As time passes our teeth begin to weaken and gradually become more vulnerable to issues such as stains, chips, or discoloration. If you believe your smile could be better, dental crowns can help you restore your smile. If Dr. Lavrisa notices a tooth is decayed or seems weakened, dental crowns may be necessary to make sure that there won’t be additional problems with the tooth. In some cases a filling or bonding may not be the best solution.
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Dental Crowns can be created from porcelain or from porcelain that is fused to metal. However, a full porcelain crown is typically the best because it’s matched directly to the shade of your other teeth. This allows it to blend in and appear natural.
Dental Crown Process
The whole process of installing a crown takes two to three appointments at our offices. On the initial visit, the tooth is reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown may be placed on top of it. You’ll be given a local anesthetic prior to this part of the procedure so you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold is then taken of that tooth as well as the surrounding teeth. This mold will be delivered to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
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The crown takes about two to three weeks to be returned to our office. At this time you will be scheduled for another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You may be administered a local anesthetic to numb the area. The tooth will be placed using dental cement so that the tooth remains in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are long lasting and will usually last about 10-15 years. It is best to care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.