Dental Crown Procedure
What to Expect During a Dental Crown Procedure?
The dental crowning procedure usually requires 2 separate dental appointments.
The impression of the tooth is sent to a specialized dental laboratory for the fabrication of the customized crown. This process can usually take up to 2 weeks. After the crown is ready, the dentist will call you back for the second dental appointment.
Detailed Explanation of Each Step
Firstly, the tooth will need to be prepared. So, you would need to regularly visit the dentist, at least twice before the procedure can commence.
Normally, the first visit involves the proper examination as well as the preparation of the tooth for the process. A temporary crown will usually be installed as well. While during the second visit, the permanent dental crown is affixed on top of the damaged tooth.
For the first visit, your dentist will take some x-rays of the roots and canals of the tooth that is to receive the crown, as well as the surrounding bone structure. If there is an extensive amount of decay, or if there is any risk of infection, then that would be a possible root canal treatment that needs to be performed first.
Before the process commences, the dentist will look to provide anesthesia to the tooth so as to numb the pain. The tooth which will receive the crown would be shaped and trimmed, so as to make appropriate room for the placement of the crown.
The amount of filling or removal of the surface of the tooth that is to be done is totally dependent upon the kind of crown that is to be used for the procedure. A thinner material would require much less filling done.
On the other hand, if there is a large amount of tooth which is missing due to decay or any internal damage, then filling with some other material will need to be done to provide the appropriate support for the crown for that particular tooth.
When the reshaping has been completed, the dentist will create the impression of the tooth so that it will be able to receive the crown. The impressions are then used to make sure that the crown will not affect or resist the natural bite. They are sent to the lab so that it can be manufactured and customized according to your needs. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks before the dentist can get your customized crown.
If the crown is made out of porcelain, then the dentist would have to select the perfect shade that matches the color of the teeth.
A temporary crown that is made out of acrylic will be put in place so as to hold the tooth in its position by applying a temporary form of cement.
At the second visit, the dentist would remove the temporary crown that was put in place. After that, anesthesia will be applied to the surroundings of the tooth to numb the area. The customized permanent crown will then be affixed to the tooth and the dental crowning process is completed.
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