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Dental Crowns – Harrisonburg, VA

A Way to Smile Confidently Again

Overall, it’s not hard for teeth to decay or get hurt. Simple things – poor brushing, accidents, etc. – can greatly harm them. That said, these facts don’t mean you have to live with busted chompers. There’s always the option of dental crowns in Harrisonburg! With our skilled dentists’ help, this procedure gives your teeth a royal treatment. Just keep reading to learn more about it, or book a visit with us in the coming days.

What is a Dental Crown?

In essence, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration. This “cap” fits snugly over and covers a damaged pearly white. Once placed, it protects the tooth and restores the latter’s function and looks. (Our own office uses crowns made of high-quality dental porcelain.)

Given how crowns work, good candidates for them have one (or more) of the following:

  • A tooth is cracked or broken
  • An old silver filling has damaged a tooth
  • One or more teeth have become worn down due to bruxism
  • Cavities that can’t be fixed with fillings
  • A tooth has undergone root canal therapy

Of course, you should consult our dentists before you decide anything. They’ll conduct an oral exam and assess your tooth (or teeth). That way, they’ll see whether the dental crown(s) suits you.

The Dental Crown Process

A lab worker making dental crowns

A regular crown procedure takes two dental visits. For the first, our dentists will “prep” your tooth for its restoration. You’ll receive your final crown at the second visit.

With the first visit, our team preps your tooth for its crown. Doing so means shaving off bits of the enamel layer. (That way, the crown will fit well.) Next, we’ll make an impression of the prepped tooth. A dental lab will use the resulting model to craft your crown. During that crafting, though, you’ll wear a temporary restoration.

You’ll attend the second visit when your crown is ready. Placing the cap won’t take long, nor will it involve sedation. Our dentists will just make last-minute changes to ensure a good fit. Lastly, they’ll polish the crown once it’s fully in place. You’ll then be ready to enjoy your restored smile!

All that said, it’s possible to skip the two-visit process. Our office offers CEREC® same-day crowns as well. Using the CEREC system, we can make these caps in just one visit.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

If left unchecked, your damaged tooth will cause various oral issues. A dental crown, though, helps you avoid these problems with its perks. Such benefits include:

  • A Lifelike Grin – Since our dental crowns use porcelain, they’re tooth-colored and lifelike. They’ll blend seamlessly with your smile.
  • Tooth Protection – Today, porcelain dental crowns are quite durable. They’ll protect your teeth from bacteria, so you won’t need root canals or tooth extractions.
  • Versatile Effects – By covering the whole tooth, a dental crown can fix several oral problems. These range from cavities and tooth chips to even fractures!
  • Long-Lasting Results – A dental crown can last over 15 years if you care for it well. So, brush, floss, and see your dentist often!