Crowns

Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC

General Dentist located in Washington, DC

Just one broken tooth can detract from your smile and overall appearance, which is why it’s so important to restore damaged teeth right away. Mohammed Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, restores damaged teeth with crowns in as little as two weeks. If you need to fix a broken, discolored, or cracked tooth, call the Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC office or book an appointment online today.

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Just one broken tooth can detract from your smile and overall appearance, which is why it’s so important to restore damaged teeth right away.


What are dental crowns?

As the name suggests, a dental crown is a cap that covers your tooth. Dr. Nkutu Kirunda uses crowns to fix damaged teeth that still have healthy roots. If you’ve ever seen a gold tooth flash in someone’s smile, you’ve seen a crown. But don’t worry — your own dental work doesn’t have to be so obvious.

Although crowns made of porcelain are the most common, they come in a wide variety of materials. Dr. Nkutu Kirunda can design and color your crown to blend flawlessly with the rest of your teeth. The only thing people will notice is how great your smile looks.

Why would I need a dental crown?

Dr. Nkutu Kirunda uses crowns to fix broken, discolored, or otherwise damaged teeth. Not only does this improve the appearance of your smile, a crown restores function to your problem tooth.

Common reasons people get dental crowns include to:

  • Cover discolored teeth
  • Stop a cracked or fractured tooth from further damage
  • Replace a large filling
  • Cover a root canal
  • Anchor a bridge that replaces a missing tooth

What should I expect from a dental crown procedure?

The process of getting a crown typically requires two visits. The first time, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda examines your tooth to determine whether a crown is your best option. If so, he prepares your tooth for a crown.

He may cast an impression of your teeth, which he then sends to a dental lab to make your crown. He makes a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth until the permanent one is ready.

During your second visit, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda checks the fit and color of your permanent crown. If all looks good, he cements it over your damaged tooth, and your smile is restored.

The process generally takes two weeks from your first appointment to your finished crown.

You may experience some discomfort or sensitivity in your crowned tooth, especially if the tooth still has a nerve. It’s common to feel sensitivity to hot and cold. Dr. Nkutu Kirunda recommends caring for your crown with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.

If you have a broken, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth and want to know if a dental crown is right for you, call the office of Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC or book an appointment online today.