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Here at Stephens City Family Dentistry, Dr. Young Lim D.D.S. understands how important your smile’s appearance is for your self-esteem. When a chip or cavity alters the appearance of a tooth in your smile, there are a few different options he might suggest to cosmetically restore your smile.

Fitting your tooth with a dental veneer might be a viable option if you are generally displeased with the appearance of your smile. However, if only a single tooth is the issue, he might repair it with a composite filling. This is a special dental-grade plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel.

For a single tooth that has been significantly affected, your dentist might recommend a porcelain dental crown. This cosmetic restoration can fully replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental-grade porcelain that can be shaded a gleaming white color. This might also be a good time to consider a dental bleaching treatment to maximize the overall luster of your smile.

When it’s time to restore the tooth, your dentist will start by examining the tooth to assess its overall health. Your dentist will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind an abutment made from the tooth’s dentin layer. This will eventually anchor the porcelain crown with the same integrity as the original tooth.

We will create a detailed impression of the abutment, the neighboring teeth, as well as your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be prepared. A temporary crown will be placed over the abutment to keep it safe while you wait for the dental lab technician to complete your new crown.

We will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment to cement the porcelain crown in place with a strong dental adhesive. This will restore the function and appearance of the tooth for many years ahead.

If you live in the Stephens City, Virginia, area and you are struggling to deal with an unappealing smile, you should call 540-869-2600 to explore your cosmetic dental options at Stephens City Family Dentistry.