Placing Dental Crowns
Having dental crowns placed on teeth is a smooth process. A patient will require about two dental appointments to get the process completed. Dental crowns are shells or caps that dentists mount to encase damaged or decayed teeth to help bring back their shape, strength, size, and appearance. Our dentist at Fox Dental Excellence may recommend a crown if you have a decayed or damaged tooth that needs to be protected because it is weak. There are certain key steps that a dentist will follow to get a crown placed in your mouth.
Types of CrownsThere are various types of crowns you can get including porcelain or ceramic and composite. Choosing a material like ceramic ensures that you have crowns with long-lasting results. One of the benefits of ceramic crowns is that they have the ability to imitate the reflective properties of a real tooth. They, therefore, blend in well with the nearby teeth. Ceramic crowns are considered more resistant to things like wear compared to other materials. Hence, they last longer.
PreparationThe process of fitting dental crowns begins with the preparation of the patient. You are numbed to have a calm and relaxed position when the placement is done. A dentist injects the numbing agent into the gums and cheeks around the tooth requiring a crown. A guard is also put in the oral cavity, helping the patient not to close their jaw.
Removing Damaged PartsA dentist will use a dental drill to carefully and gently remove any damaged areas of the tooth. If the tooth has no decay and is just chipped or cracked, there may be no need for drilling it out. A dentist may just smooth it out to remove rough surfaces.
Filling the ToothThe dentist cleans out the drilled cavity and fills it with gutta-percha. Filling the open space helps keep the tooth safe before placing the crown. A dentist shaves down or scrapes off the outer parts of the tooth gently, providing space where the crown will fit.
Taking Impressions and Placing a Temporary CrownA tooth impression is recorded using a mold or 3D scan. The impression creates a model that is utilized to fabricate the crown. The dental professional places a provisional crown made of resin. Composite resin is often used for fillings, bonding, and other restorations. Once cemented on the prepared tooth, it remains there for about two weeks. This is the time the permanent crown is getting fabricated in the lab. At this time, you should avoid eating anything hard or sticky. Use over-the-counter pain relievers to tackle any discomfort.
Alternatively, the dentist may provide same-day crowns, meaning you get your permanent crown fitted at that same appointment. Therefore, there will be no provisional or temporary crown.
Permanent Crown PlacementThis is the last and final phase of having the dental crown placed. It happens after two to three weeks of getting a temporary crown in your first appointment. The dentist takes out the provisional crown and the permanent piece is placed, adjusted, and cemented into place, thus completing your dental crown placement process.
Contact Fox Dental Excellence at (513) 398-3322 to learn more about tooth crowns and the placement process.