Before the process of making your crown has begun, your dentist will anaesthetise (numb) your tooth and the gum tissue around it. 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. 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.
After reshaping the tooth, your dentist will use impression paste or putty to take an impression of the tooth to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth receiving the dental crown will also be make sure that the crown will not affect your bite.