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Dental Crowns

Tooth decay and structural weakness can threaten your oral health and lead to painful and unattractive side-effects.

Dr. Joan Kirschner can repair a wide range of tooth conditions with high-quality, natural-looking dental crowns.

See why Plymouth, NH, patients turn to our dental practice for treatment with dental crowns and much, much more.

See How a Traditional Dental Crown Is Placed

A porcelain dental crown can easily repair breakage, reinforce a tooth after treatment for decay, or conceal discolored enamel.

Real 5-Star Reviews For Our High-Quality Dental Care


Kirsten Clermont

Plymouth, NH


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This was my second visit to Plymouth General Dentistry and I couldn’t be more impressed by the professional and warm atmosphere . Dr K is amazing you can immediately tell she cares about you and wants to make you feel comfortable. Amber was my hygienist she is very thorough and gentle. The front staff are extremely friendly and efficient .

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Julie Kirshneur

Plymouth, NH


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I had moved to this area in 2021 and was in need of a Dentist. So thankful I found Plymouth General Dentistry! I have struggled with teeth issues for years; Dr. K and her staff have been warm and friendly with no judgement. They answer all my questions in a patient, professional manner. I recommend this office to anyone looking for dental services!

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The Dental Crown Timeline

Dental crown placement isn't especially uncomfortable, but you can choose to receive calming sedation to ensure a pain-free and stress-free experience.
Dental crown placement isn't especially uncomfortable, but you can choose to receive calming sedation to ensure a pain-free and stress-free experience.


You will first meet with our dentist for a one-on-one consultation to diagnose your dental problem and discuss your treatment options. If a dental crown is the best solution for you, we will schedule your procedure along with any additional dental care you need to treat your condition. 

Tooth Preparation

At your next appointment, we will start by preparing and cleaning your teeth and gums. This may involve a root canal to remove decay and infection from your tooth's inner chamber. Next, we will reshape the tooth, removing a small amount of enamel to make room for your crown. 


Once your tooth is prepped, Dr. Kirschner will take detailed impressions of your bite. We will send this mold to our trusted off-site laboratory, where professional technicians will craft your custom porcelain restoration. This process usually takes two to three weeks.

Temporary Crown

In the meantime, our dentist will secure a temporary crown to protect your tooth. Be careful with the temporary crown, as won't be quite as strong or well-fitting as your custom-made permanent crown will be. 

Permanent Crown

When your permanent crown is ready, you will return to our Plymouth dental practice for your final visit. We will remove the temporary crown, clean your teeth, and lightly buff the enamel to optimize the bonding strength. Finally, we will secure your crown with dental cement that is cured under UV light. The cement will quickly harden and create a durable bond that can last many years. 

Better Smile, Better Self-Confidence The Difference a Dental Crown Can Make

Dr. Joan Kirschner's patient with a damaged smile before crowns
Dr. Joan Kirschner's patient with an attractive smile after crowns
A tooth-colored porcelain crown repairs structural and cosmetic damage and blends in seamlessly with your smile. For the most natural-looking results, trust your dental care to Dr. Kirschner at Plymouth General Dentistry. 

Implant-Supported Crowns Can Beautifully Replace Missing Teeth

You can also restore a missing tooth with an implant-supported crown. When you choose this option, we will coordinate with an oral surgeon local to Plymouth who will place a dental implant through your gums and into your jawbone. Over a period of several months, the implant will fuse with the bone and become part of your anatomy.

When you are completely healed, Dr. Kirschner can secure a dental crown to the implant. While this process is more complex than traditional treatment, implant dentistry is the only solution that replaces tooth roots and maintains the strength of your jawbone.

dental implant in a jawbone

Will Insurance Cover My Dental Crown?

If you are getting a dental crown for restorative reasons, your insurance will likely pay for treatment to some extent. Purely cosmetic crowns will not be covered. Our Plymouth dental office accepts many types of insurance and can coordinate directly with your provider to get you the most coverage possible. Flexible financing through CareCredit® can help you manage any remaining out-of-pocket expenses.

Maintaining Your Dental Crown

It is possible to maintain your dental crown for well over a decade by following a list of simple instructions provided by Dr. Kirschner.

Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Care for your restoration in a similar manner as your natural teeth by thoroughly brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Remember to pull the dental floss from front to back rather than up and down the sides of your teeth to avoid snagging the edge of your crown. 

Avoid Wear And Tear

While our porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are very strong, they are not indestructible, so refrain from chewing on ice, hard candies, or anything excessively hard. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we may recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and dental crown overnight. 

Visit the Dentist

The best way to maintain your dental crown and natural teeth is to schedule a biannual check-up at our Plymouth practice. If we identify anything wrong with your restoration or your oral health, we can provide a solution as quickly as possible.

"You will be in great hands!" More 5-Star Reviews


John P Clark

Plymouth, NH


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I highly recommend Plymouth General Dentistry. I became a patient in 2021. I neglected my teeth for several years, especially during Covid and needed a great deal of dental work. I am very happy with the care and attention I have received. The quality of work done on my teeth has been outstanding. Additionally, the entire staff is caring, professional and pleasant. I feel very fortunate to be a patient of Plymouth General Dentistry.

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Megan Matula

Plymouth, NH


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I've always been very nervous about dentist visits. Today was my second time at Plymouth General Dentistry, and I was not anxious at all because I knew from the first visit that this place is excellent! The staff are all kind, warm and GENTLE. The office is super clean. Dr. K and her team are wonderful! I HIGHLY recommend this place, especially for people that are nervous to go the dentist. You will be in great hands!

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Joan Kirschner, DDS

Plymouth General Dentistry
Joan Kirschner, DDS

Plymouth General Dentistry is a friendly, patient-focused, privately owned practice. Dr. Joan Kirschner has practiced dentistry since 1983, and she is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The New Hampshire Dental Society

You can request an appointment at our office by contacting us online or calling (603) 536-4301.

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