to craft your custom crown. Our Washington, DC, dentists also color-match the material to ensure the permanent crown will resemble your natural teeth. The impressions are sent to a lab where your custom crown is crafted. Turnaround time varies, but it generally takes about two weeks for your permanent crown to arrive.

Prepping the Tooth

The dentist will reshape the tooth by removing the enamel to allow the dental crown to fit properly. A temporary crown is put in place to protect the exposed tooth while the permanent crown is made. This temporary crown will allow you to eat and speak normally while you wait on your permanent crown to come back from the lab.

Placing the Crown

When your permanent crown arrives at our office, you will have an appointment to place it. The dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth. The permanent crown can be adjusted at this point to ensure comfort and a proper bite.

The Cost of Dental Crowns


Each case and the course of treatment is unique, therefore costs will vary based on patient need. In most cases, dental crowns are considered a restorative dentistry procedure, and most insurances will contribute to the costs. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable about insurance coverage, and we will work with you to file the necessary paperwork and make the most of your benefits.

It is important to remember that dental insurance does not cover cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as using a crown to improve the appearance of a tooth. Your dental health is important to us, so we offer flexible financing options and accept CareCredit® and several major credit cards to help with out-of-pocket costs.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the difference between a crown and a cap?

Dental crowns used to be referred to as caps. However, most dentists today use the term “crown.” There is no difference between a cap and a crown. It is simply a matter of terminology.

Does getting a crown hurt?

Our Washington, DC, dentists will ensure that you are comfortable during your treatment. When the tooth is being reshaped, you will be numbed using a local anesthetic. It is important to communicate with your dentist during and after treatment. If your crown is causing pain, or if you experience any sort of discomfort, please let your dentist know so he can make adjustments.

How long will my crown last? 

With proper care, a crown will last around 15 years but can sometimes last longer.

Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to just have a damaged tooth pulled?

It is important to remember that even a single missing tooth can cause the jawbone to recede and can cause other teeth to shift. This can create long-term issues that will require more extensive treatments later. If the tooth is strong enough, it is best to save it. A crown can protect what is left of the tooth, keep the tooth roots in place to prevent jawbone atrophy, and prevent the remaining healthy teeth from shifting.

"Great people, giving good care." James Lytle

Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C.

The friendly team of professionals at Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. provides comprehensive dental care to patients throughout Washington, DC. Dr. Mark Rusk, Dr. Will Thornton, and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • District of Columbia Dental Society

To schedule an appointment at our Washington, DC, dental office, contact us online or call (202) 293-5805.

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