A dental crown is a prosthetic device that is used to cover or cap a damaged or decayed tooth. A crown is typically used when a tooth has been extensively damaged and a filling is not sufficient to restore its shape, size, and strength. A crown may additionally be utilized to deal with discoloration or crooked teeth.
What Happens When a Crown is Needed?
If you have been told that a crown is a solution for a missing or damaged tooth, here is what to expect:
Preparation of the tooth
The dentist will begin by numbing the affected tooth and the surrounding area. They will then use a dental drill to shape the tooth so that the crown can fit over it properly. If there is extensive decay or damage to the tooth, the dentist may need to build up the tooth with a filling material to provide a stable foundation for the crown.
Impressions of the tooth
Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take impressions of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. These impressions will be used to create a custom-made crown that fits over the tooth and blends in with the surrounding teeth.
Temporary crown placement
While the permanent crown is being made, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it and maintain its shape and function. It might take from several days to a week or so for the crown to be created. The temporary crown may also work to mask the missing tooth for the time being.
Placement of the permanent crown
Once the permanent crown has been made, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown over the tooth. The dentist may make some adjustments for fit and comfort. Once the fit is perfect, the crown will be cemented into place.
Once the crown is in place, the dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure that it feels comfortable and looks natural. They will then polish the crown to give it a smooth and natural appearance.
The procedure for placing a dental crown typically takes two appointments with the first being concerned with the creation of an impression. During the second appointment, the permanent crown is placed. The entire process may take a few weeks, as the custom-made crown needs to be fabricated in a dental laboratory. To find out more about dental crowns, speak to your dentist.