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Some people believe that fitting 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 bit 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 oral crown, they have to prep the tooth receiving it. This means they’ll shape your tooth — and in some cases, they’ll install a foundation — before application. The amount of tooth the dentist will need will depend on the state of your tooth and the type of crown you’ll be having installed.

Creating the impression. Once your tooth has been prepared, we’ll need to fashion an impression of your pearly whites, either with a mold or through digital means. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown will be created. Although the impression will be made in about five minutes, you can expect to wait a couple of days to a couple of weeks for your crown to be completed — it will be built to last, so the wait is worth it.

Applying the temporary crown. While your permanent crown is being made, you will wear a temporary crown in the spot where your permanent crown will be placed. This is prepared by our dental workshop, is typically made of plastic, and will be fitted with temporary cement so we can remove it once your permanent crown is ready.

Installing the permanent crown. After we’ve received your permanent crown from the dental lab, we’ll remove the temporary crown and ensure that the permanent crown is a tight fit for your oral cavity. Occasionally the permanent crown will need minor reshaping before we install it.

A dental crown application is perhaps more complicated than you thought, but the experience won’t be a hard one for you at Pollary Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Call 719-591-0750 now to schedule your next visit with Dr. Kenneth Pollary to make sure that your oral health future stays bright.