First, your mouth will be cleaned and the treatment area will be numbed. Then, Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will use specialized tools to remove any decayed or damaged enamel from your tooth and it will be shaped into a strong, stable platform for your new crown.
After your tooth has been prepared, we will take impressions and images of your mouth. This information will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown will be made. Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will place a temporary crown that you’ll wear for the next 2-3 weeks while your permanent crown is built.
When it arrives at our office, you will come back in for a final appointment. Your crown will be checked to ensure a perfect fit, then it will be bonded into place to complete the procedure.
Dental crowns are extremely durable and long-lasting. Typically, a crown will last at least 15-20 years. In addition, porcelain crowns are completely stain-resistant and will never become stained or discolored.
Crowns are also the best way to prevent further complications and protect your tooth if it has been damaged. They are custom-built to cover up all of your remaining enamel and protect it from decay. Your crown will also look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth, restoring both your bite and your smile.
You can treat your new dental crown just like you would treat a natural tooth. Brush it at least twice daily and floss once per day. In addition, it’s important to see Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson every six months for a routine checkup at Carlson Family Dentistry.