What Does a Dental Crown Fitting Involve?
You’ve recently discovered that one of your teeth needs a crown, and this is a procedure you’ve never had to undergo before. You might not have any idea what to expect. Lynn Dental Care will give you a quick look at what’s involved in getting a dental crown fitted, so you know what to prepare for and when.
What is a Dental Crown?
First of all, if you don’t know the basics of what happens when you get a crown on a tooth, you probably don’t know what a “dental crown” actually is. Far from being a symbol of royalty for your teeth, a crown is a cap fitted to a tooth for different reasons. Usually, it’s needed because one of your teeth is weaker than the others, making it at risk of damage. You could also get a crown fitted for cosmetic reasons – if you have a discolored or chipped tooth, for example.
Dental crowns come are available in different materials for different purposes and at different costs: porcelain, ceramic, resin and stainless steel. At Lynn Dental Care, we use all ceramic, metal-free crowns that are safe, long-lasting and natural-looking.
How Are They Fitted?
Having crowns fitted requires two appointments in order for the full procedure to be done.
The first appointment is for your dentist to firstly examine the offending tooth. Your dentist can determine whether a crown is necessary, as well as whether the tooth will be able to support a crown.
Depending on the damage or issue that the tooth has, your dentist will then file the tooth into the right shape so that there’s sufficient room for the crown (don’t worry, you’ll have a local anesthetic beforehand!). The tooth might also have to be filled if it’s been eaten away by cavities.
Once the tooth is the right shape to comfortably fit a crown, an impression is taken to be used to mold and shape the perfect dental crown. All of this work on the size and shape of the tooth is vital because it doesn’t just determine how well it fits, but how long it lasts.
The tooth will then be fitted with a temporary crown while you wait for your second appointment.
The second, follow-up appointment will be the fitting of the actual dental crown. While you’ve been waiting, your crown has been shaped and built to fit your tooth, and it’ll now be ready to be attached to your filed-tooth with a specially-made dental cement. This is a stronger version of the cement used to fit your temporary crown.
You’ll get another local anesthetic before the dentist removes the temporary crown, makes sure the new crown fits and looks right among your original teeth, then fixes it in place with the cement.
After Your Dental Crown is Fitted
Once your dental crown is fixed in place, it’ll be up to you to make sure it’s taken care of. Be careful when initially eating and using the tooth – test out whether it “feels” right, that there’s no pain or discomfort and that it’s firmly in place.
Although it might sound like a major procedure, having a crown fitted is surprisingly easy. If you have any questions about crowns, or any other dental procedures or oral surgery, contact Lynn Dental Care today.