What Happens in a Dental Crown Procedure?
Typically, the procedure for a dental crown takes two visits. For the first visit, we must prepare the tooth. We may do X-rays as part of the preparation. We also may do an impression of your child’s mouth beforehand for a baseline. Next, we will file the tooth, removing the damage and part of the outer layer of the tooth and reshape it to receive a crown. We then make another impression of your child’s mouth. This impression is for the crown. We form a temporary crown or cap for your child’s tooth, and that completes the first visit. We send the impressions of your child’s tooth and jaw to a special lab that is responsible for creating the dental crown.
Your second visit will be scheduled for when the dental crown is completed. Your child’s temporary crown will be removed, and we will thoroughly clean and prepare the tooth. We will check the fit of the crown to the tooth before adhering it. The dental crown will be placed on the tooth and sealed.
Generally, while they have the temporary resin crown, we advise our patients to avoid sticky, sugary, chewy candies, gum, or hard foods. Minimizing the chewing on the side of the mouth with the temporary crown is also a good idea. The temporary crown is-after all-only temporary and we want that temporary crown to last until the permanent crown is ready.