Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits with Dr. Jolene Dague. The first appointment is used to examine and prepare the tooth; the return visit is for placing the permanent crown.
Initial Appointment: Dr. Dague will take X-rays to check the tooth roots and surrounding bone. If they’re ok, she will prepare the tooth by reducing its size to allow for placement of the crown. Impressions of the reshaped tooth will then be taken to determine the crown’s fit and appearance. A temporary crown is put on the tooth. The molds are sent to a dental lab where the new permanent crown is milled. (Note: If the X-rays reveal substantial decay or if Dr. Dague thinks there is risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal may be required as an additional step.)
Follow-up appointment: At the second visit, Dr. Dague 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 cemented in place.