Dental crowns are a common procedure needed to treat teeth with extensive decay or a crack, and on teeth that have had nerve, or root canal treatment. Dental crowns are very strong and cover the entire tooth - like a hat. Crowns can be made of tooth-colored porcelain, gold, or a variety of other materials.
The process of preparing a tooth for a crown is pretty routine. The first step to step is to make the patient comfortable by applying some topical jelly on the gums before getting numb. While the numbing takes effect, the Dentist and the assistant start the digital scanning process. The scan takes pictures of the teeth in three dimensions. Digital scans are painless and replace the old gooey impression making process.
Next, the tooth is re-shaped so the cap or crown will fit perfectly. Then the tooth is scanned again. The scans are electronically sent to the laboratory where the lab technician will make a natural-looking custom crown that will match the surrounding teeth.
The Temporary Crown
Finally, a tooth-colored temporary crown is fitted over the tooth and cemented in place. Since the purpose of the temporary crown is for comfort and protection, it is recommended that patients refrain from flossing and eating sticky foods that could accidentally pull the temporary crown off. Sometimes, despite all the best efforts, a temporary crown might come out. In that case, a little bit of denture adhesive can be used to secure the temporary crown in place until the patient can get into the dental office. Our Silver Spring and Clinton dental offices are open from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. If you experience a problem with your temporary crown, visit our office as soon as you can.
After about a week, you’ll return to Fenton Family Dental to have your permanent crown placed.
Checking Your Bite
The permanent crown is usually ready in a few weeks. At that appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is tried in. The new crown may need some minor adjustments before it is ready to be permanently cemented.
Your new tooth should look and feel natural. Using marking paper, we will ask you to bite down to reveal any points of friction. We adjust the crown’s shape until there is no friction and you can bite down fully. We may also take a quick X-ray to make sure the new crown fits perfectly. When the dentist is satisfied with the fit and finish of the crown, they will permanently cement it. Now the crown can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth!
Dental crowns can restore your teeth to normal function in a matter of weeks. In addition, dental crowns can help make your smile beautiful again. Don't delay! If you think you need a dental crown, call today for a free consultation