Kenneth L.Westbrook, DDS, PA | Crowns in Morehead City

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Kenneth L. Westbrook, DDS, P. A.
252-726-5778

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and based off the Strong Recommendations from the ADA (American Dental Association) and the NC State Dental Board we will be rescheduling all non-emergent appointments beginning Today, March 17th-March 27th. As of now we will be available from 8am-12pm Tuesday-Thursday for emergency appointments only or on a day to day basis. We will also be working with limited staff during this time. If you have an emergency please call our office at 252-726-5778 and we will schedule you at a time during these hours, so that we can minimize the number of patients we see as well as the number of patients in our waiting room. Again, please call before visiting our office to ensure you can be seen during these times. Should you have an appointment after this date and our office is going to be closed longer a member of our staff will contact you.

We recommend any elderly patients or those with underlying health conditions reschedule their appointments for a later date.

We ask that you DO NOT visit our office for ANY reason if you or a family member (including caregivers) has experienced fever, a persistent cough, or other flu-like symptoms within the last two weeks. You can call our office and we will be happy to guide you as to what to do or when/if we can see you.

The health of our patients, our families, and our staff are our top priority. We will continue to keep a close eye on all recommendations made in the weeks to come.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns. If we are unavailable please leave a message and we will return your call in a timely manner. We also will have an emergency call system in place to assist you in case of an after hours emergency. Just call our office and follow the prompts.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. This is new territory for us all, but we promise to do all we can to be here for our patients as well as help keep our community safe.

General Family Dentistry 

3708 Symi Circle

Morehead City, NC

 


Crowns
Kenneth L.Westbrook, DDS, PA in Morehead City NC

Crowns

Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.

The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.


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