Preparing the Tooth
During your initial visit, the dentist will anesthetize your tooth and shave it down. This ensures that it is strong enough to take the crown and that all the decay has been removed. Once the tooth has been shaped, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth by drying it out and placing putty around it and surrounding teeth. The putty creates a solid impression after sitting on the tooth for a few minutes. Some dental offices are able to make optical impressions that don’t require putty. After the impression is made, the dentist will place a temporary crown on your tooth while the impression gets sent to the lab.
Placing the Crown
When you return in one to two weeks, the dentist will place the crown. For this appointment you don’t need any anesthesia. The dentist will have you inspect the look of the crown before placing it, and he or she will check the placement before affixing it to the tooth. Once both you and the dentist are satisfied, he or she will place cement inside the crown and then seat the crown on your tooth. The dentist will then scrape away any excess cement.
Dental crowns are much less scary than many people think. The process is pretty simple, and the crown will help protect your tooth from further decay. To learn about dental crowns in Santa Cruz, please visit this website.