In addition to improving the appearance of teeth, dental crowns serve a crucial role in the function of the teeth. They can protect weaker teeth, restore broken or cracked teeth, and restore a tooth with a broken filling or following a root canal. If a crown is recommended for your tooth, here is what you can expect during the procedure to place the crown:
First visit to dentist’s office: The tooth is prepped
A dental crown procedure usually takes two separate visits to the dentist’s office. First, Dr. Konig will examine to tooth and surrounding teeth to make sure it is strong enough to support a crown. He will prepare it by filing it down and removing any tooth decay as necessary in preparation for the next step.
He then takes an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth using a special putty to design a customized dental crown that’s as close to the shape and color of the natural tooth as possible. You will wear a temporary crown for a few weeks to protect the tooth while your permanent, custom crown is sent to the dental laboratory and created.
Second visit: The permanent crown is placed
Once the permanent crown is ready, you will return to the office to have the crown placed on your tooth. The temporary crown is removed, and then the dentist will position it for proper fit and appearance. Small adjustments may need to be made to the shape of the crown. The dentist will then fasten the crown to the tooth using special dental cement.
Once excess dental cement has been removed and the tooth cleaned, Dr. Konig will give you specific instructions to care for your new crown. After the crown is set, you may find it takes some getting used to feeling it in your mouth, but the crown will feel like it belongs in no time.
Our state-of-the-art dental crowns can strengthen your teeth and make your smile even more attractive and confident. A comprehensive consultation will make sure you feel comfortable and more empowered to make an informed decision about your dental care. Call 713-425-1302 for a consultation with Dr. Konig and our experienced staff.