You’re still numb from the anesthetic. Your dentist has prepped your tooth down to fit under a new restoration. It’s been capped with a plastic or metal temporary crown.
What’s the next step? Here’s what you need to know.
Take Medications as Directed
Your dentist will give you instructions on taking medications for reducing pain or preventing infection. Follow those carefully to avoid complications.
Avoid chewing on your temporary crown for at least an hour after getting it put on. It’s safest to just chew on the opposite side of your mouth for now.
Floss with Caution
Flossing should be an important part of your daily routine, but you’ll want to give that tooth with the temporary crown a break. If the floss catches under the edge, it can pop the cap right off.
Use Desensitizing Toothpaste
Gently brush around your capped tooth with a desensitizing toothpaste. This formulation has minerals that will insulate your vulnerable tooth that’s just been covered by a temporary crown.
Call the Dentist if the Temporary Crown Comes Off
The temporary crown is there for a reason! If it comes off any sooner than the day you’re scheduled to get a permanent cap, then you’ll need to have it recemented.
Keep Your Dental Appointments!
Your tooth may have a pretty new cap, but the temporary crown is just that: temporary. It’s just a placeholder while you wait for the permanent crown to be finished up. You can’t leave it there and expect it to last indefinitely. It’s highly prone to leaking and popping off.
Rather than take your chances, see your dentist for the next appointment in the week or two after you get the temporary crown.
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11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Getting a dental crown is a pretty drastic experience for a tooth. After all, it’s losing its protective insulation and trimmed down before being capped with a foreign material. That’s quite a shock to a nerve-filled little tooth!
It’s normal to feel some discomfort after getting a crown. But how long is this supposed to last?
What You’ll Feel After Getting a Crown
You won’t feel much for an hour or more after your crown appointment. This is because it can take some time for the anesthetic to wear off. Until it does, your crowned tooth will feel numb.
After a few hours have gone by, however, you’ll likely notice a little discomfort in your tooth. Fortunately, this is easy to manage with an over-the-counter painkiller recommended by your dentist.
Dental Crown Sensitivity: Normal or Not?
Most cases of dental crown sensitivity are typical. It’s normal for your newly-capped tooth to feel sensitive around hot or cold temperatures or to ache a bit when you bite down on it. You may have to deal with this discomfort for a week or two after the procedure.
However, pain and sensitivity that lasts for more than two weeks is something you should call your dentist about.
Long-lasting pain after getting a dental crown could mean a few things, like:
Some teeth take longer to adapt to their new caps than others. If your crowned tooth hasn’t settled down after a couple weeks, however, call your dentist to have it checked.
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Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
Why get a dental crown? If you suffer from any of the following dental health problems, then you may soon find out just how important dental crowns can be.
Cavities: Most cavities are small enough that a simple filling is all that’s needed. But a crown may become necessary if the decay spreads and grows so large that a filling wouldn’t be sufficient.
Cracked Teeth: Teeth with cracks are at risk of fracturing apart completely. Whether you have just a hairline crack or are missing an entire piece of your tooth, a crown can hold everything together. Capping a cracked tooth could be the only way to save it from extraction.
Tooth Sensitivity: Do you have any teeth that are sensitive and worn down? An uneven bite, teeth grinding habit, or simply years of use can cause enamel to erode away and leave behind sensitive teeth.
Covering your sensitive teeth with a crown can give you significant relief while strengthening your weakened tooth.
Root Canals: Crowns are often necessary after root canals to keep the treated teeth strong. In some cases, getting a crown early enough can help you avoid the need for a root canal, altogether. Capping teeth that have been weakened by fracture or decay can help them hold up for many more years before needing any other treatment.
Stained Teeth: Dental crowns are often necessary for structurally reinforcing teeth. Did you know, however, that crowns also have cosmetic value?
You can completely cover up discolored or stained teeth with dental crowns. Caps mask tooth stains that won’t come out with whitening treatments.
What can dental crowns do for you? Contact your dentist to find out.
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Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Are you scheduled to get your very first “dental cap”? Here’s what you can expect.
Preparing Your Tooth for a Crown
First off, anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth. The dentist will start trimming your tooth once you can no longer feel anything. This doesn’t hurt; you may just feel a little pressure.
The dentist preps your tooth into a slight cone shape. This allows the crown to fit securely without feeling bulky. Next, he or she will take a scan or mold of your mouth to use as the base for designing the crown.
