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Choosing a dentist for your family's care is a big step, and we know you probably have a lot of questions about our office, dental care, and your own health in particular.
We've taken the time to collect some of the questions we hear most often. See if your question is answered here! If not – or if you'd like more information – give us a call or send us an email using the convenient online form on our contact page.
Crowns and Bridges
No matter how good we take care of our teeth and gums, sometimes a tooth becomes damaged or weakened. In order to retain your natural existing teeth, your Poipu dentist may recommend a dental crown in order to strengthen and protect them.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a dental prosthetic that covers every surface of your tooth, like a cap. Patients who have a large filling that creates a weak spot in the tooth can use a dental crown to seal the cavity and stabilize the tooth. Dental crowns can also cover badly stained teeth, abnormally shaped teeth, and chipped or cracked teeth.
No matter why patients decide to invest in a dental crown, they all receive the benefit of a newly restored and enhanced smile.
What Does the Dental Crown Procedure Look Like?
Typically, the entire procedure takes two trips to the Kalaheo Dental Group. During your first trip, Dr. Michael Lutwin, Dr. Kelliann Rita, or Dr. Robert Stebbins will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental crown.
Your dentist will then prepare your tooth and take a digital scan of it so that it can be sent to a special dental lab to fabricate your tooth crown from tooth-colored dental materials. At this time, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent dental crown to be created.
It can take two or more weeks for the dental lab to complete your new dental crown, at which point you can come back to have it placed and bonded. Once your dentist is happy that it fits snugly and comfortably during smiling, talking, biting down, and chewing, they will adhere the crown to your tooth permanently.
Using a Dental Crown to Improve Your Appearance
Many of our Poipu, HI patients look to tooth crowns to enhance the following:
- Cover yellow and severely stained teeth
- Restore an obviously damaged tooth
- Fix an oddly shaped tooth
- Elongate stubby teeth
Are You Interested in Dental Crowns?
If you think dental crowns could restore your bite, smile, and quality of life, please give our Poipu dental office a call at (808) 332-9445 today or arrange a dental crown appointment online.
Strengthen and Protect Your Teeth
Dental crowns at Kalaheo Dental Group are a prosthetic that we use on a tooth that has been weakened by decay. If we don’t protect the tooth, the damage will get worse and lead to discomfort and possible loss of the tooth.
A crown is designed like a little helmet that holds the tooth together and redistributes the stress evenly throughout its structure. After your crown is placed, it restores strength, appearance, and your ability to chew and eat comfortably.
There are several reasons why we may recommend a crown:
- Strengthen and protect cracked, broken, or worn teeth
- Improve the appearance of misshapen or poorly proportioned teeth
- Protect tooth structure after root canal treatment
- Restore a tooth that already has a large filling
Placing a Crown
Placing a crown is a straightforward process that takes place over two or three visits. First, we prepare the tooth, then take impressions that we use to create a model. The model is used to design your new crown and create a temporary to wear while your restoration is fabricated at a custom lab. When your crown is ready, you will return to our office to have the temporary removed, and the final crown checked for fit and comfort and cemented in place.
If you are considering dental crowns in Kauai, please call our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Lutwin, Dr. Quade, or Dr. Rita.