Restoring Your Missing Tooth With A Dental Implant

10 February 2023
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Receiving a crown is a routine dental treatment for repairing severe tooth damage. Crowns can discretely restore a tooth's appearance and integrity. These tooth coverings are custom-made to match the patient's smile as closely as possible. This can even include adjusting the shade of the crown to better match the color of the patient's teeth. 

A Mold Of The Tooth Will Be Taken To Ensure The Crown Fits Correctly

The dental crown will have to fit the patient's tooth perfectly. Otherwise, it may feel loose and unstable. When possible, the dentist may want a mold of the damaged tooth. This mold allows the dentist to craft a crown that matches the tooth's shape and size. After the mold dries, it is sent to a special lab for crafting the dental crown. A dentist with an on-site facility may take only a few hours. However, it is more common for dental clinics to send these molds to special facilities equipped to make the crown. If this is the case, it could be up to a week or longer before the crown is ready for placement.

The Dentist Will Make Space For The Crown

Dental crowns are thin, but they will still require some space. As a result, a portion of the tooth's outer layer must be removed before the crown can be applied. In addition to removing a thin layer of the tooth's enamel, this procedure may also involve adjusting the tooth's shape. These adjustments are necessary when the tooth's damage causes it to become misshapen. If you are concerned about the pain this process causes, a numbing agent can dull the sensation in the tooth. As a result, you will likely feel minimal discomfort throughout the crown placement procedure. After the numbing agent wears off, your tooth may be tender or sore. However, this should fade within a matter of hours after the treatment.

A Powerful Adhesive Holds The Dental Crown In Place

During the years that you have your dental crown, it may experience intense forces. Holding the crown in place on the tooth requires a powerful dental cement. While this dental cement can be extremely powerful, it can degrade after many years. When the dental cement starts to weaken, the crown may feel loose when you bite. Luckily, a dentist can resecure the crown when this starts to develop. However, you must promptly correct this issue. Otherwise, the loose crown could rapidly worsen and fall out.

Contact a local dental office to learn more about same-day crowns.