What’s the process of getting a crown?
Your overall health and peace of mind are important to us. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, getting a crown, or coming to the dentist, let us know. We would love to answer your questions and make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Getting a crown is a very common and straight-forward procedure. Here’s how it’s done:
Examining and preparing the tooth
A numbing agent will be carefully applied to the area before a local anesthetic is used to numb your gums, teeth and tissue. If your tooth is affected by decay, we will remove damaged areas and clean it. Your tooth will be reshaped so the crown can fit overtop. Modern crowns are made so accurately, a very conservative amount of your natural tooth will need to be removed.
A Good Impression
An impression of your mouth will be taken to ensure your new crown fits perfectly over your prepared tooth and blends in seamlessly with its neighbours. While your new crown is being made, a temporary crown will be placed to help protect your prepared tooth and keep you comfortable.
Placing the Crown
During your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed and the new permanent crown will be permanently cemented in place. We may make a few final adjustments to make sure its a perfect fit. Lastly, we’ll give your new crown a quick polish and then you’re ready to go!
Frequently Asked Questions
If the tooth needs to be shaped or prepared in advance, you might experience some discomfort. Your comfort is a priority for us. If you’re nervous about any dental procedure, please let us know.
With proper care and maintenance, a crown can last 10 years or more.
A dental crown is maintained just like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your dental crown, and the supporting gum around it, healthy and clean. Regular cleanings and checkups at your dentist are essential to your oral health.
You must speak with your insurance provider to find out if they will cover your crown. After your initial consultation, we can provide you with a quote to take to your insurance provider.
For dental crowns which cap an existing tooth, a post may be needed if there isn’t enough healthy tooth left over to hold a crown. The post is cemented into a prepared root canal and acts as a sturdy, reinforced base and core of your dental crown.