The dental crown procedure isn't complicated. Some dentists need you to go for two appointments. During the first appointment, you get an assessment of your condition and tooth preparation. Then, your dentist puts the permanent crown in place during the second appointment. On the flip side, other dentists combine all the steps in a single visit.
This article discusses what you should expect during your dental crown procedure visits.
During the first session of the procedure, you explain to your dentist your underlying condition, medical history, and expected outcome. Then, your dentist assesses, reshapes, molds, and fixes the temporary crown:
Assessment. The dentist inspects your gums, teeth, and mouth. The evaluation may involve X-rays to study your tooth's internal structure. If you don't have conditions that call for other procedures, then preparation for the tooth that needs a dental crown starts.
Reshaping. The dentist injects local anesthesia to numb the area. Then, your tooth is filed on top and at the sides. This step reduces your tooth's size to create room for the cement and crown.
Molding. Your dentist creates a model of your tooth to make a custom dental crown for you. You then decide the color of the crown and any preferences.
Temporary crown fitting. The temporary crowns protect the reshaped tooth and cover the empty area as you wait for your dentist to prepare your permanent crowns. You will also receive assistance handling discomfort and taking care of your temporary crown.
Once the dentist makes your permanent crowns, you will return to your dentist for installation. The second session of the crown procedure involves the steps below:
Disinfection. Any bacteria stuck under the dental crown could cause tooth decay, cavities, and rotten or damaged teeth. So, your dentist uses a particular solution to disinfect your teeth and gums.
Fixation. Your natural tooth and permanent crowns need an agent to stick together. So, your dentist attaches the crown and tooth with crown cement. Then, a unique ultraviolet light quickly dries the glue.
Some dentists have advanced technology that allows you to complete the whole procedure in one visit. Same-day procedures combine all the processes in visits one and two.
After the dental crown procedure, you'll take a few days to recover. You may also experience some pain and discomfort, but painkillers can relieve the pain. Yet, you must maintain proper oral hygiene to keep your dental crowns in good shape for a long time. Finally, visit your dentist regularly for follow-ups and faster identification and correction of dental crown problems.