What to Expect in a Dental Crown Procedure

Your dentist may recommend a crown for a number of reasons: you have a missing tooth and need a bridge; you have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened; you have had a root canal treatment; or you wish to improve your smile for cosmetic reasons.

A crown is a cover or cap your dentist can put on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make a damaged tooth stronger, improve the way a tooth looks, and as a bridge for missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.

The procedure for installing a dental crown normally takes two separate dentist visits. At your first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth to make sure that it can support a crown, then begin filing it down to prepare for the crown. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.

After the tooth is filed or filled to the proper shape, an impression is made to provide an exact model for the crown. The impression will then be sent away to a dental lab for the permanent crown to be made. You will get a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent crown to be ready – which typically takes around two weeks.

When the permanent crown is ready, you will have your second visit. At this appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and then the dentist will position and fasten the new crown to the tooth with a special adhesive.

Once complete, and after a short adjustment period, your new crown should look, function, and feel like a regular tooth. If you have any questions about your dental implants in Chicago, IL, after your procedure, be sure to talk to your dentist.