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8

What Happens Before You Cap a Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

“Capping” a tooth is a little more involved than slipping a metal or porcelain cover over the top of it. Here’s what goes on behind the scenes to prepare your tooth for a dental crown:

Treatment Planning

No treatment is any good unless it’s based on accurate and current x-rays. Your dentist needs an x-ray or two of the tooth in order to see just how much damage is there.

In the planning phase, you and your dentist will talk about how the crown should fit. You’ll also consider these questions before selecting a dental cap: Do you grind your teeth? Will the crown support a bridge? Do you prefer a metal or white restoration?

The Preparation

When the planning is all done, your dentist will schedule an appointment to prep your tooth. This is when he or she trims away the damaged part of the structure. Next, a scan or mold is taken of what’s left, and use to record and design the new crown.

You’ll probably get a temporary cap to wear while you wait on the final product. When it arrives, the crown gets cemented into placed and checked for a secure and comfortable fit.

What You Should Do

A dental crown could save your smile. If you notice things in your tooth like:

  • A fracture or large chip
  • A large cavity
  • Unusual sensitivity
  • Pain

Then you should schedule a visit to your dentist. It’s never safe to conclude that you’ll only need a filling! To find out for sure whether or not your tooth needs treatment, you’ll need a dental professional’s opinion. Call your dentist to see if a crown is the answer.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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