Dental Crown procedure

Dental Crown Procedure
Sometimes a filling is not enough to protect a damaged tooth, so your dentist will recommend a dental crown to cover, protect, and restore the shape and function of your tooth. While getting a crown might seem a bit uncomfortable, it is a common and safe procedure that will make the tooth much stronger, last longer, and restore your smile to its healthy appearance.
A Couple of Reasons Why You Might Need a Dental Crown
After an examination, your dentist may recommend getting a dental crown for a few different reasons:
* To protect a decayed or damaged tooth.
* To further cover a tooth currently restored with a filling.
* To support and secure a dental bridge.
* To cover a discolored or misshapen tooth.
* To protect a new dental implant.
* To cover and protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal.
The Procedure for a Dental Crown Application
The dental crown procedure usually takes two appointments. You may naturally be concerning if there is pain or discomfort with the procedure. While you could experience some sensitivity, your dentist most likely will give you a local anesthetic, just like having a tooth restored with a dental filling.
At your first appointment your dentist will examine the tooth and prepare it for a crown. They will take X-rays of the tooth and the supporting surrounding bone and then file down the tooth. The amount of filing and tooth reduction will depend on the type of crown you are receiving. Metal crowns do not need as much tooth removed as porcelain crowns. In some situations, you could need a root canal if there is a risk of infection, tooth decay, or injury to the tooth’s nerves or pulp.
After the tooth has been filed down and is prepped, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth. They will also take an impression of the teeth surrounding the crown, so the crown will fit correctly with your bite. This impression is sent to a dental lab to create the crown, which usually takes several weeks. Your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect the tooth between your first and second visit.
At your second appointment it is time to get your permanent crown placed. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown, exam the color, shape, and fit of your new crown, and then permanently cement it in place. Your dentist might use a numbing agent to ensure your comfortable.
Proper Care for Your Dental Crown
After your crown is placed and it feels comfortable in your mouth, the best care method is to exercise good daily oral care and treat your crown as you would treat any other tooth. After all, the tooth beneath the crown still needs protection from gum disease. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss between your teeth daily, making sure to reach the area between your crown and surrounding teeth. Crowns are a restoration and not a natural tooth, therefore they are still susceptible to cracking and wear and tear. Avoid biting hard surfaces to prevent cracking or chipping of your new dental crown.