You may have been told that you need to have a tooth capped or crowned. Generally, teeth have crowns placed on them because they have decay or deterioration. In some cases, crowns are placed when the tooth is badly discolored. Placing a crown on a tooth allows for teeth to be repaired.
After any necessary dental procedures have been performed, the dentist will first clean around your gum line with a piece of thick dental floss. This will allow the gum to be pushed down and a good imprint of the tooth made. Next, a mold of the tooth itself will be made.
During the molding process, a bit of soft, formable rubber-like substance will be placed in your mouth. This substance has the texture of smooth putty. You will be asked to ‘bite down’ and the mold will form around your tooth. This allows for a complete tooth repair, and the crown is an accurate fit for your mouth. Try not to move, sneeze, or cough (if possible) during this time.
If you have any discomfort, let your dentist or his assistant know. Having the mold made should not hurt, but may require you to keep your mouth open for several minutes. Sometimes, a piece of rubber is placed in your mouth to keep saliva from dripping into the mold.
The mold will then be sent to a professional for creation of the crown. You will return to the dentist in a few weeks to have the new crown placed.
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