If you need to have a crown put on one of your teeth, you want to learn what to expect. This way, you will be prepared for the appointment and you'll have an easier time with it. The process of having a crown put in is fairly simple and it will give you a permanent replacement for your broken or damaged tooth. This article will offer you a step-by-step guide regarding the process of getting a crown so you can go to your appointment ready for the experience.
What happens at your first appointment?
At your first dental appointment (with a professional such as one from Gentle Dental Family Care), the dentist will give you a complete oral exam. This will include looking at your tooth, taking x-rays of the tooth and possibly taking pictures of the tooth. After the exam, the dentist will discuss your options with you. They may also give you options when it comes to the type of crown you want.
Some of the choices of crowns you may have the ability to choose from include metal, metal and porcelain, or porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are the ones that offer you the most natural look and they are designed with material that matches the coloring and natural shading of the rest of your teeth so others won't know the tooth is actually a crown.
The dentist will also need to prepare your tooth for the crown. This is done by grinding down enough of the tooth to make room for the cementing agent and the crown. Then, an impression of the tooth will be made. This impression will be used to create a model of your tooth for the crown to be built on. The dentist may also send you home with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent one comes in.
What happens at your second appointment?
Once the crown comes in, the dentist will have you come back. They will remove the temporary crown, if you were provided with one, and clean your tooth. Then, they will take the permanent crown and make sure it is a proper fit. If it is, then they will cement it in place. The dentist will then clean any excess cementing material from other areas of your mouth.
Once the crown is in place, you will be all set. When you leave the dentist office you will be able to go back to your normal routine. Your mouth may feel a little weird from having the crown put in, but you shouldn't experience much pain unless you had other treatments done at the same time.