If your last dental checkup included your dentist telling you that you will need to go through a dental crown procedure, it usually means you have a weak tooth than requires support, your tooth is looking extremely discolored, or you personally wish to have one in place for a number of cosmetic reasons. Whichever it is, it is important to know what to expect when you undergo the procedure.
There are a number of crowns that may be used for your dental crown procedure: porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel, and resin. Your dentist will be the one to determine which type is best for your specific concern.
A dental crown installation will usually require two separate visits to the dentist. On your first visit, the dentist will take a look at the tooth and determine whether or not it is able to support a crown. He will then file it down to prep it. If there is significant damage to the tooth, it may also require filling in to make it large and thus receive the crown properly. The proper shape is necessary to ensure that the permanent dental crown will work. An impression will be taken and sent out to the dental lab, where your permanent crown will be made. On this first visit, you will be fitted in with a temporary crown for the meantime.
Your second visit commences once your permanent crown becomes ready. The dentist removes your temporary crown, then positions and fastens the new (and permanent) one on your tooth using a special kind of adhesive. It will take some time for you to adjust to this new fixture, but eventually you will get used to the permanent crown. Over time, the dental crown should look, work, and feel just like a regular tooth – and you can resume your regular activities!
For any questions about dental crowns, give us a call at (734) 421-2675.