You just wrapped up an appointment with your dentist and learned you might need a dental crown. Crowns can be required for many reasons, but the more you know about this restorative treatment, the more comfortable you can be when it is time for your procedure. Dr. Jose Gil, a dentist in Allentown, PA, breaks down what you can expect from your dental crowns.
Preparing for your procedure
A dental crown may be needed for cosmetic or restorative reasons. Whether you have a cavity that is too large for a filling or are undergoing tooth replacement treatment, a crown requires preparation before being placed. The tooth that is getting a crown must have its outer layer removed to make room for the fixture.
The dentist will also complete necessary dental work to ensure the tooth is healthy enough to support a crown. A temporary crown will be provided if necessary as a permanent crown is made in a laboratory. The crown is built with porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys into a cap that will then cover your tooth. The fit, color, and shape are tailored to fit your unique smile.
Bonding your crown
After a waiting period that can vary according to your personalized treatment plan, your crown will be ready. The patient returns to the dentist to have the crown fitted to their tooth. The dentist will adjust the cap to ensure it is properly aligned and adhered to the tooth.
The placement procedure can differ depending on the reason for getting the dental crown. The fitting can occur during a follow-up appointment for a surgical procedure, such as an implant, or it could be placed after a cosmetic consultation. Regardless, the final part of the process is to cement the crown into place.
Caring for your teeth
Directly after your crown is secured, your dentist will recommend guidelines to protect your new fixture. These instructions may vary, depending on other dental treatments you may have received. Generally, it is best to avoid chewing anything hard, such as ice or the end of a pen. A crown can be susceptible to breaking or dislodging under immense pressure.
Receiving a crown is not the last step in securing good oral health. Oral hygiene must be maintained with proper brushing and flossing habits. This entails brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once a day, preferably in the evening. This is especially important after receiving an oral fixture like a dental crown. Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are also crucial to protecting your crown and the rest of your smile.
Dental crowns and more from Hamilton Dental Designs
Dr. Gil and Hamilton Dental Designs offer general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services. To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Allentown, PA, contact our office online or by phone at 610.421.4540.