You are probably familiar with the terms dental implant and dental crown, but do you know what they entail. For instance, if your dentist were to say to you today, “You need a crown,” would you know exactly what he or she meant? You probably have an idea, but you may not know the exact steps that need to be taken to receive a dental crown. Placing a dental crown usually takes two visits. Read on to find out more.
The first visit is to prepare the tooth. Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth and surrounding area then reduce the size of the tooth by filing it down into a stub. The amount of tooth structure removed will depend on the type of crown you will be receiving. Porcelain crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns require more tooth removal than an all-metal crown which is a thinner material. If there is not enough tooth structure to maintain a crown, your dentist will build up the tooth. This may be required if much of the tooth is missing due to damage or decay. Next, impressions are made and sent to the lab, and a temporary crown is placed.
After removing the temporary crown and checking that the permanent crown is the right fit and color, your dentist will permanently cement it into place. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area beforehand.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.