What is the Process for Getting a Tooth Crown?
As a crown is designed to perfectly fit over the existing tooth, it needs to be performed by your local dentist accurately and professionally. That means that there are two visits involved when getting a crown.
During the first visit at Friendly Dentistry, we will numb the tooth and the tissues surrounding it with a local anesthetic. Next, your tooth will be reduced in order to make room for the crown and to ensure it fits properly. However, if there is a part of the tooth missing (either from damage or decay), then a filling will have to be placed in order to reshape the tooth so that it supports the crown.
Once the tooth is the correct shape, a putty is put onto the tooth in order to make an impression of the top and bottom arches. The impression is then sent off to a lab along with your x-rays in order to have the crown created. A temporary crown one is put in place before you leave.
There are different crown types that your dentist can help you choose between during your procedure. A ceramic crown or porcelain fused to metal crown are two of the most popular types as they are able to endure wear over time and are able to replicate the color of the teeth and bone surrounding it – so it’s fits right in without jarring from your appearance!
For your temporary crown, it’s best to avoid sticky foods that could dislodge it. It’s also suggested that you take care when eating hard foods and flossing around that particular tooth.
During your second visit, the permanent crown will be put into place (if you have had a root canal in the past, a different procedure may be used). If your dentist is using a porcelain crown, then they will have selected a color that best matches the surrounding teeth. If the color matches and all is well the new crown will be put into place.
Once the permanent crown has been cemented down, the dentist will check your bite. Although the dental laboratory made the crown with your exact specifications in mind, it is essential to make sure the crown fits securely and in line with your bite. As the permanent cement begins to set, the dentist can make any last minute minor adjustments to ensure your bite is sitting perfectly.