What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also referred to as a dental cap, is often used to reinforce a tooth that has been damaged. Our metal-free, all-porcelain crowns look and feel completely natural. Dental crowns can repair cracked, chipped, broken, or discolored teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns:
Dental crowns are often used to restore and repair damaged teeth. A dental crown has all the following benefits:
- Reinforce natural teeth and add strength.
- Comfortable and natural feeling.
- Take care of your crowns the same way you do your natural teeth by brushing and flossing everyday.
- Custom made for the best fit for each individual.
- Fill gaps by providing a new shape for your tooth.
- Secure other teeth appliances, like dental bridges.
- Add an additional layer of protection.
Dental crowns are also often used after a root canal to provide protection for your tooth. Your dental crown is custom designed using impressions of your teeth, so you’ll have the perfect fit before you walk out of our office.
Dental crown placement is relatively simple. When you come into our office:
- Your remaining tooth will be sculpted or built up so that the porcelain crown can be bonded to the natural tooth. This provides stability for your tooth, as well as making your tooth stronger.
- We’ll take impressions of your bite to ensure your dental crown looks and feels like your natural teeth.
- While your custom dental crown is being created, we place a temporary crown so you can continue to eat and smile without worry.
- After your dental crown is finished, Dr. Rosenfeld will check to ensure a good fit before we permanently bond the crown to your natural tooth.
Receiving a crown doesn’t need to be a hassle. Remember, your oral health is important, and we want to ensure your teeth are healthy and that they can last a lifetime.
Post Treatment Instructions for Crown
Your provisional (temporary) restoration is very important in protecting the dental work we have prepared for you; therefore, we offer the following suggestions to help you take care of it.
- After every meal please use the soft toothbrush we provided. Do not floss the area around the provisional crown. If you must floss due to food impaction, slide floss through-do not pull up.
- Please call the office if you feel you need instructions for over the counter relief.
- The temporary cement requires about one half hour to set. Please do not chew during that time period. Remember that provisional restorations are not strong. They may break or come off. If that happens, call us and we will replace them. If you are not where you can contact us use the Fixodent® provided in your after-care “goody” bag. Replace the provisional on your tooth using the Fixodent® to hold it in place. This denture adhesive will retain the provisional restoration until you are able to see us.
- Please do not leave the provisional restoration OUT of your mouth, because the teeth can move and the final restoration will NOT fit.
- Certain foods will stick to the provisional restoration, although this will not happen with your permanent restoration. Do not chew gum or eat sticky foods, like caramels or taffy. Also avoid very hard foods like almonds.
- The color or anatomy of the plastic provisional does not resemble the final restoration in any way.
- Provisional restorations may leak saliva or food onto the tooth. Sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweets is not uncommon. This will not be the case with your final restoration.
It is important to remember that any tooth that needs a crown has usually had one or more large fillings or restorations. This combined past treatment is cumulative trauma to the nerve. Often this translates into transient hot and cold sensitivity. However, sometimes the nerve is not able to recover and root canal treatment would be necessary. This is especially true for fractured teeth.
For More Information or to Schedule Your Appointment, Contact Us Today
If you want to know more about porcelain crowns, contact our Solana Beach office to set up a consultation appointment. You can reach us by phone at 858-755-1189. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how a dental crown can help you.