The procedure for getting a permanent dental crown involves preparing the tooth and taking impressions, then having the permanent crown bonded to the tooth, according to Cleveland Clinic. This dental procedure requires two to three visits to the dentist office.
During the first dental visit, the tooth is examined for signs of damage to the pulp or infection, notes Cleveland Clinic. Any infection must be treated before placing the permanent crown. After examining the tooth and taking necessary x-rays, the dentist files down the tooth slightly to make room for the crown. Impressions of the tooth are cast and used to make the permanent crown. A temporary crown is set until the permanent crown arrives from the lab.
The temporary crown requires extra caution when eating and avoidance of chewing hard or sticky foods, says WebMD. Challenging foods must be chewed on the opposite side of the mouth when wearing the temporary crown. The temporary crown lasts for a couple weeks, while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Flossing with dental floss requires careful use during this time, without forceful pulling around the temporary crown.
When the permanent crown comes in, the patient returns to the dental office for the placement, notes Cleveland Clinic. Typically, the dentist uses local anesthesia, removes the temporary crown, applies a putty to the natural tooth and adheres the permanent crown to it. The dentist adjusts and polishes the crown as needed.