Dental crowns are regularly used to treat any number of issues, from a weak, cracked and broken tooth, right through to cosmetic dentistry purposes.
Regardless of why you happen to need a crown fitted, you can rest assured of a comfortable, pain free experience with the approachable, friendly team of dental experts at Dr George Olstein performing your procedure. And, if you suffer from any type of fear or anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, we can even fit your crown using sleep dentistry techniques. Contrary to popular belief, cost does not have to be prohibitive; your dental health is the most important factor.
What Happens When a Tooth is Prepared for a Crown?
If you are in need of a dental crown, the preparation required will usually necessitate two visits except in the case of cerec crowns and inlays which is a more advanced procedure that is complete within one visit.
For a standard crown procedure, during your first visit, we will thoroughly examine your teeth, and during your second visit, we will carefully affix the crown.
Visit One: Examining and Preparing Your Tooth for a Crown
- To begin, Dr George Olstein will take an x-ray or two of your tooth, so that he can better assess the roots of your tooth, as well as the surrounding bone.
- If the x-ray shows decay or infection, you may need to have a root canal treatment before a crown can be fitted.
- If the x-ray is all clear, then we can begin preparing your tooth for a crown to be fitted. First, we will numb your tooth, as well as your gums in the immediate area. Once the anaesthetic has taken full effect, Dr Olstein will very carefully and gently file down the sides of your tooth. This is done to allow the crown to slide easily down over your tooth. Rest assured, Dr George Olstein will not remove any more of your tooth than is absolutely necessary.
- Once your tooth has been reshaped, we make a paste, which we then use to make an accurate impression of both your tooth that needs the crown, as well as your surrounding teeth. This impression helps us make a crown that is the exact size and shape of your mouth. It ensures that your new crown will not effect or damage your bite in any way.
- We send your impression off to a special dental lab, where your crown will be made. This usually takes approximately three weeks.
- Finally, so that your tooth is completely protected while we wait for your crown to be made, we cover it up. We will do this with either a temporary crown, or possibly even a temporary filling, depending on how brittle your remaining tooth might be.
Visit Two: Fitting Your Tooth for a Crown
- Your second visit to will begin, once again, with Dr George Olstein numbing your tooth, as well as your gums in the immediate area. Once the anaesthetic has taken full effect, we will remove your temporary crown or filling.
- Dr Olstein will then check the entire area to ensure that it is completely healthy and ready to have a crown fitted.
- Your tooth will be lightly etched to give it a slightly rough surface, which allows the dental cement to set properly, and form a strong, durable bond between your tooth and your new crown.
- Once the etching is complete, Dr George Olstein will gently fit your new crown over your tooth. He will double check that it fits snugly and securely, and that all of your teeth are still in perfect alignment.
- Once both you and Dr Olstein are happy with the fit, dental cement will be used to bond the crown to your tooth.
What Issues Does A Crown Treat?
Dental crowns are quite common, and can be used to treat a number of issues, including to:
- Protect an already weak tooth, so that it does not break or crack. Teeth can often be weakened by decay, and even old age.
- Teeth crowns can restore a tooth that has already broken, cracked, or one that is severely worn down.
- Support a tooth that has had to have a large filling, particularly when a root canal has been performed.
- Assist in the finishing of other dental procedures, such as to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover a dental implant.
- Make cosmetic dentistry improvements to teeth, such as to cover a misshaped tooth or even a discoloured tooth.
Why Visit Dr George Olstein?
- Experience and Expertise: Dr Olstein has more than 30 years of experience and expertise. When it comes to dentistry, there is nothing he hasn’t already seen or done.
- Relaxed and Comfortable: we understand that a visit to the dentist can be fraught with anxiety, and even fear, in some cases. Above all, we do everything we possibly can to make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and at ease.
- Individual and Tailored: we tailor a dental treatment plan specifically for your exact needs, based on the most thorough examination possible. We treat every patient as the special, individual person that they are.
- Warm and Approachable: our entire team of dental experts are friendly, warm, approachable professionals. It is always our pleasure to help with all of your dental needs, and answer any questions you may have. You are our number one priority.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Book An Appointment with Dr George Olstein
If you think you might be in need of a tooth crown, or curious about the cost involved, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with Dr George Olstein. Our attentive and friendly team are on hand to help.