When it comes to having dental crowns and dental bridges installed, it is prudent to work with an experienced dentist who understands how to complete the procedure in a manner that will provide a life-like and natural result. Close communication with the dental laboratory that is fabricating your restoration is critical to ensure that your crown or bridge fits properly and looks fantastic.
The process for crown and bridge installation is somewhat similar. Before embarking on the procedure, an impression of your teeth is taken to facilitate the creation of the new crown or bridge in a dental lab. Shortly thereafter, the dentist will numb the area to ensure minimal discomfort occurs. Once the patient is fully numb, the dentist will shape and reduce the tooth/teeth to allow space for a crown or bridge to be seated after it’s back from the lab.
The tooth is then cleaned and a temporary crown is fixed to it with temporary adhesive. Usually, a patient wears the temporary crown for about two weeks while the permanent one is being created in the lab. During this time, special care must be taken with the food eaten and the way teeth are brushed and flossed to help keep the temporary crown in tact. If the temporary crown does come off or chips, you need to be seen by your dentist immediately so that the temp can be recemented or remade. This will help make certain that the permanent crown fits without any issues.
Once the crowns and bridges have been created by the lab, a patient returns to have the temporaries removed and the permanent ones delivered. However, prior to cementation the dentist will try the crown or bridge in the mouth to ensure that it fits properly and looks great.
If all looks good, the dentist will then permanently cement the crown or bridge into place with a dental adhesive. Most of the time, slight adjustments and fine tuning of the bite will be required so that everything is balanced and level, and you are able to function comfortably.