General & Cosmetic Dentist in Washington D.C.
Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
If your natural teeth are crooked, crowded, or spaced unevenly, or if everyday wear and tear has left your teeth discolored and broken, Dr. Singer can correct these problems with superior quality crowns and bridges.
Crowns Unlike Any Other
A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that completely covers the natural tooth to just below the gum line. This is one of the most common procedures for a cosmetic dentist to perform.
Why You May Need a Crown
A crown can restore the appearance of a cracked or chipped tooth or strengthen a weakened or worn tooth. Dr. Singer may also recommend crowns when you want to improve the appearance of your teeth. If teeth are mildly out of alignment, crowns can make your teeth appear straight. When you have a tooth with bleach-resistant stains, a cosmetic crown can cover the discoloration and make your tooth appear whiter. If you have a strong or close bite, Dr. Singer may suggest crowns over another treatment since crowns are more durable and less susceptible to chipping or fracture.
What Makes Our Crowns Different
Most cosmetic crowns are either created in computer guided milling machines or pressed in a mold. While these methods are quick,
sometimes the crowns are not measured accurately to your teeth and their appearance may not look natural. To achieve lifelike appearance and beautiful luminance, Dr. Singer creates his artistic crowns using a method that is followed by only 5 percent of the dentists in the world.
Each artistic crown he creates has up to 32 gradations of color, matched to the natural white of your teeth. While most crowns have a metal core, Dr. Singer uses Zirconia, an extremely strong and durable material, to create a core that resists cracks and fractures. With Zirconia, you won’t see a black line (the tell-tale sign of a metal crown), near your gums. Instead, your crown will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Then, up to 42 layers of Noritake Japanese porcelain are applied and baked over this core. Dr. Singer uses this type of porcelain because it’s the finest in the world and its consistency matches that of your natural tooth enamel.
If you look closely at one of our crowns, you’ll notice that they are naturally luminous. That’s the handiwork of our award-winning ceramicist who has studied ceramics from porcelain masters in Japan. His understanding of the color, hue, and translucency of natural teeth is unmatched and he will design a dazzling custom crown for your tooth.
Thanks to advances in dental materials, we now can make crowns entirely out of Zirconia and Porcelain – no metal or unsightly dark bands at the base of the tooth.
Finally, our crowns are fired in state-of-the-art Dekima ceramic ovens at 1800 degrees F. The accuracy of this temperature is extremely important to creating natural-looking crowns.
How the Crowning Process Works
When you need a crown, Dr. Singer will take an impression of the tooth you want to crown. He reduces the tooth structure from all sides of the tooth. Once the lab creates the crown, Dr. Singer will first inspect it to make sure that it meets his aesthetic standards. When Dr. Singer’s process is complete, you’ll feel completely confident that you have a beautiful smile and strong, functional teeth.
Quality Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a set of artificial teeth. They can be used to replace up to ten missing natural teeth. When Dr. Singer applies a bridge, he places support crowns on healthy teeth on either side of missing teeth and then anchors your bridge to those teeth. This is what’s called a fixed bridge. Unlike partial dentures, it doesn’t need to be removed regularly.
Dr. Singer usually recommends bridges to close gaps or replace missing teeth as well as stabilize and balance your bite. Like our crowns, our bridges are created using the best materials and technologies from around the world. When you smile, the bridge will be completely indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth.
If you’re missing teeth or want to replace your existing bridge, Dr. Singer can suggest several different types of bridges. When you schedule a consultation, he can help you select the best solution for your unique dental needs.
When contemplating cosmetic dentistry, it is recommended using the services of a specially trained cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Jeffrey Singer. He understands what the patient expects and how they want their teeth and smile to look.
A crown is a restoration that covers or ‘caps’ a tooth to restore the tooth as closely as possible to its normal shape, size, and function. The crown will strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. It is used:
1- to fix or restore teeth if there is not enough tooth left to provide support for a very large filling
2- to attach a bridge to replace one or more missing teeth
3- to protect weak teeth from fracturing
4- to restore a fractured tooth
5- to cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
6- to cover a dental implant
Our crowns are made with a zirconia core and then covered with ceramics. Dr. Jeffrey Singer will take into consideration for your crown:
1- the location of the tooth
2- the position of the gum tissue
3- the amount of tooth that shows with your smile
4- the color of the tooth
5- the occlusion or bite
6- the shape and length of the crown
7- the color of your natural teeth
Several steps are taken to complete the two visit treatment. Dr. Singer will prepare the tooth by removing the outer portion to accommodate the thickness of the crown. If a filling was in the tooth, part of the material may be left to serve as a foundation for the crown.
An impression is taken to provide an exact model of the tooth that will receive the crown. Dr. Singer’s laboratory technician will follow written instructions and use the model to develop the shape and size of the crown.
A temporary crown is placed until the final crown is delivered to you.
When you are satisfied with the final crown, how it looks and feels, Dr. Singer will cement it in place.
When you smile, others will not know that you have a crown – it will look natural.
Investing in your smile makes sense – in today’s world you must look your best at all times. Be confident in your ability to make a great impression. Your new smile will open many doors.
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