A step-by-step breakdown of how your dentist crowns your tooth
#1: Job number one is to make sure the tooth is healthy enough to crown
Crowns are meant to be permanent. The last thing we want to do is put a crown on a sick tooth that can’t support it. So we take very strict measures to determine the viability of a crown:
- We use X-Rays to assess decay
- If the tooth is infected, we’ll have you work with one of our specialists for an assessment
#2: We prep the tooth
Since your new crown will be the same size as the tooth it covers, we must remove some of your existing tooth so the crown will fit. After numbing the area around your tooth, your dentist will then shape the tooth into the correct size for a permanent crown. If you are getting a bridge, we’ll prep the teeth on either side of your missing tooth.
Your dentist will take an impression of both your upper and lower teeth to ensure that your new crown fits your bite, and smile.
#4: Color matching
Your dentist will assess the color of your teeth and how they handle light. Then he or she will create a crown that best matches the look of your natural teeth.
#5: Creating a temporary crown
Your dentist will fit a temporary, resin crown over your tooth while your permanent crown is being made.
#6: Your final fitting
When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check it for fit and appearance. One your dentist puts it in place, he or she will check your bite and make final adjustments.
Last but not least, show the world your new smile!
While the average lifespan of a crown is 10 years, with proper care, it can last a lifetime. So show the world those gorgeous choppers for years to come!