Welcome to the office of Dr. Mark Andrews. If you’re looking to enhance or completely transform your smile, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Andrews is committed to providing each patient with the highest level of dentistry and customer service.
Throughout his career, Dr. Andrews has made it his mission to provide the highest level of care and service to his patients. Because he is a perfectionist, Dr. Andrews always displays unfailing attention to detail while performing techniques that are supported by the best clinical research.
Dr. Andrews and his staff are committed to producing long-lasting, beautiful, natural-looking results.
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Have you been told that you need to have a crown on one of your teeth? A dental crown is a tooth-shaped piece of porcelain or metal that fits perfectly in your mouth. You might wonder about the process for getting your natural tooth prepared and the crown placed permanently in your mouth. Here are the facts you need to know.
Usually the first step toward having a dental crown made is to have impressions taken. The dental lab will need to know exactly how your teeth fit together so that your new crown will fit perfectly. Your dentist will have you bite into a soft, putty-like material for up to one minute. The material will harden around your teeth (don’t worry; it’s flexible!) so that when you open your mouth, what’s left will be a perfect impression of your teeth in their natural positions. This will be sent off to the dental lab so your crown fits into position once it’s made.
The next part of having your crown made is to prep the tooth. Your dentist will file away part of your tooth to create a smooth surface for the new crown to adhere to. Depending on the state of your tooth, you might or might not need anesthetic. If you’ve previously had a root canal in that tooth, your dentist might give you the option to go without. Either way, this should be a painless procedure. At the end of the prep appointment, another impression will be taken for the lab and a temporary crown will be placed to give you something to bite on while your new crown is being fabricated at the lab.
Your dentist will let you know how long it will take to make the crown. Once it’s in, your temporary crown will be removed and the final crown will be placed permanently. This is a quick and easy appointment most of the time; you won’t need any anesthetic. Once your new crown is placed, you’ll be ready to treat it like any other tooth in your mouth.
If you have questions about your upcoming appointment to prepare for a dental crown, please give our office a call so we can answer them.