A crown is used to completely cap or “crown” a tooth that has suffered decay and is threatening the life of the tooth. If the decay has not reached the root of the tooth and the cavity can be fully removed, crowing the tooth will restore the mouth. Generally, dentists prefer crowing a tooth rather than extracting a tooth when able so as not to leave a hole in the mouth and dealing with resulting issues.
There are typically two steps to placing a dental crown on a damaged tooth. During your first visit your tooth will be prepared for the crown. Your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gum, and will then file the tooth down along the sides and top of the tooth to make room for the crown. After reshaping your tooth, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown as well as of the teeth above and beside. These impressions will insure that your crown fits properly in your mouth while chewing and biting. While the impressions are sent to a lab to make your permanent crown, your dentist will make a temporary crown to protect your exposed tooth.
At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your dentist will check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If the fit is properly aligned, your tooth will be numbed so that the permanent crown can be cemented into place. You may experience sensitivity to your crowned tooth when drinking and eating hot or cold items. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth will help to relieve this uncomfortable sensation.
Taking care of your crown requires the same care that normal teeth do. Frequent flossing and brushing, limiting sugar, and avoiding tobacco will help to keep your crown – and the rest of your teeth – healthy.
Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental
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