It takes two appointments to
restore your tooth with a crown. That's because a crown is custom-crafted in a
dental laboratory to precisely fit your tooth.
To make the entire process comfortable for you, the first thing your dentist
will do is make the affected area thoroughly numb. Then any decay is removed
with the handpiece, and the tooth is shaped.
Sometimes, to make a more accurate impression of the teeth, a piece of
string is placed between the tooth and the gums. This gently pushes the gums
away from the tooth.
Impressions create an accurate working model of the mouth, including the
prepared tooth. This helps to re-create your natural bite.
For the week or two that it takes the dental lab to fabricate your new
crown, you'll be wearing a temporary crown. At the next visit, the temporary
crown is removed and you'll try out your new crown. When everything looks good,
the new crown is cemented into place, and the procedure is complete.