Crowns are placed over a tooth in order to restore shape, size and overall appearance. Most often they are used because the tooth is damaged or decayed in some way. They are also sometimes used as a way to cosmetically enhance a tooth.
There are different materials used on for the crown, depending on the extent of the damage and the budget involved. Babies and young children have also been known to get crowns if their teeth are too damaged or too small to handle a filling.
There are two visits involved when getting a crown.
During the first visit, the dentist will numb the tooth and the tissues surrounding it. Next, your tooth will be reduced in order to make room for the crown and to ensure it fits properly. However, if there is a part of the tooth missing (either from damage or decay), then a filling will have to be placed in order to reshape the tooth so that it supports the crown.
Once the tooth is the correct shape, a putty is put onto the tooth in order to make an impression of it. The impression is then sent off to a lab along with your x-rays in order to have the crown created. A temporary crown one is put in place before you leave.
For your temporary crown, it’s best to avoid sticky foods that could dislodge it. It’s also suggested that you take care when eating hard foods and flossing around that particular tooth.
During your second visit, the permanent crown will be put into place. If your dentist is using a porcelain crown, then they will have selected a color that best matches the surrounding teeth. If the color matches and all is well, (deleted some, here) the new crown will be put into place.
Getting a crown shouldn’t cause you any more pain or discomfort than a typical filling. Your dentist will make sure that they put a local numbing jelly on your teeth, gums and surrounding tissues, but there is usually an anesthetic injected as well, so you might feel a small pinch. If you think you might not be numbed enough and are feeling sharp pains (as opposed to general pressure) then let your dentist know.
The crown itself will not need any special or extra care. However, just because the crown has been put in place, it doesn’t mean that you can’t experience decay or gum disease. So it’s important to keep up your dental hygiene; make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss in between all your teeth.
Crowns will typically last anywhere between 5 and 15 years, depending on how much they are exposed to. Keeping up good oral hygiene will extend the life of your crowns as well.
If you have any more questions regarding tooth crowns, contact Friendly Dentistry today!