Placing Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a versatile dental procedure suitable for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. The procedure provides an ideal long-term solution for dental issues such as deformed, decayed, and broken teeth. Dental crowns, mimic real teeth and are hardly noticeable.
Step-by-Step Guide to Placing Dental CrownsThe process of placing dental crowns involves two visits to the dentist:
||First Visit- Tooth Examination and Preparation
Second Visit- Placement of the Permanent Crown
Here’s a detailed overview of the visit to the dentist for a dental crown placement procedure:
The dentist uses diagnostic tools like x-rays to perform an oral examination of the patient’s damaged tooth. It helps identify tooth damage and decay. Such dental issues increase the risk of teeth getting infected after the procedure.
The next step is preparation. The dentist uses anesthesia to numb the tooth receiving the crown and the surrounding gum tissue. It helps reshape the tooth along the chewing surface and its sides, making space for the crown. If a large amount of tooth is missing, the dentist will use the filling to build up the tooth needed to support the dental crown. However, if the tooth is damaged, the dentist will use a dental drill to remove the damage. Next, they clean the inner cavity for bacteria removal.
After cleaning, reshaping, and filling, the dentist takes the tooth’s impression with a putty or paste. Sometimes, impressions are made via a digital scanner. These impressions are taken to create the crown’s perfect size and ensure that the crown will not affect the patient’s bite. If a patient selects a ceramic crown, the dentist will select the shade to ensure that it matches the neighboring teeth. The impressions are sent to the lab for manufacturing the crown.
Made with composite resin, the dentist will place a temporary crown until the permanent one is manufactured. It helps keep the teeth receiving the crown secure.
Permanent Crown Placement
After two to four weeks, the dentist will schedule an appointment to place the new crown permanently. This appointment will be for the patient’s second visit in which the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one.
Types of Dental CrownsWhen it comes to permanent dental crowns, the options are endless. You have a large variety of crowns to select from, such as:
Porcelain fused to metal
Benefits of Ceramic CrownsSome of the top benefits of ceramic dental crowns are as follows:
||They are cosmetically appealing, which makes them a popular choice for front teeth like canines and incisors
They are durable
Their restorative capability enables users to eat crunchy and crispy food items
They are anti-allergic
They provide excellent protective qualities lowering the risk of exposure to bacterial infections and tooth decay
For more information about placing dental crowns or for the procedure, please call us at (360) 659-3200 to schedule a consultation at Grove Street Family Dentistry.