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If one or more of your teeth have been marred by chips, deep stains, or other imperfections, it can leave you with a less than appealing smile. In a situation like this, many people will consult Crossroads Dental to explore their cosmetic restoration options. One effective solution to improve a single tooth’s cosmetic appeal is to have it restored with a porcelain crown.

The first step in restoring the cosmetic appearance of the tooth involves a dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are healthy and sound.

The dentist will then numb the area before removing the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post known as an abutment, which will later serve to anchor your new crown.

Dr. Carol Halloran will then form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. A hard plastic temporary crown is secured over top of the abutment to protect it. The impression will then be sent to out dental lab where your new crown is produced.

When your new crown is ready, we will call you back in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.

If you have a tooth that needs cosmetic restoration and you would like to have it fit with a crown, you should call Crossroads Dental at 319.291.3908 to set up a consultation.