Restore your smile at Hawkins Family Dental
Porcelain dental crowns or caps are a routine procedure for your Midlothian, Virginia dental team. Crowns can serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Most people need crowns to solve the following issues:
- Protecting soft or weakened teeth
- Supporting decayed or damaged teeth that have extensive fillings
- Anchoring bridgework
- Restoring the appearance of misshapen, chipped, or discolored teeth
- Covering a dental implant
- Rebuilding a tooth after a root canal
- Creating a healthy bite
What is it like to get a crown?
Dr. Hawkins or Dr. Harmon will first provide a local anesthetic to numb the area before preparing your tooth for its crown. You will then have impressions taken and the tooth or teeth will be prepared (shaped). Reshaping may involve minor filing, or it could mean the damaged area is removed. The amount of your natural tooth that must be prepared depends on the type of crown you’re getting and the reason for the restoration.
If you are getting CEREC same-day porcelain crowns, you will then have your natural tooth prepared and the final crown placed. If not, you may receive a temporary crown until your final crown is ready for placement.
If you go home with a temporary crown, it is important to:
- Chew on the other side of your mouth
- Avoid caramel, toffee, and other sticky foods that could loosen the dental work
- Slide floss from between the crowned tooth/teeth instead of lifting it free
Why porcelain crowns?
Porcelain crowns are a natural looking dental restoration that is nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They are also strong and wear at the same rate as natural teeth.
Maintaining your dental crown
You must care for a dental crown just like you care for your natural teeth. Brush, floss, and have regular check-ups at Hawkins Family Dentistry.
If you are worried about the cost of a porcelain dental crown, know that we offer credit options to assist you in the payment process. Don’t let a damaged tooth go untreated. Give us a call today at 804-897-9800 or schedule an appointment online.