So, you need a crown?
You’re probably here because you were told about dental crowns and you wonder how on earth a crown winds up comfortably fitting on a tooth. Having a custom crown made and placed is not as scary as it may sound. In fact, they are intended to save your tooth and improve your smile for years to come.
Preparing the Tooth
To fit the crown, a tooth naturally needs to have some of its outer layer removed. This is typically done to remove large parts of the tooth that have been damaged by fracture or decay.
Designing the Crown
After the dentist carefully drills away the unnecessary tooth material (you will be numbed for this!), an impression is taken of the prepared tooth and its neighbors. This mold is often sent off to a dental laboratory, which crafts the crown out of the material you and your dentist agreed upon.
Fitting the Crown
Your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown if you had to wait for your permanent one to arrive. At the fitting appointment, this temporary will be removed.
After checking the crown for a good fit, it will be cemented in place. Again, this will probably be a much smoother appointment with the help of some anesthesia! Your dentist will check the fit again and make sure that there is no excess cement.
That’s about it! Dental crowns are very routine restorations. They may be chosen to reinforce a tooth after a root canal or to replace large old fillings. A crown is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of! Contact your dentist for more information on how dental crowns are provided in your area.
Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
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