Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps made of metal, porcelain, or resin. A dental crown is the final step in root canal treatment; crowns are also used for cosmetic purposes to improve or repair the shape, size, and color of teeth when veneers are not appropriate. Receiving a crown is a simple and painless process with long-lasting results for a healthier and more confident smile after just two visits to your dental office near Kendall.
Removing Excess Enamel
Before a tooth can receive a crown, excess enamel must be removed to accommodate the crown’s shape and size. This process is a natural step during a root canal or restoration; if you will be receiving a crown for cosmetic purposes, your dentist will still need to remove some tooth enamel with a drill. You will first receive a local anesthetic, ensuring this process is completely painless and comfortable.
Each dental crown is unique, designed to match the rest of your smile for the perfect result. Before your crown can be manufactured, your dentist will take images and may also take a mold of your teeth in the area where you will receive the crown. This allows the dental lab to create a tooth that fits seamlessly in place and allows you to chew, talk, and smile comfortably. You and your dentist will also choose the shade you want for your crown to ensure it matches the surrounding teeth.
Placing the Temporary Crown
Once your dentist has all the information he needs for crown manufacturing, he will cement a temporary crown in place. This temporary crown will protect your tooth until the permanent crown arrives. A temporary crown is durable and stable, but care should be taken when eating, flossing, and brushing.
Receiving Your Permanent Crown
Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to the dental office. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown into place. The crown will be checked for color and fit before it is cemented permanently to complete your smile.