Since millions of people have dental crowns, it’s possible that you have one or two of your own. Dentists use these dental restorations to protect a damaged tooth and restore its strength, function, and appearance.
Your Kingsport, TN dentist offers dental crowns in several different materials including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and gold.
4 Steps to a New Dental Crown
If you’ve ever gotten a dental crown, you’re generally familiar with the process. But what’s happening behind the scenes while you’re waiting patiently in the dental chair?
Step 1 – Prepare the Tooth
Since a crown adds bulk to the damaged tooth, we need to remove and reshape some of your tooth structure that allows it to fit correctly.
Step 2 – Take Impressions
Once your tooth is prepared, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and use them to create a model that will, in turn, be used to fabricate your new crown. Your dentist will select the shade of the material for the restoration so that it blends naturally with surrounding teeth. We send these specifications to a custom dental lab where they fabricate your final crown.
Step 3 – Place a Temporary Crown
Before you leave our dental office, your Kingsport dentist will create a temporary crown for you to wear until your new restoration is ready.
Step 4 – Place Your Final Crown
You will return to your dentist’s office in about two weeks when your new crown is ready. Your dentist removes your temporary and adjusts your new tooth crown so that it fits properly, then checks to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your bite. The final step is to polish the crown and cement it onto the prepared tooth.
Please Call Us to Get Started
If your tooth is damaged and you’re considering dental crowns in Kingsport, TN, please call Hagan Dentistry for a consultation. We will be happy to arrange an appointment so you can meet with Dr. Andrew Hagan and discuss your needs.