Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits – the first step involves examining and preparing the tooth, the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.
First visit: Before the process of making a crown begins, we will anesthetize (numb) the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth. Next, the tooth receiving the crown is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. After reshaping the tooth, we will use a paste or putty to make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth to receive the dental crown will also be made to make sure that the crown will not affect your bite. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where the crown will be manufactured.
Second visit: At the second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown.
We use Zirconium crowns – Zirconium is a very strong substance that can endure wear and tear of everyday use. When looking at Zirconium crowns from an aesthetic point it is clear and very similar to a natural tooth and reflects light the same way. This may be important if your new crowns are on the front of your mouth and it is particularly relevant in cases where the crown will be seen next to the natural teeth.