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What Is It Really Like to Get a Dental Crown?

July 14, 2021
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Posted By: Mountainside Family Dental
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If you’ve never received an artificial tooth crown before, you might have questions about the procedure and how it all works. Even if you have a dental crown now, your dentists in the past might not have fully explained why a crown is necessary or how we prepare your smile to accept it. 

The team at Mountainside Family Dental has put together a helpful outline about the dental crown procedure and what it’s really like:

Step 1: Preparing for a Tooth Crown

When your dentist recommends a dental crown, it’s usually because your natural tooth has some damage and is now vulnerable. 

Dental crowns help protect teeth by covering the damaged portion and replacing it with a sturdy and beautiful substitute. 

To prepare for a dental crown, your dentist will usually take an x-ray of that area of your mouth. Then, they will “shape” your tooth, which often requires changing its shape to make room for a new crown, and take an impression of the tooth so your dentist knows what the crown will look like and how it will fit into your smile. 

The last step in the preparation process is to place a temporary tooth crown that will stay in place only until the permanent crown is ready.

Step 2: Receiving a Dental Crown

On the day of your appointment to receive your new tooth crown, your dentist will start by thoroughly numbing the area around the tooth to keep you comfortable.

Then, your treatment team will remove your temporary tooth crown and clean the tooth and the area around it to ensure there is no debris or plaque of any kind. 

Once your tooth is fully clean, your dentist will use special dental cement to permanently attach it to your existing tooth structure and check many times for the proper fit, angle, and placement. 

Step 3: Caring for Your Crown 

After your dentist ensures the crown is the perfect fit within your smile, they will provide you with all the necessary post-op instructions and help you care for your new tooth crown. Even though your dental crown is strong and durable, you should be careful when chewing on it and applying too much pressure. 

Contact Our Mountainside Dentist Office Today!

And there you have it! We hope our brief outline of the dental crown placement procedure was helpful, but if you need more information about dental crowns in Mountainside, NJ, we will always assist you and answer your questions. Give Mountainside Family Dental a call today at (908) 232-6900 to schedule a consultation!

Our dentist office is located at 1132 Springfield Ave near Echo Lake Country Club in Mountainside. We happily serve patients of any age in the Union County area. 

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