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A tooth that has been marred by discoloration, stains or chips can leave you feeling socially awkward. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune, can often use a porcelain dental crown to cosmetically improve the tooth’s appearance.

The process of placing a dental crown in Hampton, Virginia, starts with your dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth are healthy and strong.

Your dentist will then numb the area with Novocain before using a drill to remove all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post called an abutment, which will eventually anchor your new crown.

An impression will then be made of the area before a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment. The impression will then be sent to our dental lab where your porcelain crown is custom made.

One of our staff members will call you to schedule the second appointment when your new crown is ready. Your dentist will then remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place.

If you are concerned about the appearance of a tooth in your smile, you should call Barry LeJeune, DDS at (757) 827-9114 to ask about a porcelain dental crown.