By: Clint Newman DDS On: July 08, 2014 In: Restorative Dentistry Comments: 0

Getting Dental Crowns

Having one or more damaged teeth can negatively impact both your health and self-confidence. There are multiple ways to restore your smile through general or cosmetic dentistry, all suited for different patients and problems, and one such method is through the use of dental crowns. A crown functions like a cap, covering the tooth while effectively restoring its form and function. Many patients opt for this procedure because of its natural appearance and practicality.

The Procedure

The procedure for placement of a crown is two-fold. If you are also receiving a dental implant, it will be inserted prior to the crown.

The First Appointment

Decay will then be removed from the applicable teeth, and their surfaces will be prepared in order to properly bond with a crown. Then, patients will have impressions made of their teeth, which will serve as molds for any dental crowns. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth while the final crown is crafted.

Between Appointments

Temporary crowns are not as strong or durable as permanent ones, and patients should therefore be careful between the first and second visit. Sticky and tough foods should be avoided, as they can pull on the temporary crown and remove it. Tobacco and alcohol use are also detrimental to the temporary cement, as well as your teeth and gums, which will likely be extra sensitive during this time.

Due to heightened sensitivity, you should avoid hot or cold drinks such as coffee or soda. Rinsing with warm saltwater – one teaspoon of salt per glass of water – may help sooth teeth and gums.

Finally, be especially vigilant in your hygiene: brush and floss responsibly yet carefully, as you do not want to move or exert pressure on the crown. To avoid lifting the crown up with your floss, pull the floss out laterally (not up) when finished.

The Second Appointment

Finally, your temporary crown will be removed, the teeth will be cleaned in preparation, and the permanent crown will be cemented in place. For the first 24 hours, you should take the same precautions as noted above.

Continue Proper Hygiene

A crown may be a tooth replacement, but it doesn’t stop decay on its own. Proper hygiene is important to maintaining the health of your crown and the tooth beneath it. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and using a fluoride mouthwash are all necessary if you want your dental work to truly be permanent. Patients should also attend routine dental appointments.

Considering a Dental Crown or Similar Procedure?

If you think you may be a candidate for a crown, or you simply want to examine your options, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Newman welcomes your questions, and is happy to help you reach the right decision for your teeth.

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