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Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your naturalteeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Dr. Allison House is a true professional. She is extremely smart, kind, and most important, she knows her craft. I trust her completely to take care of my teeth. All my children see her and they absolutely love her.
AnitaHouse Dental Patient
My compliments to you for assembling such a competent and professional staff. Everyone I met made every effort to make me feel comfortable and cared for. I especially appreciated my time with you-you’re way better than my last dentist.
HarryHouse Dental Patient
Thank you very much for your kind efforts in making my smile beautiful for my wedding day. Your kindness means so much to me and my teeth look and feel so much better! Again thank you.
DaniHouse Dental Patient
Thank you so much for your tender loving care — you have no idea how much I appreciate you.
CamilleHouse Dental Patient
Thanks so much for agreeing to treat me for my TMD! I only wish I had come in to see you before. You are the best dentist I have ever been to and I want you to know I really appreciate it! You are a great dentist and a wonderful person. Thanks!
AlliHouse Dental Patient
Thanks for my beautiful smile. Everyone there has been wonderful! Your the best.
TeresaHouse Dental Patient
Thank you for helping me when I was stressed about getting a filling. I did not want to do it because I thought it would hurt alot. I am glad I did not have to be numb because it always gets itchy and then you can’t itch it.
David (age 8)House Dental Patient
Thank you for replacing my bridge. You did such a nice job. You do quality work and are very conscientious.
WendyHouse Dental Patient
I just wanted you to know my new denture is great! You did a great job and I feel much better with them.
CindyHouse Dental Patient
I don’t know if I can ever thank you for the help you gave my daughter. You are truly an angel from Heaven. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
MaryAnnHouse Dental Patient
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