What you should know about getting a dental crown

If your dentist tells you that you need a crown, do not go out and buy a gown or rent a tux. He is not offering to make you the king or queen of the area in which you live. He or she is giving you a way to protect a badly damaged tooth. Sorry, but there are no jewels included. However, you can have them made out of gold if you choose, but porcelain tends to look better because it can be dyed to match the rest of the teeth in your mouth.

A dental crown is an appliance that a dentist cements onto your existing teeth or dental implants in order to cover any pre-existing damage. Crowns are used in order to improve your mouth’s appearance, shape, and alignment. However, since they can also help with your bite as gaps left by missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift and result in a bad bite, they are not looked on as just cosmetic dentistry, but as a necessity. Therefore, depending on the type, you should have no problem having your insurance cover the procedures needed.

 

Having a crown put in usually takes two separate dental appointments. During your first visit, the doctor will prepare your tooth for its crown. What that means is that he or she will fill it in order to make it big and strong enough to hold the crown. If the tooth or teeth in question do not need filling, he or she will file it, instead. Either way, once the dentist has prepped the tooth, an impression of your mouth will be taken. This is done so that a lab can make the crown. In addition, your dentist will put a temporary crown in place in order to protect your tooth until the permanent one is ready to be put in place. It usually takes a week or two for the crown to be made and shipped to your dentist. At that point, you will return to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one fastened to the tooth with a special adhesive.

 

It will then take an additional week or two for you to get used to your dental crown. After that, it will look and feel like every other tooth in your mouth. You should brush and floss as usual, at least twice a day. In addition, you should also use an antibacterial mouthwash. Your dentist will show you how to floss around your crown so that you do not end up dislodging it. Additionally, it is recommended that you refrain from eating hard foods such as candies and ice as these could cause you to chip or break the crown. Moreover, it is also advised that you stop opening packaging with your teeth, as well. If you take proper care of your crown and go to the dentist every six months as directed, then it should last anywhere from five to 15 years.