3 FAQs About the Dental Crown Process

You likely have some questions about the dental crown process. You are not sure how crowns are fitted and placed, and you also have questions regarding what to expect after you receive a crown. Get answers to some of the most common questions regarding dental crowns.

Common questions about the dental crown process

Dental crowns are essentially caps that are placed over the tooth. A crown can restore the size, shape and function of the tooth. Before getting a crown, people should learn more about the process.

1. How are dental crowns fitted and placed?

It takes two visits to get a dental crown. The process begins with an examination. The dentist must make sure the tooth is strong enough to support the crown. If it is, the dentist will prepare the tooth. The dentist will remove decay and shape the tooth, so it can support a crown. The dentist might remove up to 75 percent of the natural tooth to support the fabricated crown.

After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of it and place a temporary crown. The temporary crown will be made of metal or plastic and placed directly over the tooth. The dentist will send the impression to a dental laboratory. It takes approximately two weeks to make a dental crown. The patient is called back into the office when the crown is ready.

The dentist removes the temporary crown and uses a special adhesive to place the permanent crown. The crown fits snuggly and securely around the remaining tooth.

2. How should people care for temporary crowns?

Patients will likely have a temporary crown for two weeks and proper care must be taken to prevent it from falling out. If a temporary crown falls out, nerves will be exposed. That can be incredibly painful. Also, patients run the risk of their teeth shifting if the temporary crown falls out.

When wearing a temporary crown, people must avoid foods that can cause it to fall out. This includes chewy, sticky and hard foods. People should also direct their food to the opposite side of their mouths when chewing. This will protect the temporary crown.

People also need to be mindful when flossing. People usually lift the floss to remove particles. They should remove the particles by sliding the floss out from between the teeth instead.

3. What problems can develop after the dental crown process?

Many people experience some sensitivity right after receiving a dental crown. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help with this issue. The sensitivity should dissipate within days. It is also possible for a crown to chip, become loose or fall out after placement. Those who develop issues should go to the dentist immediately.

Getting a dental crown

Dental crowns are a good option for people who have severe tooth damage. Dentists will prepare the tooth and fit the crown over the course of two appointments. Proper care of the temporary crown is essential. After the permanent crown is placed, some sensitivity is common. However, if you experience any serious issues, call the dentist immediately.

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