FIRST VISIT: EXAMINING AND PREPARING THE TOOTH.At the first visit in preparation for a crown, your dentist at Highworth Dental Care may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone.
Before the process of making a crown begins, your dentist will anaesthetise (numb) the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth. Next, the tooth receiving the crown is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. The amount removed depends on the type of crown used(for instance, all-metal crowns are thinner and require less tooth structure removal than all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal ones). If, on the other hand, a large area of the tooth is missing (due to decay or damage), your dentist will use filling material to "build up" the tooth to support the crown.