Dental Crowns Specialist

Leslie E Bonner, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

The Bonner Dental Network PC

Leslie E Bonner, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Downtown, Washington, DC

If you develop a deep cavity or severely damage a tooth, dental crowns can prevent additional problems and restore your smile to its near-original condition. At The Bonner Dental Network PC, Leslie Bonner, DDS, and Shams Islam, DDS, offer CEREC same-day dental crowns to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Washington, DC, call the office to speak with a friendly team member or use the convenient online scheduling tool.

Dental Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are synthetic porcelain caps bonded on top of a molar or premolar. They restore a damaged or decaying tooth to its near-original shape, size, and appearance, improving your oral health and ability to bite and chew.

At The Bonner Dental Network PC, Dr. Bonner offers CEREC same-day dental crowns. The on-site CEREC milling machine makes it possible to receive a custom restoration in just one appointment.

What are dental crowns used for?

At The Bonner Dental Network PC, Dr. Bonner uses dental crowns to:

  • Attach to dental implants
  • Support dental bridges
  • Protect weak or decaying teeth
  • Restore broken or damaged teeth
  • Make cosmetic modifications

Dr. Bonner also uses crowns to cover stained or discolored teeth that won’t respond to whitening treatments.

What does getting dental crowns involve?

At The Bonner Dental Network PC, getting dental crowns takes only one appointment.

Before recommending a dental crown, Dr. Bonner conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. Afterward, he takes a series of oral X-rays to assess the extent of the damage or decay. Then, he takes digital impressions of your tooth using an intraoral scanner.

Dr. Bonner uploads your impressions to a computer-design program and designs a dental crown that matches the unique curves and cusps of your tooth. After finalizing a design, he transfers it to the on-site CEREC milling machine. The milling machine creates a custom crown from a block of ceramic.

When the machine finishes crafting your crown, Dr. Bonner administers a local anesthetic and bonds it in place. He trims any excess material, polishes the crown, and sends you home with care instructions. Most dental crown appointments take less than 90 minutes.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns usually last between 12-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. To keep your crown in optimal condition, Dr. Bronner recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

To prevent damage to your crown, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or opening objects with your teeth. If you play contact sports like hockey or rugby, consider wearing a mouthguard.

If you’re interested in learning more about same-day dental crowns, make an appointment at The Bonner Dental Network PC by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.