What’s the procedure?
Crowns are usually placed over two appointments.
You will first have an initial consultation with your dentist where all treatment options will be discussed. If it is decided that a crown is the best treatment route for you, your tooth will be prepared for a crown placement.
The first stage is to clean the tooth, remove any decay and reshape – which is usually completed under local anaesthetic.
Once the tooth is prepared and impression of your teeth will be taken and sent off to a dental laboratory. This impression is the guide the dental technician will use to fabricate your new crown to fit perfectly. Your crown may take a few weeks to be made so in the meantime your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown.
On your second visit your temporary crown will be removed and the outer surface of your prepared tooth will be made rough so that the dental cement has a good surface to bond to. Your dentist will simply sit the crown over the prepared tooth to see if it fits correctly and to make sure you are happy with the aesthetics of the crown. Once you are both happy with everything, your dentist will cement the crown firmly into place.