As we get older, so do our teeth decay. Trauma fillings or even the way we chew can make our teeth wear down.
Placing a crown over a week can help prevent the tooth from breaking or wearing down even more.

What is a dental crown?

Crowns are also used to restore stained or misshapen teeth as well as to shelter a tooth that has had a root canal done. A crown may not last forever; it may need to be replaced if it has become faulty or worn down. If you need a dental crown, allow your dentist a couple of visits to complete this treatment.

For your first visit, the doctor will numb the area around the tooth to help with any discomfort. Then, your dentist will use a dental instrument to form and prepare the tooth so the crown will fit correctly. Sometimes an additional procedure may need to be completed to ensure a good fit for the crown. This procedure is what is called a buildup. Its job is to help support the crown, a mold of the tooth will be taken, and a temporary crown is placed to guard the preparation of the tooth.

The mold is sent to a dental laboratory where a customized crown is made just for you. Once the dental office receives your crown from the lab, you will be appointed to have your crown delivered. The crown will be permanently cemented if you are satisfied with the shape, color, and fit. However, on your second visit, the crown received from the laboratory may not fit as well as the doctor and you would like. Another mold will be taken and sent to the lab for another crown to ensure a proper fit.

Once the numbness has worn off, and the crown is permanently placed, you may experience some soreness. There may also be a slight pain when you bite down, or the change in temperatures may cause sensitivity for three to four days. If you are having any discomfort, you may take over-the-counter pain medication as directed by your dentist. Sometimes the crown may feel too high when you bite down, so doctors will need to have your crown adjusted. If you are still experiencing discomfort and sensitivity after a few days, please call the office to make an appointment.

Sometimes people think they could just get a filling. Unfortunately, when the tooth needs a crown, the tooth is not strong enough to support a filling. If your dentist places a filling instead of a crown, you could do more harm to that tooth in the long run, and your dentists may not be able to save it. Remember the lifespan of your crown is based upon the resources used to create it, how well you maintain your oral hygiene, the food, and drinks you consume, and the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums. You must continue to floss and brush every single one of your teeth properly.

Are you ready to get one or several dental implants ?

Infected teeth that still have excellent support within the jawbone may be saved through endodontic therapy, something that is better known as root canal therapy. Root treated teeth can be fully restored with a post and crown. Dentures can be re-made to provide a better fit, or it might be possible to re-line them to keep the gums and jawbone healthy.

Missing teeth should always be replaced, as otherwise, the remaining teeth may move to cause the bite to collapse. Correcting this can be costly and complicated. Before deciding on dental implant treatment, your dentist will take a complete medical and dental evaluation and develop a plan. This is to ensure you do not have any health conditions that could make surgery inadvisable. Also, the dentist will use some different diagnostic tools such as CT scans or dental x-rays. Implants can be placed with precision, and with minimal risk.

The process for having dental implants involves two separate surgical procedures. The initial surgery is to place the implant post in the jawbone and is usually carried under a local anesthetic. An incision is made in the gum tissue before a hole is precisely created.
The implant is placed into the hole, and the gum is stitched shut. The site is left to heal so the implant post can integrate firmly with the jawbone. During this process, new bone cells will grow on and around the implant post, ensuring it cannot move and that it is strong enough to support a restoration. Dental appliances should not be worn for the first few days after surgery as it is essential not to put pressure on the site.

The second surgical procedure is shorter and takes place between three and eight months later, at which stage the implant will be exposed and evaluated. This is a process to determine if the implant post has successfully locked into the jawbone. At this point, it may be necessary to make some changes. If the implant has failed to close in, then it may need to be removed.

Options at this stage can include changing the implant or placing the implant at a different area. If the implant post has been successful, then the second surgical procedure is to create an opening in the gum to expose the implant and placing a post known as a healing cap. This is so a tooth can be attached that will extend above the gum line into the mouth. The cap is used to shape the gum tissue to give support to the crown or bridge. The final phase is to thread a metal sleeve know as an abutment into the implant, and this will be used to hold the crown, bridge, or denture firmly in position. At this stage, your final prosthesis can be constructed.
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