Placing Dental Crowns
A dental crown procedure may be recommended for protecting your weak tooth or restoring a broken tooth. It is also best suited for holding a dental bridge, covering a dental implant, and other cosmetic modifications.
Understanding the Procedure for Placing Dental Crowns
The dental crown placement procedure is performed in two visits. However, using CAD technology, you can also get same-day crowns made and installed in a single appointment. The regular procedure includes the following steps:
First Visit - Oral Examination and Tooth Preparation
During the first visit, the dentist will take your oral X-ray. This is needed to determine the health of the roots and surrounding gum line of the tooth that will receive the crown. If there is a tooth pulp injury or chances of an infection, the dentist may first perform a root canal treatment.
Next, the dental crown-making process will begin. The dentist will use anesthesia to numb the tooth and reshape it to make space for the dental crown. The reshaping of the tooth will depend on the crown type you choose.
After the tooth is reshaped, the dentist will use putty to make an impression of the tooth that will receive the crown. They are then sent to the dental lab to get manufactured. Meanwhile, the dentist will use temporary cement to insert and hold a temporary crown made of acrylic to avoid further damage to the tooth.
Second Visit - Permanent Placement of the Dental Crown
After two weeks, you will visit the dentist's office for permanent dental crown placement. The dentist will carefully remove the temporary dental crown during your second visit. Next, they will place the permanent crown and check the color and fit. If everything looks good, with a local anesthetic, the dentist will numb the tooth to cement the crown in its place permanently.
You can select from an extensive range of dental crowns. The most popular options include:
Metal crowns are long-lasting and don’t wear down easily. They don’t break or chip. Metals commonly used in dental crowns are palladium, gold, chromium, and nickel. Though metal crowns can withstand chewing forces, they are visible because of their metallic color. Hence, they are only suitable for out-of-sight molars, not the front teeth.
All-ceramic crowns offer the best color match - mimicking your real teeth. Hence, they are best suited for front-damaged teeth. Besides this, other benefits of ceramic crowns are that they have restorative capabilities and protective qualities. Also, with these crowns, all risk of reactions to allergies to metal is removed.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Though porcelain fused to metal crowns can mimic the color and shade of the adjacent teeth, they chip and break off easily. Also, the metal of the porcelain crown becomes visible when the gums start to recede. Therefore, it’s not always the first choice.
For more information about placing dental crowns or for the procedure, please call us at (740) 781-0540 to schedule a consultation at OHIOSmiles.