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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration used in a variety of treatments to replace lost tooth structure. We offer crowns crafted from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and natural-looking all-ceramic. The crown is placed completely over the top of a damaged tooth where it serves two main functions – to replace lost dental structure and protect the tooth from further damage. Dental crowns can also be used to support a fixed bridge tooth replacement prosthetic. To find out more about dental crowns, contact La Plata Dental to schedule an appointment.

Why Would I need a Dental Crown?

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Some of the most common reasons we encourage patients to receive dental crowns include:

  • Severe decay or damage that makes repair with a filling impossible
  • To protect a root canal treated tooth
  • To improve the appearance of cosmetically flawed teeth
  • To replace a single missing tooth when connected to a dental implant
  • To support a fixed bridge tooth replacement

How are Dental Crowns Placed?

Dental crown on table top

Traditional dental crowns are placed over the course of two appointments in our office. For more advanced tooth replacement or root canal restoration, the process may take more visits. Typically, we begin by numbing the area around the tooth to be treated. Then, we remove any damaged structures. Once the tooth is prepared, we capture bite impressions that will be used by our dental lab to create the custom crown. Before you leave the office, we place a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. Once we receive your custom restoration from the lab, you’ll schedule the second appointment. This visit is much shorter. We simply remove the temporary and replace it with the flawlessly crafted custom crown.

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