No Need To Fear This Restorative Treatment
Have you recently learned that you need a dental crown and are nervous about scheduling your appointment because you are unsure of the procedure? Dental crowns are nothing to fear and are a common treatment used to restore damaged teeth, as the final piece of a permanent restoration such as an implant, or to enhance the appearance of a tooth. Read on to learn more about this treatment and about the care following the procedure.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a common treatment that uses a tooth-colored cap to cover a damaged tooth. The process is typically completed over a number of appointments. The decay or damage to your tooth is first removed and the tooth is reduced to accommodate the crown. An impression is taken, and a temporary crown is placed while the permanent one is being fabricated. Once the crown is made, it is affixed using a strong adhesive. Once the process is completed, the dental crown blends in beautifully with your natural teeth, restoring the proper function of your mouth.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown can be used for a variety of reasons such as:
- To repair a severe cracked or chipped tooth
- To replace a large filling when there is not enough remaining natural tooth
- To attach bridgework
- To complete a dental implant
- To change the shape or appearance of a tooth
Instructions Following Treatment
After treatment, it is not uncommon to experience sensitivity and tenderness in the area of the mouth where the work was completed. We recommend not eating and drinking until the numbness of the anesthesia wears off. While wearing the temporary crown, it is best to avoid hard and chewy foods so as not to loosen it. If it happens to fall out, be sure to call our office as soon as possible. Also, be sure to clean gently around the area until it has healed.
If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office located in Burton, MI to schedule an appointment. Delaying a needed treatment can result in more extensive treatments and additional costs. We want to help get your oral health back on track.