When we’re talking about crowns, we’re only talking about the area that’s truly visible. Your tooth root is deep inside your gum tissue and we won’t be replacing any of that during this treatment. We’ll only be replacing the top part of the tooth that has been infected with decay.
To start, we’ll eliminate any decay, which requires removing around a millimeter of tooth enamel. Then, we’ll create an accurate margin, so the restoration and your remaining tooth enamel can create a secure seal. This prevents bacteria from entering underneath the crown and causing problems in the root and pulp.
Next, we’ll take impressions of your cleaned tooth and send them to a dental lab. While your permanent crown is being made, you’ll be given a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown, complete with ADA-approved dental materials, is available for placement.