Dentists often use crowns for general and cosmetic dentistry purposes. Dental crowns can cover a damaged tooth, or can be used to create a more aesthetically pleasing tooth. Whether you are having dental crowns for cosmetic or general dentistry reasons, the process will basically be the same. For some people, their dental crowns serve both purposes.
Your dentist will explain why you may need a dental crown, as well as what is involved in the procedure. Read this overview to learn what you can expect from the dental crown process:
Your tooth must be free from any bacteria, plaque, or food particles before the crowning process can begin. A thorough tooth cleaning is a crucial step that will help to prevent dental problems from occurring later on. If you require an in-depth cleaning, or if your tooth is damaged and painful then you will have numbing medication administered to the tooth so that you won't feel any of the preparation process.
Your dentist will make an impression of your tooth and. From this, your permanent crown will be molded. Once your general or cosmetic dentist has obtained the impression that shows your specific dental needs, you'll get a temporary crown. This will protect your tooth and sensitive nerves while the permanent crown is being created, which generally takes about two weeks. In certain situations, you may be able to have your full porcelain crown the same day, i.e. CEREC.
When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary crown. He or she will fit the permanent crown and ensure that it is a perfect match for your tooth and your mouth. Once your dentist is satisfied with the results, he or she will cement the crown in place, giving you a permanently sealed, protected, beautiful, and fully functional tooth.
If you need dental crowns, whether cosmetic or for repair then visit the dentistry providers at Cascade Dental in Vancouver. We offer a variety of services, both general and cosmetic, as well as services for children, to keep your whole family smiling and healthy. For an appointment, call us at (360) 213-1999 today.