Did you know one in every five American Adults have or will need dental crowns at some point to strengthen and enhance the appearance of the teeth? Dental crowns can correct several dental problems, but most people are still confused about these teeth caps. Below are common questions we get regarding dental crowns are and what the procedure involves.
Dental crowns are tooth caps that restore the size, shape, appearance, and strength. These teeth caps, when fixed properly, fully cover the visible teeth that lie above the gum line.
Our dentist in Morrisburg can recommend dental crowns to correct different situations such as:
Yes, the dentist may recommend dental crowns if the child is at risk of dental decay. The crowns are fixed on primary teeth to prevent cavities and decay. Remember the primary teeth act as placeholders for the permanent ones and it is important to protect them. Any premature loss of baby teeth can cause overcrowding and a weak dental structure.
Fixing dental caps require at least two visits. The first dental visit involves an oral health examination and tooth preparation. Our dentist may take an x-ray to check dental health and your teeth especially the roots. If there is decay, a root canal procedure may be performed to get rid of decay before fixing the crowns.
Anesthesia will be applied to numb the gum of the affected teeth. Next, the enamel will be trimmed off depending on the size of the crown needed and a dental impression is taken. This impression is taken to the lab for manufacturing, a process that might take two to three weeks.
The second dental appointment is for fixing the permanent crown.
Once the enamel is trimmed, it exposes the teeth and creates tooth sensitivity. The temporary crowns are fixed to protect the teeth from sensitivity. Although the crowns are temporary, it is important to take care of them. Therefore, avoid sticky and chewy foods that have the potential of pulling the crowns. Additionally, minimize using the part of the mouth with the temporary caps.
Dental crowns are available in different types:
Yes. You may experience tooth sensitivity or discomfort immediately after the procedure especially when the anesthesia starts to wear off. However, you can use a tooth-sensitivity toothpaste to help reduce the discomfort.
Your dental crowns may also get loose if the bonding cement washes out which creates an environment for bacteria to multiply. Additionally, some people may experience an allergic reaction to metal crowns.
On average, the teeth cap lasts between five and 15 years depending on your hygiene and the amount of wear and tear it receives. Your oral health practices may also influence how long the crowns last.
Although the crowns don’t require special care, you need to care for them as you would your natural teeth. Remember, crowned teeth are also at risk of decay and gum disease. Continue to follow proper oral hygiene and also use an antibacterial mouthwash. Plus, if you notice any cracks between the crowns call our dentist immediately for an assessment.
Dental crowns can cover different dental imperfections, but you need to first get a dental assessment. Contact our dentist in Morrisburg for a dental evaluation. Our dental team will guide you in choosing the best dental solution.