Hearing that you need to have a dental crown placed can cause concern for many dental patients. Often it’s simply fear of the unknown that begins a person’s worry. Rest assured, however, that dental crowns are a common and effective option for tooth restoration. To become most comfortable with a dental crown procedure, Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, Illinois, believes that it’s important to start at the beginning.

Dental crowns are used to restore and support teeth that are badly decayed or that have been chipped or fractured. They are used when the tooth is weak or has structural damage and as part of a bridge and crown appliance.

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Receiving a dental crown is a simple dental procedure that requires several trips to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, your mouth will be examined and your options will be explained to you. While dental crowns are important and effective in restorative and cosmetic dental care, Dr. Dietrich believes that it’s important for the patient to be part of the decision. Only with true understanding of your situation and your procedure options will you be able to make the most informed decision.

Once you’ve decided to have a dental crown placed, your tooth will be prepared. Depending on your situation, the preparation could require removing decay or building up the tooth so that a crown can be securely placed. Prior to beginning work, you will receive local anaesthesia to be sure that you don’t feel anything during the procedure. Once the tooth has been prepared, impressions will be taken and a temporary crown will be placed.

The crown will be custom made to be a unique and natural fit. Most patients opt for porcelain crowns because of the tooth colored appearance that matches the rest of the teeth. Once the crown has been created, you return to have it placed. Dr. Dietrich will test the crown to be sure that the fit and appearance are perfect before cementing the restoration into place.

For more information, call the Pleasant Dental® office today.

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