Restore a Damaged Smile with Dental Crowns

As we age, so do our teeth. Problems like decay, cracks, and discoloration may begin to affect your smile and oral health. Your smile may not be what it once was. Crowns are one solution that can help you regain your youthful smile.

If a tooth is decayed or cracked we may suggest a crown to protect the damaged teeth from no additional, more expensive problems.  Sometimes a filling or bonding is just not enough.

Crowns are created from a number of materials. They can be constructed of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. A porcelain crown is normally the best choice.  It is designed to match the shade of your natural teeth, blending in to appear natural – providing a beautiful solution for a natural smile.

Did You Know?

Crowns are very durable and last about 10-15 years. Caring for your crown is the same as you care for your natural teeth  –  regular brushing and flossing.

How Crowns are Inserted

Inserting a crown occurs over 2-3 office visits.

An illustration of the dental crown procedure

First, you will be given a local anesthetic so you will not feel any discomfort.  Then tooth will be reshaped.  The enamel of the tooth will be prepped to insure a proper fit when the permanent crown is seated over the tooth.  After the tooth has been properly shaped, we will take a mold of the tooth we are treating and the surrounding teeth. This mold is the guide the dental lab uses to create your new crown, guaranteeing a perfect, natural fit. Before leaving, we fit you with a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

A dental crown illustrationThere is an art to the creation of a crown, which is why it may take 2-3 weeks for us to receive your completed, permanent crown.

For the permanent placement of your crown, you will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area. We will then place the tooth with cement.  And when you look in the mirror, you’ll see a beautifully restored, natural looking tooth.

Contact us to see if a crown is the right solution to restore and protect your smile.