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Some people believe that applying an oral crown is as straightforward as situating a crown on top of a head or a cap onto a bottle of toothpaste, but it’s actually slightly more complex than that. There are a few steps involved with applying dental crowns onto teeth, and we’ve laid them out here.

Preparing the tooth. Before our dentist can place your new oral crown, they will have to prepare the tooth receiving it. This means they’ll shape your tooth — and in some cases, they’ll install a foundation for the crown — before application. The amount of tooth the dentist will need to sculpt will depend on the condition of your tooth and the type of crown you’ll be having fitted.

Fashioning the impression. Once your tooth has been prepared, we’ll need to make an impression of your teeth, either with a mold or through digital means. The impression will be sent to an oral lab where your permanent crown will be made. Although the impression will be fashioned in about five minutes, you can expect to wait between a couple of days to a couple of weeks for your crown to be completed.

Fitting the temporary crown. While your permanent crown is being made, you will wear a temporary crown in the spot where your permanent crown will be placed. This is prepared by our oral laboratory, is typically made of plastic, and will be fitted with temporary paste so that we can remove it once your permanent crown is ready.

Installing the permanent crown. After we’ve received your permanent crown from the dental lab, we’ll remove the temporary crown and make sure that the permanent crown is a tight fit for your oral cavity. Occasionally the permanent crown will need slight retooling or polishing before we install it.

Dental crown application may be more complicated than you thought, but the experience won’t be a difficult one for you at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC in Poughkeepsie, New York. Call 845-454-0790 now to pencil in your next appointment with Dr. Mark L. Pitel to make sure that your oral health future stays bright.