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What to Know about the Dental Crown Procedure

December 13, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Matthew Wenzel
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Have you been told you need a dental crown to repair a worn or broken tooth? Getting a new crown is not complex, and the reward is a tooth that is healthy and functions comfortably. Webster Groves Dental offers high quality crowns for teeth, and Dr. Matthew Wenzel, DMD uses crowns for a variety of procedures. 

What Does a Dental Crown Do?

A crown is a tooth-shaped shell of porcelain or other material designed to encase a damaged tooth or one with extensive decay. Your dentist in Webster Groves, MO will determine the most appropriate material needed in your case, depending on where the tooth is located and how much chewing force it must absorb.

The Dental Crown Procedure in Webster Groves, MO

Getting a crown for your tooth at Webster Groves Dental, is a process that takes place over two appointments spaced 2–3 weeks apart.

First Dental Crown Appointment

The first appointment with your dentist confirms whether or not you need a crown. If the tooth is broken, cracked, worn, or has extensive decay, your dentist will x-ray it to determine the extent of the damage.

If a crown is appropriate for your needs, the first step is to numb the tooth to ensure a pain-free procedure. The dentist must remove a layer of tooth enamel to make room for the new restoration to fit properly.

Next, an impression is taken of the prepared tooth that a custom dental lab uses to fabricate your final crown. A temporary is placed on the tooth to protect it until your new crown is ready, and a shade of white is carefully selected to ensure your new restoration perfectly matches the surrounding teeth.

Second Dental Crown Appointment

The second appointment occurs when your final crown returns from the dental lab. Your dentist will carefully remove the temporary, clean the tooth, and fit the final crown. They will make adjustments as necessary to ensure proper fit and bite, then cement the restoration on the tooth.

That’s all there is to it! Your dental crown can last up to 20 years or longer when you brush and floss conscientiously and visit your dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings every six months.

Contact Us for High-Quality Dental Crowns in Webster Groves, MO

At Webster Groves Dental, Dr. Matthew Wenzel will work closely with you to ensure that a dental crown is the most suitable option for your needs. He works with the top-rated dental labs in our area that use the highest-quality materials to create beautiful, long-lasting tooth crowns. Call our dentist office at (314) 918-9666 to schedule an appointment at Webster Groves Dental

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