If one tooth is damaged or worn down, it can be protected with a dental crown. Also known as a cap, crowns are custom made to fit over your tooth and colored to match your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. At Ingber Dental in Washington, D.C., a dental crown may be used to treat a large area of decay, protect a weak tooth, restore a cracked tooth, or cover a discolored tooth. Dr. Kenneth Ingber and his team offer dental crowns with different materials to match your specific needs, including porcelain, metal, and porcelain over metal. Schedule a consultation to learn about how a crown can strengthen or repair a tooth while also boosting the overall health of your smile.
Dental Crowns Reviews
"I am so glad that I chose Dr. Porvaznik for my Invisalign treatment. My case was not an easy one, so it took some time, but every step of the way I felt like I was in great hands - both with him and with his assistant who handles impressions and scans. Dr. P is a very smart, personable dentist who seems to love his work and who has very high standards for end results. He carefully listened to my questions and concerns and offered thorough explanations of options and his recommendations. The office is very well managed and staff are courteous. I never had trouble making an appointment and never had to wait. I am extremely pleased with my Invisalign results. When a different dentist at a different practice subsequently caused some new alignment problems when putting in new crowns, Dr. Porvaznik went above and beyond to help me resolve them. I highly recommend him as someone who is both talented and trustworthy."- L.S. / Yelp / Jan 08, 2016
"Compassionate and conservative dentist. Full disclosure: I have high dental needs. I am not your average see-the-dentist-for-a-cleaning-twice-a-year type of patient, so over the last 5 years since i've been a patient, i've had a LOT of interactions with Dr. Ingber, Dr. P and their staff. I have a compromised immune system and jaws of steel (read: clenching and grinding and breaking of teeth), so I've had a lot of dental work for my age...and when I have a problem with my teeth it needs to be fixed, and fast, as any infection or problem can progress very quickly into severe danger/health complication territory. Dr. Ingber is among the best dentists I've seen for my needs. I've been his patient for years now, and although their office is now out of my dental network he continues to work with me to pay for crowns, implants, mouthguards, fillings, and small cracks. He always suggests all of the options if I need work done, and lets me choose which is the best fit for my budget and my health needs. He's fixed failed/poor dental work I had at another dentist, and preserved my tooth structure in every possible way. He answers his cell phone on the weekend in an emergency, and Carrie, Angie and the crew will fit me in without question for an appointment, whether something is loose, cracked, painful, or needs adjusting. Dr. Ingber really does care about his patients' oral health, and his work on my teeth has been flawless and tireless. If you just need a basic cleaning and you've never had a cavity, well, this will be a pretty easy 30 minutes spent in the chair. But if you've got high dental needs, you've delayed some complex work, or you get nervous at the dentist - Dr. Ingber really is very professional, very personable, and just the best. Going to the dentist is generally awful, but seeing Dr. Ingber isn't really so bad."- A.B. / Yelp / May 16, 2013
"I haven't visited Dr. Porvaznik since I moved out of DC 8 years ago but back then I was a "regular", thanks to my annoyingly fussy teeth and gums. I've had all kinds of problems over the years, and have been to a variety of dental professionals to address them. I would have saved a lot of time (and money) if I had gone to Dr. Porvaznik earlier because he's the best. He's got excellent manners, he's very transparent about procedures (and their cost) and I never felt that he was recommending unnecessary work. More importantly the work is top-notch. In my situation this included several crowns, as well as "root planning" (a procedure that no prior dentist had offered and one that radically improved the health of my gums). Recently, my current dentist commented that the bridge Dr. Porvaznik did for me 10 years ago was "very well done". Highly recommended."- X.W. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2018
"I had all four upper front teeth replaced with crowns at the same time. The results are excellent and all work was completed within one day. I highly recommend the entire team for their professionalism."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 26, 2018
"Every time, without fail, my experience with the entire staff at Ingber Dental is fantastic. They've cleaned my teeth, fixed my cracked tooth, for me with crowns, fit me with a night guard and every experience has NOT been awful! When I think back on the Pain and Shame I've felt at other offices, I am SO THANKFUL for Ingber Dental, their hygienists, Dr. Porvaznik, Randy, Lindsey and the entire staff!!"- M.T. / Demandforce / Aug 01, 2017
Crowns may be needed or wanted in a variety of situations. They can be used to protect a weak, decaying tooth to keep it from breaking or they can hold together a cracked tooth. Crowns can also fix a loose or worn-down tooth, and they can be utilized to support a tooth with a large cavity that cannot hold a normal filling, hold a dental bridge in place, or mask misshapen or discolored teeth. Additionally, they can be cemented to the tooth or attached to a dental implant. The material of the crown is selected based on the location of the tooth. Metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) are typically stronger so they are better for the less visible teeth in the back. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are better for the front teeth and customized to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. At your consultation, we will discuss your options and help you select the best crown for your needs.
What To Expect
In your consultation, impressions of your teeth will be taken so your crown can be custom made. If needed, a temporary crown can be placed over your tooth while your custom crown is being made. Once your dental crown is ready, the area to be treated will be numbed with a local anesthetic. More sedation options may be available if you have dental anxieties or fears. Once you are ready, the tooth will be prepared by removing debris and decay, then the tooth will be filed down to make room for the crown. The crown will be cemented onto the tooth or attached to the dental implant. Once set, the fit will be adjusted so your bite is correct.
If only local anesthesia is used, you should be able to leave once your crown is placed and get back to your day. A member of our team will discuss the best way to care for your crown, including foods to avoid and the best way to keep it clean. During your annual exams at Ingber Dental, we will assess your crown and adjust the fit for comfort. We will determine when the crown needs to be replaced, but with proper care, it should last for many years. If you have any issues with your crown (it becomes loose or falls out), contact our office right away. Do not try to fix it or put it back in yourself since this can lead to a bad fit or infection.
Depending on your dental insurance, part of the cost of your crown may be covered. Once we talk to your insurance, our office will be able to better estimate your personal expenses. During your consultation, we can help you choose the best material for your crown that fits your budget. A member of our financial team will also discuss payment options, including medical financing, to make your treatment more affordable.
Custom Dental Crowns
A single missing or damaged tooth can be treated with a dental crown at Ingber Dental. Talk to our team about how a crown can protect your tooth from further damage and keep your mouth healthy. With a wide variety of materials available, a custom crown can be matched with your natural teeth to keep your smile beautiful. Contact our office in Washington, D.C. to schedule a consultation.