Dental crowns surround and protect natural teeth following damage or another dental procedure, such as a root canal. In order to prepare a tooth for a dental crown, your dentist first gets the tooth completely numb. Any damage or tooth decay is removed from the tooth to ensure it is stable. The damaged areas are filled in with a filling-like material, and then the tooth is prepared for the crown placement by removing the remaining enamel. Two weeks later, after an impression has been taken, a natural-looking porcelain crown is bonded to the tooth, restoring its intended appearance and strength.
Teeth can be prepared for crowns in both emergency and routine situations, whether due to trauma or perhaps just an old filling that may have been too big. In both situations, your dentist ensures your tooth is completely numb using a combination of two anesthetics: Articaine and Marcaine. While dental crown preparations are far less invasive than an extraction or a root canal, the dentists at DDSNow Urgent Dental Care strive to ensure you feel no pain, regardless of the procedure. Needless to say, you will not experience any pain during your crown procedure.
Alongside fillings, crowns are one of the most common dental procedures in the world. Teeth are routinely prepared for crowns both in general dental practices, as well as urgent dental offices. Crowns are a time-tested treatment for fractures and decay, and you can expect them to last for decades.
The crown process is technically two visits: one to prepare the tooth and take an impression, and one to deliver or place the crown. Generally, the preparation appointment is longer and usually takes about an hour. You leave the first visit with a temporary crown, which is removed and replaced with the permanent crown at the second visit. The placement of the permanent crown usually takes about 30 minutes, assuming everything goes as expected.
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