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How Do Dentists Prepare Teeth for Crowns?

August 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — centeronedental @ 7:31 pm

Model of a tooth prepared for a crownIf you need a dental crown, don’t panic! Although you’ll require a little prep work, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Here’s what you can expect while your dentist prepares your tooth for your new restoration.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a customized cap that’s bonded over the entire surface of a tooth down to the gum line. It offers both restorative and cosmetic benefits, thanks to all-ceramic materials. 

A crown can protect a weakened tooth from additional damage or restore its function and appearance if it has been compromised by injury, decay, infections, or other issues. Crowns can also be used along with other procedures, like a bridge or root canal therapy.

What to Expect When Getting a Crown

You’ll first require a consultation with your dentist, who will examine your mouth and perform certain diagnostic services to create a personalized treatment plan. You may require additional procedures before getting your restoration, like treating a cavity or performing a root canal. 

Your dentist will begin prepping for your restoration after administering a local numbing agent to block any pain signals. They will use special dental instruments to reshape your tooth. 

They’ll take an impression of your mouth, which will be sent to the dental lab. The lab will craft your crown to meet your exact color, size, and shape needs to blend in with your real teeth. 

It can take the lab a couple of weeks, so your dentist will bond a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it while you wait. Once your final restoration has been sent back to the office, you’ll return to have the temporary crown removed. 

After cleaning your tooth, your dentist will apply a special adhesive and place your crown. You’ll walk out of the office with a healthy, beautiful smile using a natural-looking solution.

Benefit from Long-Lasting Results

Crowns are made of all-ceramic materials to closely mimic the appearance of real teeth. Metal-free crowns are also durable and biocompatible. 

Your crown can last for 10 years or longer with the right aftercare routine, like brushing and flossing. Your dentist will also recommend avoiding any hard or sticky foods to get the most from your investment. Break any bad habits that may damage your crown, like chewing on your fingernails or using your teeth in place of scissors or other tools. 

Besides caring for your smile at home, don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. You’ll enjoy long-lasting results to keep your mouth healthy.

About Dr. Raj Vekariya

Dr. Vekariya earned his dental degree at New York University’s College of Dentistry and has continued his education in various specialties. He strives to create healthy, beautiful smiles that support each patient’s general wellness. If you need a dental crown, request an appointment through his website or call (724) 607-8638.

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