Dental crowns

When we eat too much sugary foods

Cavities from sugary foods can damage more than your smile; they can cause decay within a tooth that can cause severe damage. Therefore, we provide a dental crown procedure to repair any damage done to your teeth. A dental crown does what a filling is not suitable to do such as holding a cracked tooth together, keeping a bridge in place, or cover misshapen or discolored teeth. You will usually need a crown if you needed or just had root canal therapy and after the installment of your dental crown you will need to practice good oral hygiene.

There are several types of dental crowns that are made of different materials. Some materials include:

  • 100% ceramic
  • 100% metal (gold alloy, palladium, or base-metal alloy)
  • Zirconia
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or zirconia

Which type of crown do we reccomend

Dental crowns may require 2 dental visits to our office; one where you will receive a temporary crown and our team of dentists recommends, another where you will receive your permanent crown. When the installation of your dental crown begins, your dentist may need to insert a foundation to your tooth if large parts of your tooth is decayed or damaged. Then your dentist will make room for the dental crown by filing down your tooth. Traditionally your dentist will make an impression of your tooth using a rubber-like material which will set after about 5 minutes. Advances in technology also allows your dentist to take this impression using digital technology. Impressions will also be taken of the tooth above or below the tooth that will receive the dental crown, that way your normal bite will not be effected. You will receive a temporary crown made of plastic while your permanent dental crown is being made using impressions taken by your doctor. When your permanent crown is finished, your dentist will replace the temporary crown and test the permanent crown. Your crown may need more adjusting before it is permanent cemented onto the filed-down part of your tooth.

Do you feel any sensitivity with your crown?

After your dental crown is installed, you shouldn’t feel any sensitivity or discomfort on your restored tooth. Your dental crown should function and look like a normal tooth after enough time has passed. However, if you do feel any pain when you bite down, you need to make another appointment with one of our dentists to examine the problem. Dental crowns usually last for at least 7 years but extremely well maintained oral care may help it last up to 40 years. Your dental crown protects your tooth from any decay except around the gum line so oral care is vital for ensuring the health of your tooth.

We hope that this article has made you more comfortable with our dental crown procedure. Our highly skilled team of dentists are here to help you have your best smile so call our office today about making an appointment.

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