If a tooth exhibits extensive decay, a dental crown may serve as the optimal solution, both aesthetically and functionally.
Opting for a crown placement can uphold the integrity of the natural tooth, which is paramount for maintaining the supportive bone structure and stability of adjacent teeth.
The initial phase involves taking an impression to create a model of the teeth and bite, ensuring the crown's appearance and functionality mimic that of the natural tooth. Subsequently, the affected tooth is prepared, removing decayed areas. An impression of the prepared tooth is then taken to ensure proper fit when the final crown is affixed.
While in some cases, the final crown can be fitted on the same day, other instances may necessitate the placement of a temporary crown while awaiting the creation of the final restoration. With appropriate care and oral hygiene, crowns can often endure a lifetime.
There are four common types of crowns:
- Ceramic: Ideal for visible teeth as they closely resemble natural teeth.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal: Notable for strength, durability, and natural appearance.
- Gold Alloys: Employed for enhanced strength, particularly for individuals with nocturnal teeth grinding.
- Base Metal Alloys: Strong and corrosion-resistant, suitable for situations with limited existing tooth structure.
Following Crown, Bridge, Inlay/Onlay Preparation:
- Sensitivity and tenderness are common initially; if persistent, contact our office.
- If anesthesia is administered, refrain from chewing until numbness subsides.
- The final restoration may be held on the same day or at a subsequent appointment.
For Temporary Restorations:
- Consume softer foods and avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy items.
- Practice gentle cleaning around the restoration, avoiding excessive pressure.
- Notify us immediately if the temporary restoration becomes loose or damaged.
After Final Restoration Placement:
- Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 24 hours to allow the cement to bond fully.
- Mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods may occur initially, resolving within a few weeks.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing after meals, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash.
- Continuously care for your restoration by adhering to proper oral hygiene practices.
- Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash to eliminate any residual particles.
Contact our office with any concerns or queries regarding your treatment.