Dental crowns, also known as caps, are synthetically-created teeth utilized to cover a damaged tooth. Natural teeth can be damaged due to genetics, the aging process, diet, and oral hygiene. A dental crown procedure may be performed to address broken or fractured teeth, cosmetic reasons, decayed teeth, filling cracks, or to restore a tooth that has recently undergone a root canal. Other additional dental treatments may be necessary based on the patient’s dental issue.
Types of Dental Crowns
- Porcelain Crowns
- Metal Crowns
- Gold Crowns
- Resin Crowns
- Ceramic Crowns
Dental Crowns Treatment Benefits
Dental crowns can restore damaged teeth. A dental crown will encase and protect the natural tooth with a covering. Dental crowns can be matched to the exact color of the patient’s smile which will allow the crown to look natural and seamlessly blend into the smile. Dental crowns can help repair functional issues with the bite. Crowns can also help seal a tooth crack. Dental crowns can help boost confidence and self-esteem.
Dental Crowns Treatment Candidates
Dental crown candidates may have a weak, decaying, loose, or worn-down tooth. Candidates for a dental crown procedure will meet with Dr. Patel for a comprehensive consultation. Dr. Patel will perform a thorough oral exam and various other tests, including a digital exam to assess the oral health of the patient. If a dental crown procedure is needed, then Dr. Patel will create a customized treatment plan for the patient based on their specific dental needs and expertise. Dr. Patel will spend time with the patient discussing the pre- and post-procedure details. During this appointment, patients can ask Dr. Patel any questions or concerns about the dental crown procedure.
Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown procedure may take several visits to complete based on the patient’s needs. Patients may require additional treatments before undergoing a dental crown procedure. Dr. Patel will complete any additional dental treatments before beginning the dental crown procedure.
During the first appointment, the tooth will be prepared for the dental crown. Dr. Patel will administer a localized numbing injection to shape the tooth for the crown. An impression will be taken to create the dental crown. A temporary dental crown will be placed on the tooth while the permanent crown is being created. The mold will be sent to the laboratory where the dental technician will create the dental crown. During the second visit, Dr. Patel will remove the temporary crown and adjust the permanent crown before permanently placing it. Dr. Patel will then apply the cement to place the crown on the natural tooth.
Dental Crown Aftercare
Following the dental crown procedure, patients may experience slight discomfort or irritation. Dr. Patel may prescribe medications to help reduce any swelling or soreness surrounding the crown area. Patients should avoid any hard or sticky foods 24 hours after the procedure. Patients should continue practicing good oral care including regular brushing and flossing.
Dr. Patel recommends patients schedule routine dental check-ups to monitor the dental crown and prevent any dental issues. During routine check-ups, Dr. Patel will assess the crown and adjust the crown if necessary. If patients experience any issues with the crown, they should contact Valley Alder Family Dentistry right away to restore the crown.