If you’ve never had a crown until now, then you’re probably wondering what to expect. Dental crown placement is a very routine procedure. It’s a very safe process, and with attention to detail your dentist can make your treatment a success.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown replaces the outer layer of a tooth. The damaged portion of the tooth is removed and replaced with a strong solid piece of material such as porcelain or gold.
A crown restores the shape and strength of your tooth so that you can have a healthy bite. There’s nothing as good as retaining your natural tooth, so it’s worth the effort to save it!
Before Prepping the Tooth
Updated x-rays and a dental exam will help you determine what happened to tooth, how extensive the damage is, and whether the root or nerve chamber was damaged at all. The treatment plan considers how many teeth need crowns and what each tooth needs.
Receiving Your Crown
When it’s time to work on your tooth, the area round it will be thoroughly numbed. The decayed or fractured part of the tooth is carefully removed and the healthy enamel is reshaped. After that, your dentist will take an impression and/or scan of the prepared and neighboring teeth.
Next, you’ll get a temporary cap to protect your tooth while you wait for a lab to finish designing your permanent crown. A few weeks later, the dentist will take off the temporary crown and cement the permanent one in place. Bite tests and x-rays are taken to ensure that your treatment was successful.
Think you might need a crown? If you have a tooth that’s bothering you, contact your dentist to schedule an exam.
Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
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