How do I prepare for getting a dental crown?

To prepare you for getting a dental crown, your dentist may first need to do a root canal on the tooth. Preparing for this treatment involves a complete dental exam. Your dentist should know your medical history as well as the medicines you are taking. Even if you aren't getting a root canal before your crown placement process begins, make sure your dentist has this important background information about you.

The process of dental crown placement is a multi-step procedure. It involves building a foundation for the crown, filing the tooth that is getting the crown, placement of a temporary crown, and then placement of the permanent crown. If any of these steps make you anxious or uncomfortable, another way to come prepared is to talk with your dentist about pain control options. These days, there are many ways for your dentist to reduce your pain, help you feel less anxious, and overall make your dental crown placement a less stressful procedure.

Finally, one of the best ways you can prepare for your crown placement is by asking your dentist as many questions as you need to feel comfortable, both about the procedure itself and about how to care for your crown after it is placed.
A series of steps are involved in the fabrication a crown. The visit will be somewhat longer; you will be given local anesthesia; the tooth will be shaped for the crown; a temporary crown will be fabricated, if indicated; impressions are taken. Care must be taken with the temporary crown; it is not as strong as your "final" crown, and it is cemented with weaker cement so it can be readily removed.

Sometimes your prepared tooth will be scanned for crown fabrication by a CAD-Cam device, either in-office or at the lab. This would eliminate the impressions.

Two to three weeks later you will have another appointment for the fitting of the crown. If everything is satisfactory the crown would cemented at this visit. There are times when a crown or bridge is placed with temporary cement for a period of time to be sure everything is ok prior to final cementation.

In summary, your preparation involves making the appointment, keeping the appointment, taking your medications as directed, allowing enough time for a longer than usual appointment, staying relaxed, maybe bringing your favorite CD or mp3 player and taking it somewhat easy the rest of the day if necessary.

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