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Crowns Specialist

Brighter Smiles Family Dental

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lebanon, PA

Crowns cover your whole tooth after significant decay or damage and can also combine with dental implants to replace lost teeth. At Brighter Smiles Family Dental in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Elaine Hoppes-Goroshko, DDS, and the dedicated dental care specialists create customized crown replacement plans to give you healthy-looking and functional teeth again. Use online booking or call the office to book your consultation now.

Crowns Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are tooth restorations that fit over your natural tooth. A crown covers all visible parts of your tooth, restoring both appearance and function. Brighter Smiles Family Dental offers porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and gold crowns. 

When do I need crowns?

Your Brighter Smiles Family Dental provider might recommend a crown for any of the following reasons.

  • Severe tooth discoloration
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Post-root canal tooth reinforcement
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Worn teeth
  • Tooth replacement, as part of a dental implant

Crowns can go on any tooth, but they're usually placed on the teeth in the back of your mouth. For milder damage, such as chips in your front teeth, the Brighter Smiles Family Dental team might recommend veneers instead. Veneers cover only the front of the tooth, and they're generally used more for cosmetic dentistry than for functional restorations. 

What is the crown treatment process?

The crown process can vary depending on whether you're getting the crown to restore a natural tooth or to serve as a replacement tooth. 

Crowns for tooth restoration

Your provider starts by numbing your tooth. Brighter Smiles Family Dental uses a state-of-the-art computer regulated anesthesia delivery tool, The Wand®, to ensure a painless numbing experience. The Wand allows your provider to numb only the affected tooth, so you'll be completely comfortable during treatment and won't have a numb mouth for hours afterward. 

Once you're numb, your provider removes the decayed portion of your tooth. Then, they gently prepare the outer layer of your tooth to hold the crown by removing a thin layer of enamel. At that time, your provider captures a detailed impression of your tooth. 

A high-tech dental lab then uses that impression to make your new crown. Until your crown is ready, you'll wear a temporary crown that's made on-site at Brighter Smiles Family Dental. 

Crowns for tooth replacement

If you need a dental implant for tooth replacement, your Brighter Smiles Family Dental provider typically takes impressions of your mouth for a permanent crown after the implant post heals fully.

This process usually takes at least a few months, so you'll usually wear a temporary crown in the interim. Once your permanent crown is ready, your care provider attaches it securely to the titanium tooth root. 

Whether your crown is a tooth cover or a tooth replacement, the Brighter Smiles Family Dental team makes sure that it’s beautiful and functional.

Book your appointment at Brighter Smiles Family Dental by phone or through the online scheduler today.