Know the Crown: Dental Crown Procedure Explained
Having broken, discolored, or weak tooth does not only hurt your gums and jaws, it may also cause psychological stress due to its appearance. Thankfully, those problems are easily solved by a dental crown procedure. It’s the procedure you need for a good looking and healthy smile.
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic devices cemented onto your real teeth or implants. They are commonly used to entirely cover a damaged tooth or implant. They can serve as filling for tooth, protection for weak tooth, cover for a dental implant, attachment for a dental bridge and many more.
A dental crown procedure is a popular choice in dental clinics everywhere so you won’t have trouble finding a clinic that can provide you the service. What you do need to know is that this procedure is painless but takes time to complete.
The amount of time and the procedures involved in the two visits you’ll make are essential. Here’s a step by step procedure to break the whole process down for you.
This will involve tooth preparation, tooth impression taking, and temporary crown placement. Each procedure may take an average of an hour and a half.
- The dentist will anesthetize both your tooth and the gums around it. (Not needed if you had root canal)
- Your tooth’s structure will be reduced to achieve the minimum required thickness for the crowns. This ensures your crown gets the proper strength and life-like appearance it needs.
- The dentist will trim your tooth to give it a tapered shape which is required to let the finished crown slip onto the tooth.
- Once the shaping is completed, they’ll make a copy of it by making a dental impression. Basically making a model or mold of your teeth.
Note: After making an impression it’ll be sent to a laboratory to create a precise cast of your mouth which is essential for the fabrication phase.
- The dentist will make you wear a temporary crown while waiting for your crowns to be fabricated. They protect and cover our tooth, are made out plastic, and cemented using temporary cement for easy removal.
- Lastly, a shade that best suits your crown will be chosen by the dentist.
While waiting for the second appointment, your crown will take two weeks to fabricate (or less if your dentist made advanced arrangements). This easily takes the most amount of time in the whole process.
Once your crowns are ready, you’re good to go for the second appointment.
This is where your tooth will be fitted with a crown. This appointment can conclude in about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Your dentist will anesthetize your tooth.
- Your temporary crown will be removed and the remnants of the temporary cement will be cleaned off from your tooth.
- Before cementing your crowns, they will make sure it fits well and will let you evaluate if the crown’s overall shape and color satisfy you.
- Once the evaluation is complete they’ll proceed with the cementing by placing dental cement inside your crown, seat it over your tooth, and remove the excess cement from the edges of the crown.
- Lastly, your dentist will double-check your crown’s bite to make sure everything is in order.
Take it easy and let the crowns set for the first day. Don’t eat anything hard or sticky to let the cement set in. Just practice good oral hygiene and you’re good to go daily.
Ready for Your Appointment?
Now that you know what you’re getting into, it’s time to pick a clinic and a dentist you trust. There are some traits you need to look for in a dentist and also how they operate their clinic. Choosing the right one means having a smooth dental crown procedure. Take your time, search around, and decide.