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.
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.


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