When a tooth is damaged beyond a simple filling repair, a dental crown can often save it and protect it from further damage, and/or improve its aesthetic appearance! But how exactly is a crown custom made and delivered to suit your smile? Let’s take a look at the dental crown procedure!
The Dental Crown Procedure
As with any dental treatment, an initial consultation is needed to determine that a crown is the ideal choice for you. We will also confirm that your tooth and surrounding structure are in good health, and from which material to craft your custom-made crown. Getting a dental crown typically requires two visits.
During your first visit, our doctor will numb the area and shape your tooth so that a crown can fit over it. We will take an impression of your mouth and select a shade that matches your natural tooth color, then send the impression to a dental lab where the crown is created. Our doctor will fit you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the permanent one is being made, which generally takes about two weeks.
On your second visit, we will thoroughly inspect the newly crafted permanent crown to ensure it is the correct size, shape and color, making any adjustments as necessary. Our doctor will then remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one into place, again checking to be sure that fit, bite and aesthetics are all perfect for your restored tooth and smile!
Caring For Your Crown
Taking care of a dental crown is simple, and just requires that you practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly. Though the crown itself will not decay, the tooth underneath can still develop decay or cavities, so it is just as important as ever to clean your teeth regularly and thoroughly. Don’t forget to gently clean the areas between your teeth and below the gumline with floss daily!
After a short adjustment period, a well placed and fitting crown should feel and function just like your natural teeth. With proper oral hygiene and care, dental crowns can last 10 to 20 years!