What to Expect When You Get a Dental Crown?

At AV Dental Wellness Group, dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations placed on a damaged tooth. They’re often recommended when a tooth has been severely damaged and cannot be fixed with a simple filling. If your dentist recommends getting a dental crown, it’s likely that your tooth is cracked or chipped, decayed, worn down from bruxism (teeth grinding), or has an extensive filling that needs to be replaced with a more stable type of restoration. These restorations fill gaps between teeth and cover imperfections like misshapen teeth. In some cases, however, your dentist may recommend a dental crown for a tooth in the back of your mouth to protect it from damage.

The Procedure for Dental Crowns

At the dentist’s office, the dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown by filing it down to make room for it to fit correctly and comfortably in your mouth. Then, the dentist will x-ray your teeth to determine the most effective angle for your bite. The dentist will then place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it until the permanent one is ready. During your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth again before applying the permanent crown.

In most cases, dental crowns can last anywhere from five to fifteen years before needing to be replaced. A regular cleaning schedule can prevent plaque buildup, leading to enamel erosion around the crown. In addition to brushing twice daily and flossing once daily, patients can reduce their risk of deterioration by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and avoiding substances that can stain the porcelain, such as coffee, tea, red wine, etc. Patients are also recommended to use nonabrasive fluoride products to reduce tooth decay risk further. It is important to continue visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam to ensure the longevity of your crowns.

The Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns cover damaged teeth, restoring their look and function. They can also improve the appearance of healthy teeth by covering them with porcelain material. Porcelain mimics the appearance and function of natural tooth enamel, giving patients a complete smile that looks white and healthy. Ceramic or porcelain dental crowns are also stain-resistant, offering a long-term solution with proper care.

Dental crowns are durable and long-lasting. Patients can chew and speak normally while sporting their dental crowns. The material won’t wear down over time, so it will likely remain in good shape for years. Routine checkups allow dentists to examine the crown to ensure it’s still in good condition. A checkup also lets the dentist polish the crown so it shines again.

Dental crowns can also help to protect fragile teeth from further damage. To learn more about dental crowns call our office today.