When dealing with dentistry crowns, the tooth crown procedure is a two step process that I may recommend for the following conditions.
A dental crown is a tooth shaped cover that is placed over a broken, cracked or otherwise damaged tooth to restore it to its original shape and appearance. The art of the dental crown procedure is something that takes many years of experience to perfect and I have performed thousands of dental crown procedures in my almost 30 years in practice.
Many years ago, all crowns were made from metal, but today's modern materials have made it possible for me to use tooth-colored materials that match the hue and luster of your natural tooth. I always prefer to use ceramic or porcelain for most crowns. As a long-time crown dentist, it is my goal that your dental crown looks as natural as possible.
If I recommend a dental crown procedure, you will need to come into the office for two visits.
During the first visit, I carefully examine the tooth and gently prepare it for the placement of the crown. I usually take some x-rays to determine the health of tooth root and the bone surrounding it. If there is significant decay or the risk of an infection, I may first perform a root canal. Next I will completely anesthetize your tooth and the area surrounding it. If necessarily, I will also administer nitrous oxide. The tooth that will receive the dental crown will be made smaller so that there will be space for your crown. I will then make an impression of the tooth to make sure that the crown will fit properly and will not affect your natural bite.
Each crown is "custom manufactured" for each patient at a top dental lab. During the period of time that your permanent crown is being made, you will have a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
At the second visit, l remove the temporary crown and make sure the fit and color of the permanent crown is perfect. Again, your tooth and the surrounding area can completely anesthetized so that you will be totally comfortable and pain-free. I also offer nitrous oxide if you request it.
The final stage of the dental crown procedure is the setting of the permanent crown with special cement. You are then "good to go!"
Dental crowns are designed to last indefinitely, especially with good dental hygiene habits. With decades of experience as a crown dentist, my staff and myself are skilled in the art and science of dentistry crowns to help repair broken, cracked or otherwise damaged teeth.