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Some people think that applying a dental crown is as straightforward as situating a crown on top of a head or a cap onto a bottle of toothpaste, but it’s actually a little more intricate than that. There are a few steps involved with fitting dental crowns onto pearly whites, and we’ve laid them out here.

Preparing the tooth. Before our dentist can apply your new oral crown, they have to prepare the tooth receiving it. This means that they’ll mold your tooth — and in a few cases, they’ll install a foundation — before application. The amount of tooth the dentist will need will depend on the condition of your tooth and the type of crown you’ll be having applied.

Developing the impression. Once your tooth has been prepared, we’ll need to fashion an impression of your teeth, either with a mold or through digital means. The impression will be sent to an oral lab where your permanent crown will be developed. Although the impression will be created in about five minutes, you can expect to wait a couple of days to a couple of weeks for your crown to be completed.

Fitting the temporary crown. While your permanent crown is being made, you will wear a temporary crown in the area where your permanent crown will be placed. This is prepared by our dental laboratory, is regularly made of plastic, and will be installed with impermanent paste so we can remove it once your permanent crown is finished.

Fitting the permanent crown. After we’ve received your permanent crown from the dental lab, we’ll remove the temporary crown and make sure that the permanent crown is a good fit for your mouth. From time to time the permanent crown will need minor reshaping before we install it.

Dental crown application is perhaps more complicated than you thought, but the experience won’t be a tough one for you at Pooley Dentistry in Loves Park, Illinois. Call 815-968-5434 now to set up your next visit with Dr. Steven Pooley to make sure that your oral health future remains bright.