What to Expect When Getting a Dental Crown

January 4, 2021 Lakeshore Dentistry

holland dental crown dentistsA dental crown restores a fragile tooth to its natural strength and appearance.

There are many reasons why we may recommend a dental crown. For example, you may have a cracked, decayed, or stained tooth. But only a dentist will be able to determine if a dental crown is right for you.

Here’s what you can expect during the tooth crown procedure, which takes two trips to our office.

Consultation

First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. During your appointment, we’ll take X-rays and one of our dentists will examine the inside of your mouth. With this information, they’ll be able to offer a solution to restore the function and appearance of your smile.

If your dentist determines that you’re a candidate for a tooth crown, you’ll move onto the next step.

Keep in mind that not everyone is a candidate for a dental crown. In general, we always recommend the least invasive course of treatment to restore your oral health. For example, you may only need a dental filling to restore a tooth with a small cavity.

In the end, you won’t know if you need a crown until you see one of our dentists.

Tooth Preparation

Next, the dentist will need to prepare your tooth for the dental crown to sit on top. To do this, they’ll need to shave down your tooth so there’s enough room. Otherwise, the dental crown will make your tooth look bulky and feel uncomfortable.

Once we’ve removed enough tooth structure, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them to the lab. From there, the lab will use your impressions to create a dental crown that looks and feels natural.

While you wait for your permanent restoration, we’ll protect your tooth in the meantime with a temporary crown.

Permanent Crown Placement

When you return for your second appointment, we’ll replace your temporary crown with the permanent one.

Before anything happens though we’ll make sure that the new crown is the perfect size, shape, and color. That way, your new dental crown will match the rest of your smile. Also, people won’t be able to tell the difference between your dental crown and other teeth.

At-Home Care

Be sure to take care of your tooth like you do the rest of your smile. That way, your new dental crown will last for years to come.

We strongly encourage you to practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You’ll also need to floss your teeth once a day. These combined efforts will remove any dental plaque so you can avoid gum disease, cavities, and other oral health issues.

When you come back for routine teeth cleanings and other preventive care, we’ll take a look at your crown to monitor its condition. According to WebMD, the average dental crown can last up to 15 years when you take good care of your smile.

Request an Appointment With Us

Our Holland dentists would be more than happy to help you achieve your smile goals. To request an appointment, call the Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center at (616) 399-3946.