A crown, or cap, is a cover that protects the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore and preserve a decayed, cracked, or broken tooth. Crowns are also used to correct some cosmetic tooth problems.
You might need a crown if you have:
a tooth with a big opening on the surface from a recent root canal surgery.
an existing crown that is not fitting right.
decayed or damaged teeth that need to be restored.
a bite problem or cosmetic tooth problem.
cracked or broken teeth with big cavities or old fillings.
Dental Crown Procedure
It usually takes 2 or 3 dental visits, with 2 or 3 weeks in between appointments, to restore teeth with a crown.
Before starting, the dentist will probably numb the tooth with a local anesthetic. To prepare for the crown, they will then remove any decayed part of the tooth, plus reshape and possibly rebuild some of the tooth. Your dentist will take a mold of the tooth and then use a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your next appointment. Your permanent crown will be made at the lab between visits, using the mold of your teeth.
Be sure to take good care of your temporary crown between visits and avoid hard or sticky foods. Be careful while flossing or brushing your teeth by doing so gently.
Fitting your Permanent Crown
The permanent crown will then take the place of the temporary crown and the dentist will check to ensure that your bite feels normal. After the correct fit is determined, the dentist will cement the permanent crown into place and check to be sure the tooth has been restored to the right shape.
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team