A dental crown is, quite simply, a “cap” that goes over an existing tooth in order to strengthen, restore, or improve its appearance. A crown can be made out of metal, porcelain, or a combination of both.
If you go to a professional dentist Riverside it should usually take no more than two appointments to place a crown.
Step 1: During the first appointment, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area, and then shape the tooth in order to make space to accommodate the crown. If the tooth is too small or weak to hold a crown, the dentist may “build up” the tooth.
Step 2: Afterward, an impression (or “mold”) is taken and sent to the lab where they will make the custom crown. The dentist will then make a temporary crown out of a plastic-type material in order to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
Step 3: At the next visit, the dentist will take out the temporary crown, make sure the fit and color of the new crown are correct, and then cement it in place and make sure it aligns with the other teeth and overall bite.