A dental crown (or cap) is a protective restoration covering the entire tooth surface and restoring it to its original size and shape. When a tooth cannot be restored with a filling, a crown is used to:
- protect and strengthen the tooth structure
- as a solution to decayed teeth, large fillings, and fillings that have fractured.
What to Expect
Before your crown treatment, be sure to use preventative oral hygiene to ensure your teeth are as clean as possible. Be able to identify any problems you are having with your teeth and let our dental team know.
Your dentist prepares the existing tooth by removing the decay or damage and then reshaping it and reducing the size. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression of the tooth is created. But, the impression can also be done with a plastic-type material that is put into a tray or it. If it is done with the impression material, a plaster cast is made from the impression and sent to the lab, the lab uses the cast to create a crown/cap that fits over the existing tooth. This can take two or more visits to the dentist and several weeks to complete.
Your dental crown appointment will be beneficial to your overall oral health. If the impression is made digitally, the crown/cap can be designed and milled in the dentist's office while the patient waits. This high-tech approach uses first-rate composite blocks to fabricate the crown.
After crown treatment, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You may experience some discomfort. Be sure to get plenty of rest.
- Maintain good oral hygiene in-between visits.
- Schedule a follow-up visit with our dental office if you begin to experience any problems.
Your First Visit
A 3D digital scan will be taken at your first appointment and will be used to create your custom dental crown. During this first appointment, your dentist will also create a temporary crown for your tooth. You will wear the temporary crown for two to three weeks until a dental laboratory completes your new crown. Our dental team will numb your tooth and prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Your temporary crown will then be put in place with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.