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The dental crown procedure takes two visits to our office. During the first appointment, we’ll file down your tooth and take dental impressions to send to the lab.
After that, we’ll fit your tooth with a temporary crown until it’s ready to be replaced with the permanent restoration during your next appointment. Contact us today to learn more.
Continue reading for a more in-depth explanation of the dental crown procedure.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown restores a fragile tooth to its original strength and appearance. Our dentist may recommend a dental crown if your tooth has a large crack, cavity, or filling that has compromised its structural integrity. A crown acts like a “tooth cap” because it fits over your entire tooth, from the chewing surface to the gum line.
Emergency Dental Care
Don’t ignore a toothache! Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. For example, a cavity or crack in your tooth could be the source of your dental pain.
While over-the-counter pain relievers provide temporary respite from the pain, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with our office for a long-term solution. The only way to make your toothache disappear for good is to treat the root of the problem.
During your appointment, Dr. VanSlambrouck will examine your teeth and gums. He’ll also take x-rays to see if there are any problems lurking beneath the surface. Once he diagnoses the problem, he’ll recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
Keep in mind that not all problems are fixed with a dental crown. For example, you may only need a composite filling to treat a tooth with a small cavity. Likewise, a deeply infected tooth will need root canal therapy. Dr. VanSlambrouck has years of experience treating patients of all ages and will be able to determine the best solution to restore your oral health.
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Once Dr. VanSlambrouck determines that a dental crown is the best solution, he’ll prepare your tooth for the procedure. First, he’ll need to file down your tooth so the dental crown will fit over top. He’ll then take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab.
Unlike other offices, we have an intraoral camera to take detailed 3D images inside your mouth. This means that we won’t have you bite down on a tray filled with pink impression putty to take impressions of your teeth. Our intraoral camera is about the same size as a toothbrush and won’t trigger your gag reflex. The comfort of our patients is always one of our top priorities.
Once we’ve taken dental impressions, we’ll place a temporary crown on your tooth. This temporary crown will protect your tooth while you wait for the lab to make your permanent restoration.
Our office will call you once your permanent dental crown arrives from the lab. During your appointment, we’ll remove your temporary crown and replace it with the permanent restoration. Before cementing the permanent dental crown to your tooth, Dr. VanSlambrouck will make sure it’s the correct size, color, and shape.
The dental crown needs to not only fit over your tooth but blend in with the rest of your smile so it looks natural. Once Dr. VanSlambrouck is pleased with how your dental crown looks and fits, he’ll bond it to your tooth.
Take care of your dental crown like you do the rest of your smile. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily to remove dental plaque. Our dentist may also recommend you swish with fluoride mouth rinse to give your smile that added bit of protection.
Call VanSlambrouck Family Dentistry
Dr. VanSlambrouck will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the dental crown procedure. As a dental practice, we always want to make sure our patients feel comfortable and informed about each procedure they undergo. To request an appointment with our dentist in Holland, MI, call VanSlambrouck Family Dentistry at (616) 394-4700.