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Mar
30

What Is It Like to Have a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are a common restoration for teeth that are too decayed or fractured to be held together by a dental filling alone. Are you nervous about getting a dental crown? You might be surprised at how simple the process is.

Planning and Placement

After getting numbed up with a little local anesthetic, your dentist will trim your tooth down to remove the damaged outer layer. An impression is then taken to determine how the crown should be sized, shaped, and positioned to comfortably fit the rest of your bite.

After this, you’ll have a temporary crown cemented onto your prepared tooth. This cap will protect your tooth while you wait for the final one to be made.

A Crown in Your Smile

Your crown will look and feel like a natural tooth. Most patients choose to have crowns made from porcelain, which is strong and resembles the color and texture of natural teeth. If your crown will show in your smile, no one would ever be able to guess!

You might experience some sensitivity for a few months. This is very typical and should go away as your tooth gets used to its new covering.

Caring For Your Crown

Treat your crown just like the rest of your teeth:

  • Brush two or more times a day
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent plaque buildup along the gums
  • Don’t use your crown or teeth as tools for opening packages, etc.

Getting a dental crown isn’t the scary procedure you once thought it is! Talk with your dentist for more information on how a dental crown can make a difference in your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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