William A. Taylor, DDS, PA

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Silver Spring, MD

If you have a tooth that’s damaged, decayed, or unsightly, a crown can help make your smile beautiful and functional again. William A. Taylor, Jr., DDS, PA, provides its patients in Silver Spring, Maryland, with high-quality crowns that make their smiles whole again. To get started, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown, or a cap, is a tooth-shaped covering that fits over the part of your tooth shows above your gumline. Dr. Taylor uses an impression of your mouth in fabricating your crown, so once it’s in place, it feels and functions just like a natural tooth. 

What purpose does a crown serve?

Dr. Taylor might recommend a crown for several reasons, like:

  • Restoring a tooth with a large filling
  • Replacing a tooth that’s misshapen, stained, or unsightly
  • Reinforcing a tooth that’s damaged or decayed
  • Replacing a tooth cap that’s significantly worn down
  • Protecting a weakened tooth

Dr. Taylor can also combine a crown with a dental implant in order to replace a tooth that’s fully missing from your smile. You might also get a crown after root canal therapy to strengthen and reinforce your treated tooth.

What are crowns made from?

There are a few materials that are commonly used in crowns, including:

  • Metals, like gold, platinum, or base-metal alloys
  • Porcelain
  • Composite resin

Each of these materials have different advantages depending on the location of your mouth. Dr. Taylor works with you to select a crown material that’s best for your particular needs, preferences, and budget.

What are the steps in getting a crown?

First, Dr. Taylor numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. Then, he uses a drill to gently shave some of the enamel off of the tooth that’s receiving the crown. This creates room for the crown and enables Dr. Taylor to bond it to your tooth.

Next, Dr. Taylor takes an impression of your mouth. He sends that impression to an off-site laboratory that uses it to build your crown. Because the lab makes your crown from a highly precise dental mold, it fits perfectly in your smile and feels just like your natural tooth.

It takes the lab a couple of weeks to make your crown, so you’ll have to come back for a second visit once it’s ready. In the interim, you wear a temporary crown to keep your tooth protected. Once your permanent restoration is ready, Dr. Taylor seals it in place with dental cement, and you leave the office with a beautifully restored smile.

Schedule your visit with William A. Taylor, Jr., DDS, PA, today by calling the office or booking online, and get your crown.