Michael J. Urban, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Michael J. Urban, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Gaithersburg, MD

Your teeth are some of your most prized assets, so when they become damaged, why not treat them like royalty? Michael J. Urban, DDS, provides custom-made dental crowns to improve the appearance of chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth at his Gaithersburg, Maryland, practice. Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored and help improve the function of teeth that have been injured or decayed. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.

Crowns Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are protective caps that are placed onto teeth to help restore or enhance the appearance of your teeth. They are used in a variety of situations, including to address:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Teeth that may become fractured
  • Teeth that have recently undergone a root canal

The main function of a crown is to make sure that vulnerable teeth don’t incur more damage. Made out of porcelain, crowns can be custom-produced to match the color, shape, and appearance of structurally or cosmetically damaged teeth. Teeth with crowns feel and function just like your natural, healthy teeth.

How are crowns made and placed?

Getting a crown made and placed typically requires two visits to the office with Dr. Urban. At your first visit, Dr. Urban takes detailed impressions of your teeth and, in some cases, files down your affected tooth slightly to make sufficient room for the crown. These impressions are sent off to an outside dental lab where your crown is custom-made according to Dr. Urban’s specifications.

When you return for a second visit, your crown is ready and waiting for you. Dr. Urban places the crown on the tooth and uses cement to hold it secure so the tooth can be properly shaped to create a suctioning effect. In special cases, bonding is required to adhere the crown onto your tooth. Either way, it is a short, painless, and straightforward procedure. The last step is to remove the outer shell to replace it with the crown, and now you have a beautiful, natural looking smile.

After the appointment, Dr. Urban schedules a follow-up visit for you within a week or two. This allows him to monitor your progress and make sure you’re adjusting to your new crown without any complications.  

How long do crowns last?

As long as you take good care of your crown, there’s no reason it shouldn’t last you at least 10 years, if not more. The key to ensuring a long lifespan for your crown is practicing good oral hygiene. After getting your crown, continue to brush and floss regularly and maintain sound dietary habits. Try to limit your sugar intake and avoid hard foods that could potentially cause cracks or chips, such as hard candies and popcorn kernels.

To monitor the success of the crown, Dr. Urban has follow-ups with you during the six months following the procedure. As your mouth naturally changes over time, your crown may need slight adjustments.

To find out more about crowns, call Dr. Urban’s office or use the online booking tool today and schedule a time to come in.