Dental Crown Procedure

Dental Crown Procedure

If you have a damaged or decaying tooth, a dental crown is oftentimes the chosen dental procedure to replace the troublesome tooth. A dental crown is a permanent tooth replacement that looks and feels exactly like a healthy and normal tooth, allowing you to have a complete, beautiful smile. While many are familiar with what a dental crown is, few know the actual dental crown process. University Dental in San Diego is happy to provide the step by step dental crown procedure, helping to educate potential future patients about the details of the procedure. To learn more or to schedule a dental crown consultation, contact us today by calling (619) 582-4224.

The Step by Step Dental Crown Procedure

Two visits to the dentist are needed to complete the dental crown process. Below we will detail the step by step dental crown procedure, starting with the first visit:

  1. The damaged tooth will be thoroughly examined. Your dentist will take X-rays of the tooth and the surrounding bone to observe the extent of the damage.
  2. Based on the examination, the best treatment method will be determined. For example, if your dentist determined that the pulp of the tooth is at risk for infection, a root canal may need to be completed prior to placing a crown.
  3. If a dental crown is determined to be the best treatment option, the top and sides of the tooth will be filed down to clear space for the crown. If too much of the tooth is already missing, then some material will be used to fill the missing space in order to properly place the crown.
  4. Once the tooth is filed down to the proper size, an impression of the tooth is made. The impression is a copy of the damaged tooth that will be receiving the crown, usually made using putty or a paste. Impressions will also be made of the teeth above and below the damaged tooth to make sure that the crown presents no issues to your natural bite.

Once the impressions are complete, your dentist will likely fashion a temporary crown to wear during the time between the first visit and the second visit. Once the visit is complete, the impressions will be sent to a lab and a permanent crown will be made based on the impressions. It usually takes around two to three weeks to complete the crown, and once the permanent crown is ready you will be called in for the second phase of the dental crown process. During the second visit:

  1. To prepare you for placement of the permanent crown, the temporary crown will be removed.
  2. The permanent crown will be compared to the rest of your teeth, making sure the size, shape, and color of the crown match the rest of your teeth as well as the existing damaged tooth.
  3. If the crown looks like a match, your dentist will apply a numbing agent to the tooth and the area surrounding the tooth to minimize any discomfort.
  4. The permanent crown is cemented into place, giving you a perfect replacement tooth.

Dental Crowns in San Diego at University Dental

If you have damaged or decaying teeth, come to University Dental in San Diego for a dental crown. We have years of experience completing the dental crown process, completing each and every step of the dental crown procedure with precision and expertise. If you are interested in learning more about the step by step dental crown procedure or would like to schedule a dental crown consultation, contact us today by calling (619) 582-4224.