What to Expect with the Dental Crown Procedure

Dental crowns are an incredible way to transform your teeth and overall smile, but it pays to know what to expect before you have the procedure.

More people than ever are having cheap cosmetic dentistry that gives them top-quality results and the smile they’ve always wanted — without breaking the bank. There’s no longer any need to endure misshapen and perhaps also discoloured teeth when the dental technology that exists today can rectify everything, making you look incredible at prices that won’t leave your hair standing on end.

Dental crowns are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around, and they allow for the full restoration of teeth, making them perfectly aligned and also delivering an incredibly white smile. Crowns are typically made of porcelain and fitted over the whole tooth, and, apart from the aesthetic value, they also protect the tooth and boost its function by allowing for a better bite.

If you’re thinking of having crowns or have an appointment with your dentist to have one or more fitted — perhaps on all the visible upper and lower teeth for a complete smile transformation — what can you expect with the dental crown procedure? Here’s a brief overview of having dental crowns so you’re in the picture before you get into the dentist’s chair.

A Preliminary Examination

Before your dentist can advise you about cheap cosmetic dentistry — discussing the various options available and if you’re a good candidate for a particular procedure, like having crowns — you’ll need to have an initial examination. Generally, only if you have good oral health and are not experiencing any problems with your teeth or gums will your dentist give the go-ahead for cosmetic dentistry.

If you’re given the green light for cheap cosmetic dentistry — congrats! — you’ll be booked in for a second appointment. The good news about crowns and other types of cosmetic dentistry is that today, it’s all relatively fast as well as pain-free. Previously, it was a case of having multiple appointments and enduring uncomfortable aspects of cosmetic dentistry like biting down on a mould for extended periods to take an impression of your teeth. This frequently caused very achy jaws.

Also gone, with the advent of new dental technology, is the need to wear a prosthesis — plastic teeth that cover your filed-down ones while your crowns are being made — for up to a week or more. It all makes having a smile transformation speedy and comfortable, as well as easy on the wallet.

The Dental Crown Procedure

The cosmetic dentistry technology we mentioned usually comes in the form of a sophisticated camera attached to a computer that uses specific software to render precise images of a person’s teeth so that the most suitable designs for dental crowns can be created. Once this is done, it’s time for a milling machine, which is part of the set-up and on-site in the dentist’s clinic, to start making the crowns, and they’re ready to be fitted in a flash. The dentist can use the machine to refine the crowns, which are milled from a small porcelain block as needed.

Before fitting, your dentist will have filed areas around the teeth that are to receive crowns. This is to provide enough space for them to be fitted into place. You’ll be given a local anaesthetic so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort from the filling instrument.

The only thing left to do after that is to apply a bonding agent to your teeth and snap the crowns into place. With proper care and attention, they should stay in place for many years to come, as porcelain is a hard-wearing material — but like anything, including teeth themselves, they can become damaged or break if you’re not careful. So when your crowns are in place, don’t go biting down on hard things, like nuts or cubes of ice. Should one of your crowns become damaged, you can always have it either repaired or replaced, ensuring you don’t lose your celebrity smile but keep on dazzling.

Thinking about having dental crowns and wondering where and how? Talk to us at The James Clinic and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this dazzlingly transformative procedure that will give you perfect teeth in no time.