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!
"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
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.
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