What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is like a cap over the tooth. With a dental cap, your dentist can restore the normal shape, size, and function of a missing or broken tooth. Dental crowns are often placed to add structure to the tooth, but in some cases, they can be used strictly for cosmetic purposes. The crown can be made from several different materials including resin, ceramics, metal alloys, or porcelain. Your dental crown can be colored to match the natural color of your teeth, along it to blend in and go unnoticed. The crown should not only look natural, but fit comfortably as well.
Why you Might Need a Dental Crown
You might require treatment with a dental crown if you have a:
- Cavity that is too large to be repaired with a filling
- Missing tooth and need a bridge
- Dental implant that needs to be covered
- Cracked or weakened tooth
- Root canal treatment
- Discolored or misshaped tooth you’d like to cover
What to Expect During Treatment
Before your dental crown is placed, the tooth will be prepared. Dr. Khan will begin by filling a cavity or performing a root canal if necessary. The outer portion of the tooth will be removed along with any areas of decay. An impression of your teeth will then be made in order to create an exact fit for your crown. A temporary crown will be placed while your permanent crown is being made.
You will have a second appointment once your crown is ready. At this appointment, Dr. Khan will place your crown over the tooth and make any adjustments to ensure a comfortable and natural fit. When you and Dr. Khan are both happy with the way the crown looks and feels, it will be cemented into place.
After Treatment with a Dental Crown
After treatment, Dr. Khan will provide you will all the necessary information on how to care for your dental crown. You should maintain good oral hygiene by flossing daily, brushing your teeth twice a day, and receiving a professional cleaning at appropriate intervals that are discussed. To protect your crown from damage, you should avoid chewing on ice or hard foods. If you grind or clench your teeth, you should protect your dental crown by wearing a mouth guard at night. Regular checkups will allow your dentist to ensure your crown is still in good condition.
A crown can fall out due to an improper fit or washed out cement. If this happens, place the crown in a bag and bring it to your dentist. They may use this as a temporary crown while a new one is made.