Dental Crowns at Dr. Rosenberg and Associates
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “Cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover the infected tooth, to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its appearance. The crown is then cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
At the first visit in preparation for a crown, your dentist may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone. If the tooth has extensive decay or if there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal treatment may first be performed if needed.
Prior to making the patient crowns, Dr. Rosenberg and Associates will anesthetize the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth to numb the pain. Next, the tooth receiving the crown is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. After reshaping the tooth, your dentist will use a paste or putty to make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown.
The impressions are sent to a dental lab where the crown will be manufactured. The crown is usually returned to Dr. Rosenberg and Associates in time for the follow up visit. At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is acceptable, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the new crown is permanently stable for endless smiles.