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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.

Learn why dental crown treatment is so important for patients at our Plymouth, NH, dental practice...

Watch How a Traditional Dental Crown Is Placed

Breakage, decay, and discolored enamel are easily repaired with a porcelain dental crown.

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Kay Stuart


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I have nothing but good things to say about the wonderful staff at Plymouth General Dentistry. They go above and beyond to provide professional and compassionate care. I really like that they told me everything that they were doing and asked repeatedly if I was doing alright. This is the best Dental practice I have been to and I would not consider going anywhere else for my dental care.

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Shawn Boisvert


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I had my teeth cleaned today by Bailey and she did such a great job. I’ve had cleanings done by other dentist offices and left with me gums throbbing but not today. My teeth & gums feel great and nice & clean. Thank you Bailey for the great cleaning! Also, Dr. Joan is awesome! She examines your teeth and tells you the truth on what to do or not to do. Best dentist I’ve been to! Thanks again guys for the great service.

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The Dental Crown Timeline


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 dentistry 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 enamel to make room for your crown. 


Once your tooth is prepped, Dr. Kirschner will take highly 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 it is not 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 office 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

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A tooth-colored porcelain crown repairs structural and cosmetic damage and blends in seamlessly with your smile. For the most natural-looking results, trust Dr. Kirschner at Plymouth General Dentistry. 

Implant-Supported Crowns

Patients can also restore a missing tooth at our Plymouth practice with an implant-supported crown. When you choose this option, we will coordinate with a local oral surgeon 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.

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Dental Crown Treatment Costs

If you are getting a dental crown for health reasons, your insurance will likely pay for treatment to some extent. Our Plymouth dental office accepts many types of insurance and can coordinate directly with your provider to get you the most coverage. Remaining out-of-pocket expenses can be managed on most budgets with flexible financing through CareCredit®.

Maintaining Your Dental Crown

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

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.

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Molly Connor


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Coming from someone who is typically terrified of dental work, Plymouth General Dentistry is hands down the best dental experience I've ever had. They are so friendly and professional and honestly just delightful to work with. They go above and beyond to make their patients feel comfortable and at ease with any and all procedures you may need. I've never had an unpleasant appointment- even when I've had fillings or when I got my crown. I rave to all my local friends about how wonderful and professional they are and highly recommend their business to anyone looking for dental work! Before going to PGD, I used to DREAD dentist appointments, but now I actually look forward to seeing them when I get my cleanings done!

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Kathy Cipriani


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I love my dentist! Dr. Joan Kirschner is one amazing woman! I was blessed to not only find such a knowledgeable dentist, but the kindest soul I have ever met. She is honestly a part of my family. She has helped me out in these tough times, without a blink of an eye. I don’t have the words to describe how much she means to me and how much I appreciate her. Dr. Kirschner and her team post positive messages everyday! They put a smile on my face, and yes, sometimes I laugh out loud! They are kind, caring and beautiful human beings. FYI, I don’t have any cavities! If you’re in need of a dentist, don’t hesitate to be part of Dr. Kirschner’s family!

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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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