Dental Crowns
Arlington VA


Dental Crowns

A dental crown is like a cap or a cover that can be placed over your damaged tooth. It can restore your tooth to its normal size, shape, color, and function.

On any given occasion, you may experience issues with your teeth becoming damaged, decayed, or even less aesthetically pleasing than the neighboring teeth. In these situations, dental crowns can be an excellent solution to restore the surface of your tooth back to a natural look and healthy function.

The team at Cherrydale Family Dental is proud of our efforts in working with all members of your family, from infant to teenager to mom and dad to grandparents. Patience is certainly a virtue in our quick paced lives today. Our team enjoys watching a patient grow and mature with a healthy smile. If you have any questions at all regarding a dental crown, simply call Cherrydale Family Dental at 703-243-8288. You can find us at 4399 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA, 22312.



What Is a Dental Crown?

When we examine the ‘crowns’ of your teeth, we are referring to the enamel surface of your tooth that is exposed over the gum-line. When this part of the tooth is damaged, a dental crown is a cap that sits directly on top of the tooth, covering the entire visible portion, to help protect the remaining tooth structure. Crowns are usually shaded to match the color of your natural teeth but can be fabricated using a variety of materials such as resin, porcelain, ceramic, or metal.

Crowns are Long Lasting

The life expectancy of a dental crown can be based on a variety of different factors. If you are taking care of your teeth by practicing a good oral hygiene routine and staying away from foods that are difficult to chew, your crown could last several decades. The average life expectancy is between 5-15 years, but some dental crowns have been known to withstand up to 30 years with good proper hygiene habits.

Side Effects are Minimal

Right after the placement of your crown, you may experience some slight sensitivity in your teeth or gums. This response is quite common and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers or by a prescription medication if the discomfort is intense. We can also suggest rinses and pastes formulated to ease the discomfort of oral sensitivity if beneficial.

Are There Future Risks?

When you have a dental crown placed, it is extremely important to continue to practice good oral hygiene daily to prevent decay and bacterial infections that can occur under the surface. The crown is designed to replicate the natural tooth, but there is still the possibility of cracking, fracturing, and chipping if eating or chewing on hard foods.

Dental Crown Process

Before your final crown can be placed, X-rays will need to be taken of the tooth to determine if there is any additional damage below the gum line. If the root and gums are stable, we will remove any decayed areas of the tooth before reshaping it to prepare for the fitting of the crown.

Next, we will make an impression of the tooth as a guide for the dental lab to fabricate your crown, a process taking about two to three weeks to finish. In the meantime, we may place a temporary crown, typically made from acrylic, to protect the reshaped tooth from any further damage.

When your crown is completed at the lab, a final appointment is scheduled for the removal of the temporary crown and the placement of the final one. We may suggest a local anesthetic, so you are comfortable during the procedure. Once we together approve the color and shape of the crown, we will cement it into place, and you are good to go with your healthy smile.

Dental Crowns Vs. Veneers

When we consider and discuss your restorative options, we want to choose the solution that is best for your personal circumstance. If you have compared the options of crowns and veneers, it is important to note that these procedures differ in placement, purpose, and functionality.

  • Veneers: Veneers are wafer-thin shells, typically made of porcelain, that cover just the front surface of your teeth to alter their color, size, and shape. They can hide signs of discoloration, staining, cracks, and chips. However, they really serve more as a cosmetic option rather than a restorative procedure.
  • Crowns: If you need a dental crown usually, we are interested in restoring both the appearance and functionality of your tooth. In comparison to the veneer, dental crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gum line, allowing for more effective chewing and biting when eating. This treatment does have obvious cosmetic benefits, but the primary purpose of a dental crown is focused on the repair of damaged or decayed tooth.

The staff at Cherrydale Family Dental believes that it is always best to discuss your multiple treatment options to assure you are choosing the correct procedure for your dental concern.

The Costs Associated with Your Dental Crown

The cost of a dental crown, much like any other dental procedure, will vary. The cost of the treatment will be affected based on the type of material used to fabricate your crown, whether a temporary crown is introduced, if you use any sedation, and any difficulties throughout the process. Our office staff will assist you in checking with your insurance company to review your coverage for dental crowns. We do offer Care Credit, so speaking with our financial coordinator to assess your options is another helpful step to restoring your healthy smile within your financial budget.

Dental crowns can dramatically change the lives of individuals with damaged teeth. By providing a healthy alternative to repairing teeth, you can be confident again in your smile. If you are experiencing problems with decaying or damaged teeth, contact us to see if you are a candidate for a dental crown procedure.


Quality Dental Care for ALL Family Members

At Cherrydale Family Dental, 4399 Old Dominion Dr., Arlington, VA, we work rigorously to develop trustful and long-lasting relationships with each patient. We see more than simple teeth or gums and a smile when you enter our office. We see a caring patient that will hopefully become a trusting friend. We want to contribute to helping you maintain good oral health to the best of your ability. We will always look forward to seeing you and discussing what is best for you and your smile. Please contact us at 703-243-8288 to discuss the benefits of dental crowns that can improve your quality of life.


Modern dentistry techniques, affordable prices and financial options make it easier than ever for you to have a bright and healthy smile. We are currently accepting new patients and we would love to help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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