The Dental Crown Procedure
While your teeth are incredibly strong, they can still face damage or decay that compromises their structural integrity and the health of your mouth. When teeth are damaged, treatment is needed right away. A dental crown is a common restoration used to treat damaged teeth. A crown is a restoration that resembles a cap in appearance and is designed to encase the entire visible surface of the affected tooth. At Anchorage Dental Associates, we provide crowns to protect damaged teeth and restore their strength. Here is what you can expect during the dental crown procedure.
Your Initial Consultation
When you experience tooth damage, it is important that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. During your appointment, we will examine your teeth and assess the extent of the damage. If we determine that a crown is the best option to meet your needs, we will go over the available options. There are several options for dental crowns, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. We will go over the benefits and drawbacks of each material and help to determine the best one for you.
Numbing Your Mouth
Before we begin the preparation of your damaged tooth, we first need to numb the area. We use a local anesthetic for preparing your tooth. It helps to ensure that you do not feel any sensitivity or discomfort.
Preparing the Tooth
For your new crown to fit into place in your mouth, we need to prepare the tooth. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel from the tooth to reduce it in size. We first place a rubber dam around the tooth, isolating it. Using a specialized drill, we remove precise amounts of enamel from the tooth.
Impressions and Shade Matching
After the tooth has been prepared, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is used by our dental lab to design and create your dental crown. If you are receiving a porcelain fused to metal crown or a ceramic crown, we also match the shade of your natural teeth. This will allow the crown to be able to blend in perfectly with the color of your surrounding teeth, providing you with a seamless restoration.
The Placement of Your Temporary Crown
After your impression has been taken, a temporary crown is placed. The standard process for getting a dental crown can take up to two weeks to complete. While the temporary crown is often thought to provide you with a temporary aesthetic fix until your final restoration is complete, the temporary crown also provides protection. It helps to prevent bacterial invasion and tooth sensitivity while you wait.
Placing the Final Crown
Our dental lab uses your impressions to custom create your new crown. Once it is completed and sent back, you return for a second appointment. At this appointment, we check your crown to ensure that it fits properly, that your bite is comfortable, and that, depending on the material, your crown blends in with the rest of your material. If no adjustments are needed, we use a special bonding agent to secure your crown into place on your tooth. The tooth is protected from further damage, and its strength is restored.
If you have suffered tooth damage, a dental crown can help to protect the tooth, preventing infections and further damage, while restoring its strength and preventing the need for a tooth extraction. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Anchorage Dental Associates today at (907) 276-7366.
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