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What to Expect When You're Getting a Dental Crown

March 5, 2020
Posted By: Lee J. Martin, DMD Staff

A dental crown is an excellent solution for a tooth that is damaged beyond what a filling can repair. If you have a cracked, decayed, or broken tooth, a dental crown restores form and function while also protecting your tooth root.

You might wonder what to expect during the process of getting your crown, and you'll be relieved to know that it's relatively straightforward.

Step 1: Preparing Your Tooth

The first step for completing your dental crown in Garden City is for your dentist to prepare or get your tooth ready for it. They do this by removing the damaged tooth structure and shaping the remaining tooth to fit your crown. Your crown will fit over your remaining tooth and provide the same shape and function that your natural tooth did.

Next, your dentist takes an impression of your tooth for the dental lab to make a replica and exact fit for your tooth. Last, your dentist creates a temporary crown for you to wear during the interim while the dental lab is handcrafting your new tooth.

Step 2: Placing Your New Crown

After two to three weeks, when your new crown is completed, you'll return to your dentist in Garden City to receive your new tooth. They will permanently place your crown and take this time to make any adjustments needed to ensure that your bite is functioning correctly.

Now you can chew, eat, talk, and smile with your new tooth!

Step 3: Protecting Your Investment

Your new crown is an investment in your smile, and the good news is that it's simple to care for! In fact, you'll be able to brush and carefully floss around your crown just like you did with your natural tooth. Regular checkups with your Garden City dentist every six months are also a good idea to help protect your new restoration.

If your tooth needs a crown, it is important not to delay your treatment. Putting off repairing your tooth means that tooth decay or other damage will get worse and could even result in a tooth infection. Contact Dr. Martin today to schedule your appointment.

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