Procedure for Placing a Dental Crown: From Preparation to Cementation

Procedure for Placing a Dental Crown: From Preparation to Cementation

Dec 01, 2022

While real teeth can last a lifetime, they can chip, decay, break, discolor, and fall out due. Dental trauma, teeth grinding, and bacterial attacks are common reasons behind tooth damage.  When a tooth loses its size, shape, and strength, it can make chewing painful and difficult. It can affect your smile and expose you to further dental problems.

A dental crown is an excellent way to repair tooth damage and improve your tooth’s strength, bite function, and aesthetics. Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns and what you can expect during the procedure.

What is a dental crown?

A tooth crown is a tooth-shaped dental cap fixed over a damaged tooth to improve its size, shape, color, and strength. Also, a dental crown can support a traditional bridge and dental implants. A crown is often ideal for repairing moderate to severe tooth damage that you can’t treat with simpler procedures like dental veneers, inlays and onlays, or fillings.

A crown can contain various materials, including metal, porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metals, composite resin, zirconia, and gold. Your dentist can recommend a dental crown to:

  • Protect and strengthen a weak or worn-down tooth
  • Repair a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
  • Reinforce a tooth with a large filling
  • Reinforce a tooth after a root canal
  • Hold a dental bridge
  • Improve the aesthetics of a discolored or misshaped tooth
  • Cover a dental implant

Visit our dentist near you for dental crowns in South Hadley, MA.

Placing a Dental Crown: Step by Step

Getting a crown typically takes about two dental appointments.

1st Appointment – Tooth Preparation

Below is what to expect on your first appointment:

  • Numbing the tooth

Since a crown is placed over the natural teeth, the dentist has to trim a small portion of the tooth’s enamel to allow the crown to fit perfectly without looking or feeling bulky or uncomfortable. It is also necessary to reshape the tooth to improve the stability and retention of the crown. Since the procedure can cause discomfort or sensitivity, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to keep you comfortable.

  • Preparing the tooth

Next, the dentist will trim away a specific amount of the tooth’s enamel. If your tooth is infected, the dentist will remove the infected materials to prevent further damage once the crown is placed. The dentist can also rebuild the tooth with a filling material if it has lost a significant part of its structure. It restores the tooth’s strength and the proper dimensions necessary to support a crown sufficiently.

  • Taking impressions

Once the dentist has prepared the tooth, they will make dental impressions of the prepared tooth using a paste or putty-like material. The impressions contain a copy of the shaped tooth and surrounding teeth and gums. These impressions, shade of your natural teeth, and other records are sent to a dental lab and used to fabricate your crown. Some dentists take optical impressions using a wind-like digital camera. In this case, impression paste isn’t necessary.

  • Placing a temporary crown

If your dentist has the technology to make same-day CEREC crowns, you won’t need a temporary crown. The dentist will create and fit the crown at the same appointment. If your crown is made at a dental lab, you’ll get a temporary crown until the customized crown is ready. The temporary crown protects your tooth from bacterial infections and fractures.

The crown contains less durable materials like composite resin. It’s also cemented using temporary cement for easy removal. Excellent oral hygiene and habits are necessary to care for your temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready. Without proper care, the crown can easily fall off, loosen, or break, exposing the underlying tooth to infections and damage and compromising your treatment.

2nd Appointment – Fitting the Permanent Crown

Once the permanent crown is ready, you’ll go for the second appointment. Here is what to expect:

  • Removing the temporary crown

The dentist may begin by numbing the tooth to prevent discomfort when removing the temporary crown. Then, they will remove the temporary crown and clean off any cement and debris around the tooth.

  • Examining the fit and aesthetics of the permanent crown

Before cementing the permanent crown, the dentist will test its fit and appearance to ensure all is as expected.  They will make any adjustments if necessary.

  • Fitting the crown

If you and your dentist are satisfied with the crown, the dentist will fit the crown permanently. They can use strong dental cement or screws.

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