Your dentist may suggest you have a dental crown procedure if you have a tooth that is severely damaged or broken down. You can also get one for cosmetic reasons if you have a tooth that is severely discolored. Whatever your reasoning, the dental crown procedure still works the same way. It is typically completed over two dental visits, although some dentists have special equipment to complete a dental crown in one visit. Here is what you should expect from your crown procedure.
The First Visit
The first visit for a dental crown procedure typically lasts about an hour. During this visit, your dentist will inject a local anesthetic and make sure you are good and numb. If the tooth in question has already had a root canal, the dentist will probably only need to numb the gum around it. Next, they will file the tooth to prepare it for the crown. In order to hold the crown in place, the tooth nub needs to be a certain shape. The more tooth that is left, the stronger its bond will be with the crown. Once the tooth is properly shaped, your dentist will take a mold of the tooth nub and surrounding teeth. This is what they will send out to the lab in order to have your crown made. Lastly, a temporary crown will be placed over the nub while you wait for the permanent crown to be made.
The Second Visit
The second visit for your dental crown is typically much shorter than the first. During this visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and slide the permanent one over the tooth nub. Your new dental crown is held in place by a special adhesive that should last a lifetime. The tooth underneath the crown will still be able to decay, so be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and to floss every day. This will ensure that your new dental crown lasts as long as possible.
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