There are a lot of things that can get in the way of a perfect smile. Bad teeth, poor dental hygiene, and missing/inadequate filling may lower how much you smile.
If you have any of these dental issues, a dental crown procedure might be done to restore your smile.
Dental crowns are a fantastic way to give the appearance of a healthy smile. However, for many patients who are scared or uncomfortable with the procedure, it can be daunting. This is why you should know what to expect before getting your crown.
A dental crown is a restoration of the tooth’s hard, outer coating. They are made of different materials, and the thickness and shape can vary depending on what purpose the crown serves.
Dental crowns are made to cover, repair, or replace damaged tooth structures. They may be used to restore teeth that have been fractured or cracked by trauma to the tooth structure or teeth with extensive decay.
It usually takes two visits for our dentist in North Houston, TX, to prepare a tooth for a crown. The first visit deals with examining & prepping the tooth, and the second deals with placing the permanent crown on top.
At your first visit, your dentist may take a few x-rays to check the extent of decay and damage of the teeth. If there is any problem, a dentist will first perform the recommended treatment before fixing the crowns.
The dentist will then anesthetize the teeth and gums to ease the pain. Next, she will reshape the teeth and the chewing surfaces to create room for the dental crowns. A paste or putty to make an impression of the teeth, sometimes though a digital scanner is used. The dentist will cover the reshaped teeth with temporary crowns to protect the teeth from sensitivity.
These impressions are sent to the lab to make the dental crowns, and it can take two to three weeks.
The dentist will remove the temporary caps and replace them with permanent ones. A block of cement is used to fix the crowns in place if the aesthetics and fit are acceptable.
If you require a crown, it is important to know the risks and benefits of this procedure. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain and discomfort, but you should be aware that anesthesia is most likely used during your visit.
You may feel discomfort following your dental crown procedure, but this will fade away as the cement hardens.
Yes, it is important to care for your temporary crowns as you wait for the permanent ones:
Call or schedule an appointment with Lynn Alan Palmer DDS for more information about dental crowns and what you can experience.