Getting a dental crown is a multi-step process that often requires at least two visits to the dentist. Here are some things your dentist may need to do when placing your crown:
- The first thing your dentist will do is take X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has decay or if there is a risk for infection or injury, your dentist may need to perform a root canal.
- Before placing the crown, your dentist may need to build up the foundation for the crown, especially if your tooth is so broken or decayed that it will not support the crown. One type of foundation is called a post-and-core foundation.
- When the dentist sees that the foundation is ready, he or she will file the tooth that is getting the crown. This step is important to make sure that the crown fits correctly on the damaged tooth.
- The next step is to get a temporary crown placed so that your tooth is protected while the permanent crown is made in a special laboratory. The permanent crown may be made of metal, porcelain that is fused to metal, or ceramic.
- When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will put it on and make sure it fits your tooth and your mouth correctly. In some cases a bit of adjusting can help to make sure you are getting the best fit. Once the dentist determines that the crown fits well, he or she will cement it permanently to your tooth.