If you are gearing up for dental crown treatment, you might be apprehensive about the whole process. You are not alone in this — many people have a little fear for such dental treatments. Understanding the treatment process can help take some fear out of it. Below is an overview of what to expect for your treatment.
1. Dental Examination
Most dental treatments begin with initial consultation or examination, and the dental crown treatment is not an exception. The dentist will examine your mouth and affected teeth to determine the necessary treatment. The dentist may assess the location of the tooth, the extent of the damage, and the condition of the surrounding teeth.
2. Teeth Impression
The dentist will also take an impression of your teeth. Depending on your unique treatment needs, the dentist may take multiple impressions of both your mouth and affected teeth. The impressions will help the dentist prepare your treatment plan. For example, an impression of your mouth will help the dentist understand the relative sizes and shape of nearby teeth. That way, the dentist will be able to design a natural-looking crown
3. Teeth Preparation
Next, the dentist will prepare the tooth for crowning. The preparation mainly involves filing away some of your tooth enamel (the outermost layer of the tooth). The preparation is necessary to reduce the size of the tooth so that it doesn't become oversized after the crowning. The filing also removes rough edges of the tooth to give the crown a good fit.
4. Temporary Crowning
For a multistage treatment process, the dentist will follow up on the preparation by fixing a temporary dental crown. The temporary crown protects the prepared tooth as the dentist fabricates the permanent crown. The dentist uses an easy-to-remove cement to hold the temporary crown in place.
5. Crown Fabrication
You will have the temporary crown for a few weeks as the dentist fabricates the permanent crown. The dentist must get the fabrication right. Your crown should match the color, size, shape, and texture of the nearby natural teeth. Otherwise, everyone will be able to pick out your crowned tooth from a distance — and many people don't like that.
6. Crown Fitting
Fitting the permanent crown is the last step in the treatment process. The dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown. Lastly, the dentist will examine the crowned tooth for imperfections and fix any rough edges.
The above is a general overview of the process. The exact process varies for each patient. Learn more about your options by contact services such as Hayden Dental.