A lot of things can get in the way of you flashing a perfect smile. It may be because your teeth are decayed, broken or extremely worn down. It could also be due to a large filling in a tooth that takes away from a natural appearance. Or, it could be the result of misshapen and discolored teeth. If you are experiencing any of these situations, you may need to undergo a dental crown procedure to restore your beautiful smile.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over teeth that cannot be restored to look the way you want. They act as protective coverings to help restore your teeth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns can be made with materials such as porcelain, resin, acrylic, ceramic, or stainless steel.
Getting dental crowns usually takes two visits to the dentist. Below are details on what you can expect during a dental crown procedure.
The first appointment involves preparing your tooth and getting a temporary crown. The procedure begins with examining the state of the existing tooth, particularly its roots and the surrounding bone.
After this, you will be given an anesthetic around the tooth and gum tissue. Once this is done, it is time to prepare the tooth by properly reshaping it. During this step, there will be a reduction in the biting surface of the tooth.
Alternatively, if there’s a large area missing due to decay or damage, the tooth will be filled up. After reshaping, the dentist will take alginate impressions of both your lower and upper dental arches. The dentist will need the exact shade of your teeth so the new dental crown can blend in seamlessly.
The impressions will be sent to a lab to manufacture the crown. Usually, the production of the crown takes a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you will get a temporary crown to cover and protect your tooth.
During your second appointment, your permanent crown will be cemented. This procedure starts with numbing the surrounding tissue with an anesthetic and cleaning your teeth. Then, the temporary crown will be removed.
The dentist will test the new dental crown by placing it in the desired location and checking for a perfect fit. Once satisfied with the fit, the dentist will cement the dental crown in place and check periodically to see if the cement has hardened.
After the procedure, expect to feel sensitivity on your newly crowned tooth, especially when the anesthesia wears off. This sensation is normal and will eventually recede after a few days. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of the dental crown. To make sure your newly crowned tooth stays in the best state, remember to practice proper oral hygiene.
If you are looking for the best dental care available in Plantation, Florida, come see Dr. Ernie Soto. Dr. Soto is an expert in cosmetic, implant & sedation dentistry and would love to help you get the smile you want. To make an appointment, call (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment online.