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At Richard Healy DDS, Dr. Richard Healy understands that your smile’s appearance can have a serious impact on your self-esteem. When your teeth are affected by a large chip, mismatched or old filling, or unsightly discoloration in the tooth enamel, it can leave you feeling socially awkward.

One of the most effective methods for improving the appearance of a tooth in this condition is to cosmetically restore it with a porcelain dental crown. This will replace the entire affected tooth enamel layer with a replica that is cast in a dental-grade porcelain material.

To start the dental restoration process, your dentist will examine the tooth and take some X-rays. It’s important to make sure there are no cavities or other issues with the tooth.

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

Our specialists will then 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.

A follow-up appointment will be needed when your new crown is ready. Your dentist will then remove the temporary crown before cementing the final crown in place with a special dental adhesive.

If you are struggling with an unappealing tooth in your smile and you live in Santa Maria, California, you should call 805-928-3928 to explore your cosmetic restoration options at Richard Healy DDS.