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Coronation Day: How Teeth Are Prepared for Dental Crowns

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilespecialist @ 11:44 pm

People usually think crowns belong on kings and queens, but teeth can wear them as well. Dentists use dental crowns to restore teeth to their original size, appearance, and function after damage due to infection or injury or dental procedures like root canals. However, it can be daunting to not know what to expect during the procedure if you’ve never received a crown before. Here’s what you can expect to happen when receiving a dental crown.

What Is the First Dental Crown Appointment Like?

A dental crown is typically placed in two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth and the tooth being treated. They will then apply a local anesthetic, rendering the rest of the procedure painless. They will remove any damaged or decayed structure from the tooth. The tooth will then be cleaned and disinfected, and any empty spots will be filled with a special dental material to keep bacteria from colonizing them. The tooth will then be smoothed so it can receive the crown.

The dentist will then take impressions of your bite and the treated tooth. A temporary crown will be cemented in place and you will be sent on your way. The impression and further instructions from your dentist will be sent to the lab that will manufacture your crown.

What Is the Second Dental Crown Appointment Like?

You will return to the dentist’s office after they receive your new crown a few weeks later. Your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent one will be cemented into place. Your dentist will then evaluate your bite and make any adjustments before you leave the office. The patient will be advised to avoid anything crunchy or sticky while the cement sets. Discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. If the patient experiences any pain or bite misalignment, they should call their dentist to schedule an appointment.

Dental crowns have helped many patients maintain a full and beautiful smile. Knowing what to expect during the treatment can help you sit more comfortably through it.

About the Author

Dr. Alberto J. Lamberti earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, and completed a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry there. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University’s Prosthodontics Department for nearly ten years. His office in Boca Raton, FL offers general, cosmetic, emergency, and restorative dentistry such as dental crowns. For more information on what it’s like to receive a dental crown, contact the office online or dial (561) 338-7535.

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