How your dentist crowns a tooth, step-by-step
First: We make sure the tooth is healthy enough to crown
Crowns are permanent. Putting a crown on a sick tooth is like building a house on a broken foundation. Before we even think about putting on a crown, we have to make sure the tooth can support it.
- We use X-Rays to assess decay
- If the tooth shows signs of an infection, we will have you work with one of our specialists for evaluation
Second: We prep the tooth
Your new crown will be the same size as the tooth it covers, which means we need to remove some of your existing tooth so the crown can fit. Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth and then shape the tooth into the right size for a permanent crown. If you’re getting a bridge, we’ll prep the teeth on either side of your missing tooth.
Your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth so that the crown fits your smile.
Fourth: Color matching
Your teeth are unique to you, especially their color and how they handle light. Creating a crown that matches the natural look of your teeth is important.
Fifth: A temporary crown
While your permanent crown is being made, your dentist will fit a temporary, resin crown over your tooth.
Sixth: Final fitting
When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check it for fit and appearance. Once it is in place, your dentist will check your bite and make final adjustments.
Last: Enjoy that new smile!
The average lifespan of a crown is about 10 years, but well-cared for crowns can last a lifetime. If you get a crown, prepare to smile on for years to come.