It takes time to fabricate the crown by hand. So you’ll be fitted out with a temporary cap to protect your tooth while you wait.
Getting Your Permanent Crown
This appointment is fairly quick. You will likely need more anesthetic to keep your tooth comfortable, but everything will go by much faster than the last procedure.
Your dentist will lift off your temporary crown and clean away traces of the cement. He or she then puts in the new crown to check the fit. Once you’re both happy with it, the dentist cements the crown in place with a permanent bonding material.
You may need an x-ray taken of the tooth to ensure there are no gaps or excess cement. Then you’re on your way!
Remember, your new crown is “permanent” in the sense that it’s stronger than the temporary one. But it likely won’t last forever. You need to take good care of it to help it last for several years.
Ask your dentist for more information on getting and maintaining dental crowns.
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Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
These facts may test your knowledge about dental caps.
Fact #1: Dental Crowns are Made to Look Like Natural Teeth
Capping your teeth doesn’t mean they have to be covered in gold. Most modern dental crowns are actually made from materials such as ceramic and zirconia, which offer a natural finish.
Fact #2: Dental Crowns Don’t Last Forever
Sooner or later, decay may sneak back into the tooth under the crown margin or the crown itself can wear away. Don’t be surprised if your dentist recommends replacing a dental crown that’s ten or more years old.
Fact #3: You Have Control Over How Long Your Crown Lasts
While dental crowns won’t last forever, you can get a lot of mileage out of your caps if you take care of them. Maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding very hard foods can help you keep your crowns in great shape for years.
Fact #4: Two Opposing Teeth May Both Need Crowns
Capping one tooth may put the opposite tooth at risk of premature wear. The opposing neighbor might need to be capped just to prevent fracture. Of course, this primarily depends on the material used. Gold crowns, for example, tend to be very gentle against natural teeth.
Fact #5: Dental Crowns Enhance Your Smile
You can opt for a dental crown to improve the esthetic appearance of any tooth. A tooth doesn’t have to be decayed or falling apart to qualify for a crown. Dental caps are perfect ways to make teeth look whiter and more even while keeping them strong.
Schedule a consultation with a restorative dentist near you to find out more about the benefits of dental crowns.
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Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Getting a dental crown typically involves more of an investment in time and money than getting a filling. Even so, there are some good reasons why covering a tooth may be better than getting a smaller restoration.
Crowns Provide Better Support
Every time you fill a tooth, it gets a little weaker. Fillings replace some tooth structure after a cavity strikes, but they don’t really make the tooth stronger. Crowns, on the other hand, are designed to reinforce the whole tooth from the outside.
If your tooth has already been weakened by multiple fillings, then getting one more isn’t necessarily the best idea. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown to help keep your tooth in one piece.
The Decay or Damage May Be Too Large for a Filling
A typical filling can sufficiently repair small holes in a tooth. But a tooth can’t hold up if it’s more filling than tooth.
Crowns are the better option if your tooth is missing a large piece or has an extremely large cavity.
Crowns Seal Out Decay
Dental fillings are supposed to create a tight seal with the enamel, but they can have some weak spots around the edges. Crown margins, or edges, are usually located below or just at the gum line where they have another layer of protection against tooth decay. As long as you carefully brush and floss your crown, you can avoid developing new decay underneath.
Crowns Prevent Sensitivity
A crown provides significant insulation against temperature changes. Teeth worn down by acids or erosion may have lost a lot of enamel. Crowns can protect those teeth from the elements better than fillings can.
Learn more about the benefits of crowns by talking with your dentist.
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Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
A dental crown usually means salvation for a decayed or broken tooth. But on occasion, some discomfort may persist after the procedure.
Here are five of the most common complications that you could experience.
Your tooth will have to be significantly trimmed down to fit a crown. It will understandably be sore and sensitive to temperature changes for the first few days after getting a cap. This can also happen with crowns that are just a tiny bit too short. If even a small amount of the tooth root is exposed then you will feel some increased sensitivity.
The trauma of preparing a tooth for a crown can cause some inflammation inside the nerve chamber. This swelling should resolve on its own, as the tooth adjusts to its new shape.
Crown Too High
A tall restoration or too much cement could make your capped tooth higher than it was before. You may not notice the difference right away, but over time, the height change can affect your bite.
