James Frizzell, DDS, offers a comprehensive range of general and cosmetic procedures at his Niagara Falls, Ontario, dental practice. James Frizzell, DDS, has been a dentist in the Niagara Falls community for more than 22 years, in which time he has performed numerous crown procedures.
Patients require dental crowns for a variety of reasons. A tooth may have become weakened through the application of a large filling, or it may have broken due to injury. Other patients require crowns to protect a root canal, a dental implant, or a bridge. Whatever the reason, the procedure is generally the same.
A patient receiving a crown must first visit the dentist for examination and preparation. The dentist must be sure that the root and bone are strong enough and not at risk of infection from the crown itself. If the pulp is at risk or very decayed, the patient may require root canal treatment in advance of crown preparation.
The dentist will then numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue, so that he or she can file down the surface of the tooth to make space for the crown. In some cases, the dentist will also build up the tooth using filling material so that the crown has adequate support.
Once the tooth is ready, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth using a soft and malleable material. This impression then gets sent to a laboratory that manufactures the crown, which typically arrives at the dentist’s office a few weeks after the initial appointment. During this time, the patient wears a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
When the permanent crown arrives, the patient must return to the dentist for fitting and cementing it in place. It may take a bit of time for the patient to become acclimated to the crown, although it should quickly begin to feel like a natural component of the mouth.