You were enjoying lunch with an old friend when the unthinkable happened! Your tooth cracked when you bit into your sandwich. While it's not sensitive, it's missing a piece and doesn't feel very comfortable in your mouth. Your dentist says you need a crown to restore your tooth back to optimum health and function. What can you expect from the procedure?
Preparation for Your Crown
Completing a dental crown typically takes two appointments with your dentist. During your first visit, your dentist prepares your tooth for your new crown by taking impressions of your teeth to be sent to a dental laboratory, where it will be handcrafted. This process typically takes one to two weeks to complete.
Your Temporary Crown
Your dentist will also create a temporary crown during your first appointment for you to wear while you are waiting for your permanent restoration to be completed. Wearing your temporary crown will help you get used to how your permanent crown is going to look and feel.
After your permanent crown is completed, you'll return to our office to have your final restoration permanently placed. At this time your dentist will make any adjustments needed to ensure that your bite is accurate and comfortable for you.
If you find yourself in need of a dental crown in Maryland Heights, Hazelwood and Brigeton, MO it's essential that you don't delay your treatment. Putting off a crown allows decay to progress deeper into your tooth and could result in an infection, which would then also require root canal therapy to restore your tooth.
If your tooth is cracked, delaying your treatment could allow bacteria into your tooth, which could lead to decay and infection.
Be proactive about restoring your smile and your oral health by calling Dr. Kevin Burgdorf today to schedule your crown appointment.