Dental Crowns in Lutherville-Timonium

Dental Crowns in Lutherville-Timonium

Create A Custom Tooth Restoration With Dr. Kreisheh

If your tooth has been damaged or decayed, a dental crown may be the best restoration option. Dental crowns completely encase the visible part of the tooth and can restore it to its original shape, size, and function. At Charm City Smiles in Lutherville, MD, Dr. George Kreisheh and his team have extensive experience with dental crowns and other restorations.

Call (410) 913-5700 today to schedule your dental crown consultation at our Lutherville dental office. Our team is here to ensure your oral health is in top shape and your smile stays radiant.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown, also known as a tooth cap, is a restoration that covers a weakened tooth due to decay, damage, or extensive restorative work. The crown restores the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance and can be made of various materials like porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination.

Once fitted over the prepared tooth, a dental crown is permanently cemented in place. It becomes the new outer surface that replaces the tooth’s damaged structure. A crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth down to the gum line to provide structure, function, and an improved appearance.

Why Get a Dental Crown?

There are several reasons Dr. Kreisheh may recommend a dental crown for a patient:

  • A tooth is badly decayed and unable to support a filling
  • A prior large filling has fractured or come loose
  • A tooth is cracked or fractured
  • A tooth has had root canal treatment
  • A tooth is discolored and unsightly
  • A tooth is misshapen and needs an improved appearance
  • A tooth has a large old silver filling you want to be replaced
  • A tooth needs protection and strength after dental work
  • You want to improve the look of your smile by modifying tooth shape/color

Dental crowns are a versatile restoration option that can address various cosmetic and structural tooth concerns. They provide full coverage for damaged, worn, or compromised teeth.

The Dental Crowns Process at Charm City Smiles

Initial Exam

Dr. Kreisheh will examine the tooth thoroughly and take X-rays to determine if you are a candidate for a crown. He will discuss treatment options and address any questions.


The tooth and surrounding gums will be numbed using a local anesthetic before any work is done. You’ll only experience pressure, not pain.

Tooth Preparation

Dr. Kreisheh will use a special drill to carefully shape the tooth so the crown can fit over it properly. He’ll remove some of the outer enamel, and the tooth will be trimmed and contoured.


We’ll take an impression of the prepared tooth to create a mold for your custom crown. For some crowns, digital 3D scans may be used instead of a traditional impression.

Temporary Crown

Our Lutherville dentist will place a temporary acrylic or plastic crown on your tooth to protect it while your permanent crown is being fabricated. This usually takes a couple of weeks. You’ll return to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one cemented.

Crown Placement

At your placement visit, Dr. Kreisheh will ensure your new crown fits correctly and looks natural. It will then be permanently cemented onto the prepared tooth with a dental adhesive. With good oral hygiene, your crown can last many years, restoring form and function to your tooth. Let the Charm City Smiles team know if you experience any sensitivity or discomfort after your crown is placed.

Caring For Dental Crowns

Here are some tips for caring for dental crowns:

  • Brush and floss carefully around the crown each day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle flossing technique to avoid dislodging the crown.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods like ice, nuts, or hard candy that could damage the crown.
  • Watch what you bite into. Don’t use your crowned teeth to bite into foods like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob. Cut them into smaller pieces first.
  • Use a mouthguard if you play sports to prevent trauma to the crown.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth to prevent excessive wear. If you have bruxism or TMJ disorders, talk to your dentist about a night guard.
  • See our Lutherville dentist promptly if the crown feels loose, falls off, or you notice any changes around the margins. It may need to be re-cemented or replaced.
  • Get regular dental checkups and cleanings. Dr. Kreisheh can examine the fit of the crown and check for any problems.
  • Follow good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice and flossing once daily. This prevents decay around the crown margins.
  • Rinse your mouth after eating acidic or sugary foods, which can lead to enamel erosion.

With proper care and good oral hygiene habits, your dental crowns can last for many years. Let your dentist know if you have any concerns or need help caring for your crowns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do dental crowns look natural?

Porcelain and ceramic crowns are colored to match your natural teeth very closely. Metal crowns are less aesthetic but may be recommended for back teeth. Let your dentist know your cosmetic preferences.

Do I need a crown for my cracked tooth?

A cracked or fractured tooth often requires a crown to stabilize it, prevent further damage, and restore the tooth’s structure and appearance. Your dentist will assess if a crown is the right treatment.

How long do crowns last?

With proper care, dental crowns typically last five to 15 years or longer before needing to be repaired or replaced. Good oral hygiene and avoiding hard foods can maximize their lifespan.

Are dental crowns painful?

Having a crown placed doesn’t hurt due to local anesthetic. You may have some temperature sensitivity afterward that resolves over time. Let the dentist know if any discomfort persists.

Turn to Dr. Kreisheh for Quality Dental Crowns in Lutherville

If your tooth requires a restoration, dental crowns offer many benefits. Dr. George Kreisheh provides natural-looking, custom-crafted crowns to patients in Lutherville, MD. With an eye for aesthetics and precision, he focuses on providing the best possible outcome for long-lasting results.

Contact Charm City Smiles today at 410-913-5700 to schedule a consultation if you think you may need a dental crown. Dr. Kreisheh will conduct a thorough evaluation and explain all your options. You can rest assured you’ll receive exceptional dental care in a friendly, comfortable office.