Dental Crowns

Restoring Smiles With Dental Crowns in New Orleans

thumbs up from dental patientLife can wreak all sorts of havoc on our teeth, causing decay, infections, extra wear and tear, and more. If you have a tooth that’s suffering, you don’t have to live with the inconvenience and pain that come with an unhealthy smile. When you make an appointment and come to see us, Dr. Lesem may recommend that get a dental crown, a custom-made restoration that will get your grin back on track.

What Are Dental Crowns?

dental crowns and mirrorDental crowns in New Orleans are custom-made tooth covers that get placed over a decayed or damaged tooth. Their purpose is to strengthen a weak tooth and protect it from further problems.

These days, many dentists stick to using porcelain as their crown material of choice. That’s because it closely resembles natural teeth, making it possible for patients to enjoy a smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy. However, it is also possible to get a metal crown (made of gold or silver) or one that is porcelain fused to metal. Your dentist in New Orleans will discuss your options with you and explain the cost and pros and cons of each type of crown.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

happy female dental patientDental crowns are a remarkable part of modern dentistry and offer numerous benefits:

How Does a Dentist Place a Crown?

taking dental impressionThere is nothing to be nervous about if you need a dental crown. In fact, the process is usually fairly simple.

First, your dentist will have to prepare the tooth that is going to receive the crown. This may involve filing it down so it is small enough to fit well under its cover. Or, your dentist may need to fill it in with a special material so it’s strong enough to support the crown. Once the tooth is prepped, Dr. Lesem will take an impression of it and send that impression off to a laboratory, which will create your custom restoration.

You’ll wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you’re waiting for your permanent one (it may take two weeks or so before your custom crown is ready). Then, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Lesem can attach the newest part of your smile. She’ll use a special dental cement to make sure it stays in place. Once your appointment is over, you can look forward to many years of having a strong and healthy set of teeth.

 

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