PREPARING THE TOOTH AND DENTAL CROWN
During your first visit, Dr. Evans will prepare the tooth to be crowned by removing any decay in or around it and then sculpting the tooth so the dental crown fits easily.
An impression of your teeth is then taken and sent to the dental lab where permanent, custom-made dental crowns are created (this usually takes one to two weeks). During this interim period, a temporary dental crown made of an acrylic resin is fitted onto the teeth.
On your next visit, Dr. Evans will remove the temporary dental crown and fit the permanent dental crown onto the tooth. In this process, he will first make sure the crown has the proper look and fit and then cement the crown into place.
MAINTAINING YOUR NEW DENTAL CROWN
Treat your new dental crown as you would take care of your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing to help keep the teeth, gums, and dental crowns free from the bacteria that can cause gum disease. Chewing on hard foods such as ice or pistachios should be avoided because over time, they can cause dental crowns to crack or break. Given proper oral hygiene, dental crowns can last several decades and may last a lifetime.