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What Happens During the Dental Crown Preparation Process?

November 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 1:14 am
Dental patient holding mirror, admiring his new crown

If your dentist has informed you that you need a dental crown, it is understandable if you are a little nervous about the road ahead. The good news is that you have nothing to worry about. Your care team will do all they can to help you have an easy treatment experience. But what exactly happens during the dental crown preparation process? This blog post provides an overview of the road in front of you.

Removal of Decay and Infection

Very often, a tooth that requires a crown has damaged or decayed areas that need to be removed. Your dentist will carefully use a drill or air abrasion to work on those areas so that the decay or damage will not spread after the crown is in place.

In some cases, root canal therapy is necessary before crown placement. The treatment removes infected tissue from a tooth’s innermost chamber.

Cleaning and Shaping the Tooth

After any areas of decay or infection are removed, your dental team will thoroughly clean the tooth. In some cases, the tooth must also be filled in with an inert material called gutta-percha or filed down to make it a bit smaller. When the tooth is the proper shape to fit beneath its crown, it will be smoothed out.

Placement of the Temporary Crown

Once your tooth is ready and your dental team has taken impressions of your smile, you will receive a temporary crown to serve as a protective shield around your prepared tooth. Usually, temporary crowns are made out of sturdy stainless steel.

Once you leave the dental office, you may have to wait a week or so before you come back for a second appointment, during which the temporary crown will be replaced by a permanent restoration. Permanent crowns are often constructed of lifelike materials, such as porcelain.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

Granted, some parts of the dental crown treatment process might seem a little intimidating — especially the parts that involve removing part of your tooth. Here are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • Your dental team wants you to be comfortable. Your mouth will be numbed, and you may be eligible for sedation as well.
  • Any soreness will be temporary. After your preparation appointment(s), your tooth and gums may be sensitive and sore. However, these issues usually dissipate within a few days to a week or so.
  • Getting a crown can protect your long-term oral health. Your crown may spare you from future pain and prevent the need for an extraction.

There is no need to be afraid of the dental crown treatment process. Ask your dentist if you have questions or concerns about the road in front of you.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Erin Page is an experienced general dentist who offers a wide range of treatments, including high-quality crowns, air abrasion, and relaxing dental sedation. If you believe you need to have one or more teeth repaired, she and our team are ready to walk you through the treatment process, answer your questions, and do all we can to get your oral health back on track. Contact Capital Smiles at 518-374-0317.

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