Dental Crowns

Why would I need a crown?

There are many reasons why you may need to have a dental crown placed on your teeth, including the following:

  • To make an aesthetic modification
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover up discolored or misshapen teeth
  • To protect a weak or cracked tooth from breaking altogether
  • To restore a tooth that has been broken or worn down

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What should I expect during the procedure?

Next, Dr. Lopez will anesthetize the tooth and the soft tissues surrounding it. Once you’re nice and numb, the tooth will be filed down on the top surface and the sides, in order to make room for the crown to fit over top. After this has been done, an impression will be made of the tooth and then sent to a dental lab where a crown will be made based on the impression. In the meantime, you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown, which protects your tooth until your permanent crownis ready.

At the second visit, usually two to three weeks after the first appointment, Dr. Lopez will remove the temporary crown and check the fit of the permanent crown. A local anesthetic will again be used to numb the tooth and then the permanent crown is cemented in place.

Please call or visit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in order to set up an appointment for your dental crown!