One of the most-common restoration options are dental crowns. Dental crowns are porcelain “caps” that are placed over your teeth. Drs. Larry and Gary Kennedy can provide you with a seamless crown procedure.

What are dental crowns used for?

When a tooth, or teeth, are weakened as a result of substantial decay or trauma like a crack, Dr. Kennedy will recommend a dental crown in order for the tooth to properly function. Moreover, as an added benefit the crown is attractive and can enhance your smile, too. Additionally, If you are missing teeth, dental crowns can be used to secure a dental bridge. Additionally, If you are missing teeth, dental crowns can be used to secure a dental bridge (a tooth replacement appliance) into place.

When Dr. Kennedy performs a root canal, the final step for this procedure is to have a dental crown placed on top of the natural tooth, again, to restore the function of the tooth. Dental implants, which are posts that are implanted directly into the jaw to replace missing teeth, are also capped off by dental crowns.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

You will need two appointments to fit and place your dental crown. Dental crowns are custom-made so they will blend in with the color of your natural teeth. At your first visit, we will remove any decay and shape your tooth. The Kennedy Dental team will take great care to design a custom color and sized dental crown to match your other teeth and properly fit your bite and smile. While the lab makes the crown according to our specifications, you will be equipped with a temporary crown to wear until it is ready.

On the next visit, we will remove the temporary crown and then adjust for the final one. The permanent crown will be cemented into place.

How long does a dental crown last?

Dental crowns can last for years if they are cared for properly. The good news is, all you have to do to take care of your crown is practice good oral hygiene. Make sure you are brushing, flossing, and using a fluoride mouth rinse if possible. We will monitor your crown when you come in for preventative cleanings and appointments.

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