Damage to a tooth doesn’t always hurt. Sometimes, a patient might ignore a tooth that has become worn down, broken, chipped, or cracked because there is no pain involved. Unfortunately, this can lead to further damage and more serious issues. If you are experiencing any of these issues with one of your teeth, a dental crown may be the answer. Call Roger L. Gillespie at 310-325-4155 for an appointment to see if a dental crown is right for you.
What can a dental crown fix?
A dental crown can be used to help protect a tooth that has become weakened by decay, preventing it from breaking. If the tooth has already broken (whether from decay or from injury), a crown may be used to hold it together, preventing the need for a dental implant or bridge replacement. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to become seriously worn down over time, but dental crowns can be used to repair these as well. Dental crowns are also usually placed over anchor teeth to help hold dental bridges in place. In cosmetic dentistry, crowns may be used instead of veneers in order to cover teeth that have become severely stained or discolored as well.
What is the process for getting a dental crown?
Before your dental crown is put into place, x-rays will be taken to determine the extent of damage that has occurred. If the damage is extensive, a root canal or filling may be necessary before the crown can be placed over the tooth. Once the tooth is ready, your dentist will numb the area of your mouth where the tooth is located, and the tooth will be filed in order to prepare it for the crown. An impression of your tooth will be made and sent to a laboratory where your permanent crown will be made; in the meantime, your dentist will fit your with a temporary crown to prevent any further damage from occurring.
While your temporary crown is in place, it is important that you avoid chewing gum or other sticky and hard to chew foods. These may dislodge the temporary crown and cause further damage to your tooth. Whenever possible, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the temporary crown is altogether. You will also need to avoid flossing around that particular tooth, and be extra careful when brushing. Once the permanent crown is in place, you will be allowed to return to eating, brushing, and flossing normally.
Once your permanent crown is in place, it will require no special care beyond normal oral hygiene procedures such as regular brushing and flossing. Regular checkups with be necessary to ensure your crown stays in place and doesn’t need any additional bonding and replacing.