There is no doubt that restorative dentistry has come a long way in addressing our dental problems. Today, we have access to state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to develop accurate and durable restorations for dental purposes. If you are here, then you probably know that a dental crown is a dental restoration and that it is commonly used to remedy a damaged or weakened tooth.
Nevertheless, many people have qualms about anything related to dentistry, and they need more information before going for a procedure of any kind. In this blog, we provide you with an exhaustive list of Dental Crowns FAQs to address all the important questions about dental crowns. So, stay with us!
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a tooth cap, is a nifty little dental restoration meant to cover, cap or fit over a worn down, damaged or broken tooth. Not only that, but these crowns also provide additional strength to a weakened tooth to ensure proper functionality.
What is a Dental Crown Used for?
A dental crown strengthens a worn-down tooth and enhances its functionality. It, thus, allows you to eat and chew your favorite foods with comfort. Moreover, crowns tend to improve the overall appearance of a worn-down or discolored tooth as well, allowing for a better, more beautiful smile.
What are Dental Crowns Made of?
A dental crown can be made of several different materials. It can be made from a metal such asgold, or be made entirely of porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain. These days, most crowns are tooth-colored and blend right in with your smile.
How long do crowns last?
A dental crown’s durability depends on the material used for the crown. Resin, for example, isn’t as long-lasting as porcelain or gold. Moreover, your dental routine and the amount of care you give to the crown also, understandably, determine its durability. When well cared for, a crown does last around ten years.
Is the Dental Crown procedure painful?
Pain is a major concern for most patients. Unlike some other dental procedures, dental crown placement isn’t painful. Still, you should expect some level of discomfort during and after the procedure. A local anesthetic will ensure that you feel no pain during your dental crown placement. Nevertheless, there will be tenderness in the gums and some temperature sensitivity for a few days.
How long is the recovery time from a Dental Crown procedure?
Generally, there is no recovery time after a dental crown procedure. It is a non-surgical procedure, and you can get back to your routine immediately after leaving the dentist’s office. Because your mouth is numb during the procedure, you will need to wait for the anesthetic to wear off before you can eat again.
How long is the procedure?
For many offices, a crown placement procedure requires at least two visits to the dentist’s office. On the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth, takes an impression for the creation of the crown, and places a plastic temporary crown. On the second visit, the new crown is placed after removing the temporary crown.
At Sugar Fix, Dr. Brittany utilizes CEREC technology and our in-house lab to create your crown in a single visit. In about a two-hour appointment, your new tooth is made while you watch your favorite Netflix show!
What is a CEREC crown?
CEREC is an abbreviation for Chairside Economical Restoration of Aesthetic Ceramics. CEREC crowns are made inside the clinic in a couple of hours using 3D technology. Hence, you can get a crown in one appointment. Furthermore, CEREC crowns are much more durable as they are sturdier and more damage-resistant. They are completely porcelain, so no metal showing at the base, which means they will blend right in to your beautiful smile!
How should I take care of a Dental Crown?
You should take care of your crown in pretty much the same way you take care of your other teeth. So brush twice a day, floss and use a good mouthwash! Your dentist will brief you about your crown after the procedure, but there are no special prescriptions.
Will the crown match my other teeth?
Yes, Dr. Brittany has extensive training in color theory and draws on her expertise to ensure that your new crown matches your other teeth in color, undertone, and other tiny details.
Are there any restrictions on what I can eat and drink with a dental crown?
There aren’t any severe restrictions on what you can eat or drink after getting a dental crown.
However, it is best to refrain from sticky or very chewy foods, such as caramels, as they can potentially pull the crown off. Typically if this happens your crown can just be cleaned and cemented back on in our office. At Sugar Fix we love our sweets too and completely understand that sometimes the temptation wins out!