When a tooth has substantial decay and the filling is too large to be supported by the tooth, our dentist near you will recommend using a crown. A crown is a dental cap that covers the site of tooth restoration to enable the normal functioning of the tooth once again. These dental crowns, crafted out of various materials such as metal, ceramic, or porcelain, are made to simulate the real tooth in aesthetics and strength.
If you have recently been advised to go for our dental crown in Edmonton, chances are you are experiencing anxiety over the following process. Let us give you a brief idea of what the procedure of getting dental crowns entails.
THE STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS INVOLVED IN GETTING A DENTAL CROWN:
1. First, our dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area where the procedure needs to be performed. This is done to relieve the patient of any pain caused during the next steps.
2. Next, an impression of your teeth will be taken to be used later for creating the temporary prosthesis till the restoration is complete and the permanent dental crown is ready.
3. Now, our dentist will identify the cavity or decay, clean it, and file around it to clear out the outer layer of the tooth so that the hollow part of the prosthesis sits perfectly on it, forming a perfect fit. It is important to perform this part of the process carefully to ensure the crown does not look or feel awkward in the mouth. This step usually takes the longest.
4. A final impression of the filed tooth is taken again. This will be sent to the laboratory for constructing the permanent crown for the affected tooth. This usually takes about two weeks to be ready but depends on the choice of material. Sometimes, our dental services near you might obtain a same-day crown per the patient’s request. The chairside right inside our dental clinic constructs these dental crowns.
5. Next, a temporary crown is put on the filed tooth, using the initial impression taken of your teeth. This ensures that the exposed part of the affected tooth is protected against infections and other harm till the permanent crown is ready. This step is skipped in the case of same-day crowns.
The temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned thoroughly once again to remove any bacterial growth or food remains, and the permanent dental crown is placed on the prepared tooth.
6. Once the permanent crown is ready, it is sent to our dentist in about a couple of weeks, who will call you for the final procedure. Our dentist might have to do a few adjustments to ensure the crown sits tight on the tooth, or else minor gaps might allow bacteria to find their way into the tooth cavity, leading to further decay in the future.
This completes the process of getting a dental crown. Now, you only need to take care of your crown and teeth!
THERE ARE SOME FACTORS WORTH CONSIDERING WHEN YOU DECIDE TO GET A DENTAL CROWN.
• Do you want to go for traditional crowns or same-day crowns? And depending on that…
• Do you want your dental crown to be made of ceramic, metal, porcelain, composite resin, or a combination of materials?
With full knowledge of the procedure and choices available, you can confidently start looking at options for a dental crown near you.