Placing Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit on top of your damaged teeth to restore their size, strength, and appearance. They are permanent and serve as a long-term solution, lasting over 10 years with regular oral care.
There are different types of dental crowns, which are made of materials such as metal, resin, porcelain, and ceramics. Because of the benefits of ceramic crowns, these are the most popular. They look and feel the most like natural teeth and are relatively affordable.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
At Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, we schedule two appointments for your crown placement, about one week apart, unless you get a same-day crown. As same-day crowns are made on-site at our clinic, you will only have one appointment, and everything will be done that day.
First Appointment for Crown Placement
During your first appointment, we will start by examining your tooth. This will also include an x-ray to ensure no underlying infection, tooth decay, or other problem. If there is any cavity or a need for a root canal, we will take care of that first.
The next step is to prepare the tooth by filing it down so the crown can fit on top. How much we reshape the tooth depends on the type of dental crown and the state of your tooth. If too much of the tooth is damaged, we may have to build it back up using filling material. The final part of your first visit is making an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. We can do this with a putty-like paste or a digital scan, depending on the needs of your crown. This impression is sent to our dental lab, along with the color match, where the dental crown is made. In the meantime, we fit a temporary metal or resin crown on your tooth to keep it safe.
Second Appointment for Crown Placement
During your second appointment, we will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent one; first without cement, to ensure it is the correct size and comfortable for you. If there are any fitting issues, we may have to reshape your tooth further or file the crown slightly. It is essential that it is placed properly so that the crown does not hinder your bite or feel obtrusive. Once the crown fits properly, we will cement it in place.
We recommend you avoid hard or sticky foods for 24 hours so the crown can bind fully to your tooth. A dental crown does not need special care but should be brushed and flossed like a regular tooth. Following correct oral hygiene is the best way to extend the life of your crown.
For More Information Call Today!
At Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, our doctors Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman take great care to ensure your dental crown fits as precisely and snugly as possible. Our goal is to blend it seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, so you don’t even feel a crown is there. If you have any questions, call us today at (336) 444-2772 to learn more about our dental crowns and placement procedures.