Chips, deep stains and past dental work on one or more of the teeth in your smile, can often leave you feeling self-conscious. Many people in a situation like this will call Dr. Scott Elrod to explore their cosmetic restoration options. Sometimes a single tooth can be restored with a porcelain crown while other teeth in your smile merely need dental veneers.
A cosmetic restoration crown basically replaces the enamel layer of a tooth with porcelain or porcelain fused to a metal core. The porcelain material can be shaded to match your existing teeth or the bright white shade of your dental veneers.
During the initial appointment Dr. Scott Elrod will examine the tooth, to assess its overall health and extent of any existing decay. If damage or decay extends beyond the enamel layer, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to provide enough healthy structure to anchor a crown.
Dr. Scott Elrod will create an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount to protect the interior of the tooth. Later on this abutment, will anchor your new crown.
Dr. Scott Elrod will then form an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab, where your new crown is made. Then he will cement a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it while you wait for the dental lab to complete your permanent crown.
Dr. Scott Elrod will call you in for a brief follow up appointment when your permanent crown is back from the lab. 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 Dr. Scott Elrod at 979-297-0337 to schedule an appointment.