Dental crowns are a fairly common procedure among most dentists. The crown is a cap or a covering that goes over an existing tooth or is put in place when there is a dental extraction and the gap left behind needs to be filled so that the other teeth do not start to move around into places that they should not be. Dental crowns are also helpful in keeping a smile looking white and perfect. The crown itself can be used to cover up a tooth that has yellowed beyond repair, a tooth that has started to come apart due to tooth decay and fillings, or even a tooth that has had a dental root canal and can no longer perform the functions needed of it as a normal tooth.
Depending on your dentist’s office, the process of getting a new dental crown is likely to take more than one dental visit – especially if the crown that is being applied is part of the process to replace a tooth that has been extracted. The first step typically involved in the process of getting the crown is all about making sure that it is going to be a perfect fit. The dentist will take measurements of the mouth to make sure that a dental crown is a good idea. These measurements will likely include X-rays so that they can confirm that the jaw bone and gums are in good condition and that there is room for the crown in the mouth. They may also want to asses the state of the surrounding teeth, because if there is an issue with the teeth that extends to more than one tooth, a dental bridge may be a better option than just a single crown.
Once the mouth has been assessed and it has been determined that a dental crown is a good option, the dentist will then take a mold of the teeth so that they can have a crown made. It is extremely important that the mold is done precisely, otherwise the crown that comes back from the lab will not be a perfect fit. Along with the mold of the teeth, the dentist will also do a color match. Unlike regular teeth, a crown will not change color with time, so it is important that the color matches the other teeth in the mouth when it is first put over the tooth. If the crown is too white or not white enough, it is going to be very obvious and will stand out against the other teeth. The dentist provides the lab with a number that corresponds to the color of the surrounding teeth, and then when the crown is made it is tinted so that it will match those teeth.
Once all of this is completed, the lab returns the crown to the dentist and the dentist using a permanent glue or cement to fix the crown over the tooth. They might sand down some of the edges first of the crown by hand in order to ensure a perfect fit.