What Is the Dental Crown Procedure?
Hi, I’m Dr Angus, the principal dentist of Dove Dental here at Waurn Ponds in Geelong.
A week ago, our patient Andrew, came in for an emergency appointment with a broken tooth. He tried opening a bottle of beer with his teeth and unfortunately cracked a tooth.
I told him the treatment would be a dental crown to restore and protect his tooth. He asked me, “Hey Angus, I’ve never had a dental crown, how does it work?”
I thought this was such a great topic, so I’ll make a quick video answering this question just in case you ever get yourself into a similar situation.
First of all, what is a dental crown?
Well, a dental crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its size, shape, strength, and appearance. It’s like a little helmet for your tooth!
Now, you might be wondering if getting a dental crown is painful. The good news is that the procedure itself is not painful because you will be given local anesthesia to numb the area. However, some people may experience discomfort or sensitivity afterwards, especially if the tooth was already damaged or infected before the crown was placed. But don’t worry, we will give you instructions on how to manage any discomfort.
Another common question is how long does the procedure take? Well, the process typically takes two appointments.
During the first appointment, we will prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damage, and then take a scan of the tooth to create a custom-made porcelain crown. You’ll be given a temporary crown to wear while you wait for the permanent one to be made.
Then, during the second appointment, the permanent crown will be placed and cemented onto your tooth. The entire process usually takes about two to three weeks.
Now, how long a dental crown will last? Well, that depends on various factors, such as how well you take care of your teeth, the material of the crown, and the tooth’s location. But with proper care, dental crowns can last five to fifteen years or even longer!
So, there you have it! I hope you find this video informative. Here at Dove Dental, we understand that a functional smile is important to you. We also offer flexible payment plans. So if you have a broken tooth or think you need a dental crown, we would love to look after you.
The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.