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A winning smile bolsters self-confidence and plays to your favor in business and social settings. If you have a tooth that is suffering from discoloration, tooth decay, chips, or other cosmetic imperfections, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life. In an instance like this, Dr. Laurin Cardwell might recommend cosmetically enhancing the tooth with a porcelain dental crown.

Your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure that the core of the tooth is healthy and strong.

Your dentist will then numb the area with Novocain before using a drill to remove all of the existing tooth enamel. This leaves behind the dentin core of the tooth, which will serve as an abutment that will eventually anchor your crown.

Then, she will make an impression of the area before securing a temporary crown in place over the abutment. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be produced.

We will call you to schedule the second appointment when your new crown is ready. During this session, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and use a strong dental adhesive to cement the porcelain crown onto the abutment.

If you would like to know more about porcelain dental crowns in Sylva, North Carolina, you should call 828-631-3567 to schedule an appointment at Cardwell Family Dentistry.