A dental crown is a cap that a dentist places over a tooth to strengthen the tooth, restore its size and shape, or improve the way it looks.
Why would a dental crown be necessary?
There are a number of reasons a dentist may deem it necessary to install a dental crown. The most common would be that the tooth has become worn or damaged beyond repair and would need to be strengthened and restored. A crown can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as covering severely discoloured or misshapen teeth.
If it is determined that you require a dental crown, there are a few things to expect as you go through the process.
The different types of dental crowns
Firstly, it’s good to understand that dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including stainless steel, metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic.
After consultations with your dentist, a determination would be made as to which material would be best. The determination is made on the basis of cost and your needs. Porcelain or ceramic crowns provide the best and most natural look as they resemble real teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can last a long time once they are well taken care of; however, they are not as strong as metal crowns.
Understanding the process
Traditional dental crowns require at least two visits to the dentist. The first visit would involve the dentist prepping the tooth in question and making a mold. The process will generally see the dentist ensuring that the area is free of decay and other abnormalities. If there is decay, depending on the extent, a filling or root canal may be required before the crown is placed.
Each dental crown is made to fit the specifications of the mold taken by your dentist. Dental crowns are customarily made in a dental laboratory and, therefore, take some time to be completed. A temporary cap may be used to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Special care should be taken while wearing this temporary cap to prevent it from cracking or being displaced during the period of time it is utilized.
The second visit, usually a week or two after the first, would see the installation of the permanent dental crown.
When the permanent dental crown is installed, you may feel some level of sensitivity after the procedure as the numbing agent wears off. If this is the case, you may need to use a toothpaste designated for sensitive teeth for some time. If the sensitivity persists for an extended period, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
If your dental clinic uses CEREC technology, it is possible to receive a permanent crown in a single visit. With a same-day crown, your dentist can build a custom-fit, permanent crown in a few hours. Same-day crowns are more convenient than traditional crowns as they remove the need for poorly fitted, unsightly temporary crowns and do not require multiple visits.
A dental crown doesn’t ordinarily require any special care. Therefore, after being fitted for a crown, you should continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash at least once a day. You should also regularly have dental checkups to avoid problems such as cavities developing underneath the crown.
How long do dental crowns last?
Typically, dental crowns can last up to 15 years, but the life span of a crown depends on a number of factors, including hygiene practices and the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to. If you want to ensure your dental crown lasts, it is best to maintain a good relationship with your dentist by paying regular visits.
Dental crowns in Klamath Falls
If you need dental crowns in Klamath Falls, contact us at Klamath Smiles.
At Klamath Smiles, our dentists are certified to use the latest CEREC crown restoration system, so we can complete your dental crown procedure in one visit.