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Porcelain crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that we place over your tooth. Crowns are used to restore shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance of a traumatized tooth.

The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth. Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits.

On the first visit we may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone. Once we know everything is ready to go we will begin by anesthetizing (numb) the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth. We then reshape along the chewing surface and sides to make room for your new crown. Once your tooth has been reshaped we will make an impression to send of to the dental lab. We then will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made.

Within two to three weeks the crown is returned from the dental lab to Love Smiles Dentistry. We will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything looks good, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and your new crown will be permanently cemented into place.

If you are missing a tooth we strongly reccomend a crown. Besides disadvantageto the over all look of your smile, there are structural and health challenges to your mouth and jaw. Contat Love Smiles Dentistry today and learn to love your smile again.

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