You will usually require two appointments for fitting a crown. On your first visit, your Holistic Dental practitioner will examine and prepare the tooth, and on the second visit the permanent crown will be placed over the tooth.
Here’s a bit more detail about the process:
First visit – We will first make sure that the root and bone surrounding the tooth being crowned is sound and healthy. This may involve taking X-rays. If there is decay or the risk of infection, this will need to be treated with the relevant procedure such as a root canal.
Once this has been done we will use a special gel or putty that’s fitted into a jaw-shaped tray to take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. This impression will be used when manufacturing the crown to ensure it fits correctly and won’t affect your bite.
Next, the area is numbed with a local anaesthetic and the damaged tooth is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. (If a large area of the tooth is missing, the tooth will be built up instead of reduced, so that it can support the crown.)