Dental crowns have been a staple restoration in dentistry for many years. We use dental crowns on our patients almost every day, at St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville.
A dental crown procedure consists of several steps:
We anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Tooth structure may be filed off to reduce the size and create the proper shape. All-metal crowns, as opposed to porcelain, have thinner sides and require less removal of tooth structure.
Creating a Good Impression
Next we use a putty-like substance to make an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not negatively affect the bite.
The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and make sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being constructed. Patients need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement.
Your Crown Is Put In Place
When the new crown is ready, we place it in your mouth and makes any necessary modification to attain an ideal fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is properly fitted.
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