Sore Gums Around a Crown
Getting a crown can be a little rough on the surrounding gum tissue. Any irritation should quickly heal within a few days but swelling that persists for weeks could be a sign that there’s excess dental cement left under the gums.
Crowning a severely cracked tooth can be a gamble. The crack may get deeper over time as you bite down on your crowned tooth and put pressure on it. Once the crack extends into the root, the crown won’t be of much help. An extraction is likely the only way to get relief.
Ask your dentist how the benefits of getting a crown outweigh the risks of side-effects.
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Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
Dental crowns are great options for protecting and restoring teeth. They hold together teeth that are fractured or have a new root canal. Crowns also treat large cavities by replacing missing tooth structure and sealing out future decay.
If you need a dental crown, then you face a decision: which kind of cap should you get?
Find out which kind of restoration is best for you by getting familiar with a few of the most common types available…
Gold crowns have the advantage of being the most durable. They’re a good choice for anyone with allergies or sensitivities to other metals. Ideally placed on back teeth, they stand up well to excessive chewing pressure.
A slightly cheaper option in comparison with a gold crown is one made from a base metal alloy. Metal crowns don’t require your tooth to be filed down as much as it would be for other kinds of caps. Metal crowns are also resistant to corrosion.
Would you prefer a natural-looking capped tooth? Porcelain may be the answer. Porcelain or ceramic crowns deliver the most aesthetic results.
Porcelain-Metal Combination Crowns
If you want a crown that delivers both strength and beauty, consider a porcelain-fused-to-metal option. These crowns are made from metal but coated with porcelain on the outside for a natural finish.
Clearly, each kind of dental crown has its strengths. It’s hard to label just one as the “best” when they each have a unique purpose. What works for one person may not be right for you.
Talk with your dentist to find out which crown is best for your tooth.
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3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
You just had an emergency root canal done. Why does your dentist insist that you need to top it off with a dental crown?
Root Canals Weaken Teeth
The main reason for capping teeth after root canal therapy is to protect them. The root canal’s job is to remove the nerve from inside your tooth to eliminate pain and infection.
But what’s left is an empty shell of a nonliving tooth that’s now very brittle.
Endodontic therapy can be a bit traumatic to teeth, in that it involves removes a significant amount of material from inside of it. Yet, it’s essential to avoid an extraction.
You just went through the time and expense to get a root canal to save your tooth. It would be disappointing, to say the least, if you then had to get the tooth extracted because it broke during a meal.
Crowns Help Your Teeth Look Natural
A tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy can look a bit darker than normal. Capping it restores some of its beauty and helps it blend in with the rest of your smile.
When You Might Not Need a Crown
Some teeth actually do just fine without a crown after having endodontic therapy. These can include front teeth which aren’t responsible for a lot of chewing force. In some cases, a dentist might want to leave a tooth uncapped to make it easier to access in the event something goes wrong with the root canal.
Sometimes, a simple filling is enough to seal off treated area.
Your dentist will evaluate your tooth’s strength in determining whether or not it needs to be capped.
Contact an endodontist or restorative dentist near you to find out more about your options.
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Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover teeth. They stay in place permanently with the help of a dental cement. Over time, crowns can also wear out and need to be redone.
However, none of this means that they’re bad for teeth.
Why A Dental Crown Is a Good Thing
Dental crowns are some of the best restorations your smile can have. They protect damaged teeth, reinforce vulnerable ones, and prevent decay and sensitivity from taking over.
Put simply, a crown could be your last-resort option that keeps your tooth in one piece.
So why do crowns sometimes get a bad rap?
The Downside of Dental Crowns
Some people dislike crowns given the fact that they permanently alter teeth and can even indirectly weaken them.
To get a crown, your tooth first has to be trimmed down. This is because a “cap” need to securely grip the tooth from all sides with room to fit into place. But this also means that from that point on, your tooth can never again be without a crown.
You’ll have to replace your crown if it breaks or if your tooth develops another cavity. There’s no option to just leave your tooth as-is. Sometimes, replacing a crown means that your tooth will have to be trimmed down further.
Getting a dental bridge can likewise be “bad” for your teeth. The bridge may suspend an artificial tooth over the gap, but it needs two capped teeth for support. Attaching a bridge to two perfectly healthy teeth with crowns does essentially shorten their lifespan.
Dental crowns are great restorations, but is getting one right for your situation? Talk with your dentist to find out.
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Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
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