Dental crowns serve many purposes. They can protect a tooth after a root canal or a large filling, support a dental bridge, or even cover a misshapen tooth. Regardless of why you need a crown, the result is a strong and aesthetically pleasing restoration.
If you're gearing up to get a crown at Dr. Darj Dental in El Paso, Texas, you're likely wondering what the process entails and what you can expect during and after the procedure. Here, Mehrnoosh Darj, DDS, explains the entire process step-by-step.
What to expect during your first appointment
The process for getting a dental crown requires two appointments. During your first appointment, you undergo the bulk of the work:
Dr. Darj conducts a thorough examination of the affected tooth. This may involve X-rays to assess the extent of damage and confirm that a dental crown is right for you.
For example, if you arrive with severe pain and a periapical abscess, Dr. Darj may consider the pros and cons of extracting your tooth versus performing a root canal followed by placing a crown. If she can save your tooth, you’ll receive the necessary treatments 一 in this example, a root canal 一 before moving on to the next steps for getting your crown.
Tooth preparation and impressions
Once the assessment is complete, the next step involves preparing the tooth for the crown. Dr. Darj addresses any decay or damage first and then removes a thin layer of enamel to shape your tooth to accommodate the crown. A local anesthetic keeps you comfortably numb during this tooth prep.
Dr. Darj then takes impressions of your prepared tooth 一 these impressions serve as a model for crafting your custom crown 一 and places a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you wait for the permanent crown.
Your impressions go to a lab, where your permanent crown is custom-made. This process can take a couple of weeks, so be sure to eat gently with your temporary crown while you wait.
What to expect at your second appointment
When you return to our office for your permanent crown, Dr. Darj removes the temporary crown and permanently secures your new crown, bonding it with a special cement.
It's normal to experience some sensitivity initially, but this subsides quickly. If you notice any discomfort or if the crown feels uneven, don't hesitate to let us know.
What to expect after you get your crown
After the crown is in place, Dr. Darj provides instructions on caring for your new dental restoration. This may include recommendations on oral hygiene practices and dietary adjustments to ensure the longevity of your crown.
Continue to practice good at-home oral care, schedule routine cleanings, and avoid using your teeth (and the crown) to bite non-food items.
Long-term benefits of dental crowns
Long after the initial procedure to get your crown, you can expect to reap the benefits. Your new crown blends in with the rest of your teeth, strengthens your tooth, and can even play a role in replacing a missing tooth (if your crown is part of a bridge or implant).
The result? A beautiful, functional smile that enables you to smile, eat, and speak with confidence!
If you have questions about getting a dental crown, give us a call at 915-213-3767. You can also use our online booking tool to request your next appointment.