The first step of a dental crown is a thorough evaluation by your dentist to ensure a crown is necessary. Then, you and your dentist will discuss the options to determine which type of crown is best for you.
If a dental crown is needed, the procedure typically takes two visits:
At the first visit, your dentist will begin by numbing the tooth and the surrounding gums, which will ensure your comfort throughout the appointment.
In order for the dental crown to fit properly, the tooth will be filed down to specific dimensions. Then, a mold of your tooth will be taken with an extremely detailed impression material. You and your dentist will discuss the desired color of the dental crown.
Some patients like the crown to be slightly lighter than their natural teeth. In this scenario, teeth whitening is often suggested before choosing the crown’s color to ensure a proper match.
The mold of the tooth will be sent to the dental laboratory where the dental crown will be made to the dentist’s specifications.
While the dental laboratory makes the final crown, you will have a temporary crown. The temporary crown will be made using a tooth colored material and will match your other teeth in color and shape. The temporary crown will be cemented in place with temporary cement, so it can be removed next visit when the final crown will be placed.
At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and try in the final crown. After ensuring the proper fit with an x-ray, your bite will be checked and adjusted if the crown is too high. If you are satisfied with the appearance of the crown, extremely strong cement will be used to cement the dental crown in place.
A little about me and my experiences with dental crowns:
After graduating from Tufts Dental School, I completed a residency at Boston City Hospital. Following the residency, I worked in a practice near Boston while teaching at my dental school for a few years. My wife Joanne and I then decided to move to south Florida, where I have practiced for the past twenty-five years. Over this time, cosmetic dentistry has become my passion, especially making beautiful dental crowns. In the office, we make sure that every crown blends absolutely perfectly with our patients’ natural teeth. If the color of a dental crown is slightly off, we add a little color and bake the crown in our porcelain oven until it is the perfect shade. Also, we want every crown to look gorgeous and last as long as possible, so we only use the highest quality porcelain. If we are making a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, we only use high precious metal. In addition, to make every crown, we confidently believe that we use the best dental laboratory in the country. If you have questions about dental crowns or would like to come in for a complimentary evaluation, please feel free to contact us.