What To Expect During A Dental Crown Procedure

Although getting a dental crown can sound intimidating, the procedure is actually quite straightforward, and the steps in the process are easy to understand. If your dentist has told you that a crown is needed, it means that your natural tooth is healthy enough to remain in your mouth, but requires permanent protection. The dental crown fits over your natural tooth like a cap.

Here are the steps involved in getting a dental crown and what to expect at each juncture.Dental_Crown

Dental Crowns, Step By Step

  1. Your tooth will be examined and initial impressions made of it. Your dentist will take X-rays or other images to ensure the tooth’s pulp is healthy. The initial impression made of your tooth will provide a guide to creating the crown. The dentist will also determine the shade of your dental crown, so the finished product will look natural alongside your other teeth.
  2. Your tooth will be prepared, and a temporary crown fitted. The dentist will remove decayed or damaged tooth structure, leaving a healthy tooth for the crown to be fitted over. Impressions of your prepared tooth will be taken, so the final crown will fit perfectly on your natural tooth. Your prepared tooth will be protected until the final crown arrives by a temporary crown, a prefabricated dental crown designed to be worn for a few weeks. The dental crown will be fixed in place with removable dental cement.
  3. Your tooth will receive its final crown, and it will be cemented into place. Many dentists use an outside lab for the creation of a final crown, which can be made of porcelain, metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or other materials. When you return for your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the final dental crown is set in place with a much stronger, more permanent form of cement – meant to last years, or even decades.

“Dental crown materials and best practices have progressed to the point where it is a very standard procedure – one that helps many people retain their natural teeth for many additional years,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with an office located in central Phoenix.

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