We rarely think of our oral health until something unusual occurs. Imagine you're sitting down to enjoy a nice meal when your tooth chips or cracks on something in the meal!
Now you have a part of your tooth that's in your hand, but the tooth that's still in place isn't in pain. It just feels different and uncomfortable.
Your restorative dentist, Dr. Gary Michaelson, might recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth to its original function and health (often even stronger than before).
What does the procedure look like?
Prepping Your Tooth for Your Dental Crown
Prior to any dental procedure, Dr. Michaelson will examine the state of your teeth and gums to ensure that the foundation is healthy.
A dental crown typically takes two dental appointments at Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. During your first appointment with us, Dr. Michaelson will evaluate your options and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
If we decide to move forward, we will prepare your tooth for the new dental crown after taking digital impressions that we send to the dental laboratory for fabrication. This can typically take one or two weeks for custom-detailed, hand-crafted beautiful restorations.
We may administer a local anesthetic to numb the area, so patients are always comfortable.
Your Temporary Dental Crown
Using your impressions, Dr. Michaelson will create a model for a temporary crown that will fit your smile. Patients can wear this temporary restoration as they wait for their permanent dental crowns to complete fabrication. This is a good time for patients to adjust to the look, feel, and function of their dental crown.
We work together with patients to select a tooth shade that blends seamlessly with their smile. Once we're happy with the fit and shade, it's just a matter of waiting.
Your Final Fit
As soon as your permanent dental crown is ready for you, we'll ask you to come in and see how it fits. Your restorative dentist will make any adjustments needed so that your bite is snug, precise, and comfortable.
Do You Need a Dental Crown in Orlando?
If you have chipped, cracked, or broken tooth that needs to be protected and strengthened, you may be interested in dental crowns. At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, it's essential that patients treat and restore their oral health and avoid tooth decay and infection.