Dental crowns are an effective restorative dental treatment that repairs damaged or decayed teeth. It is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over your tooth to restore its size, shape, and strength. Crowns can improve the functioning of your teeth while enhancing your smile aesthetics by improving the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. You may benefit from Union Square crowns if you have severely damaged or decayed teeth.
When to consider crowns
A dental crown restores your tooth’s shape, size, and strength, improving its appearance. You may need crowns if your tooth has undergone significant damage or decay that cannot be repaired with a filling. In such cases, a crown provides a protective covering for the tooth, preventing further damage and preserving its functionality. Your provider may also recommend crowns to improve the appearance of a discolored, misshapen, or damaged tooth. Additionally, you may benefit from this treatment after a root canal procedure to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.
What to expect when getting crowns
You will need two visits to your dentist to get dental crowns. During the first visit, Dr. Loo will remove decay and shape your tooth to accommodate the crown. She may also take an impression of the tooth to ensure the crown fits properly. Your dentist will also select a color for the crown that matches the surrounding teeth. They will then send the impression and color choice to a dental lab where the crown will be manufactured. In the meantime, the LivWell Dentistry team may place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. During the second visit, your dentist will take off the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown onto the prepared tooth. They will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the crown is comfortable and fits properly before cementing it onto your tooth.
Caring for your crown
Caring for dental crowns ensures longevity and effectiveness in protecting and restoring teeth. It is important to brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily to eliminate plaque and food particles that can accumulate around your crowns. Consider using an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent bacterial growth around the crown area. Dr, Loo may advise against chewing hard or sticky foods that can dislodge your crowns. If you have bruxism, talk to your dentist about getting a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your crowns and prevent further damage to your teeth. Routine dental check-ups and cleanings are also crucial in maintaining your crowns.
Complications associated with crowns
While dental crowns are a common and effective treatment option for restoring damaged teeth, some potential complications can arise. You may experience tooth sensitivity, which can occur after the placement of a crown. This sensitivity may be due to the removal of tooth structure during the preparation process, or it may be due to the crown not fitting properly. While crowns are designed to be durable and long-lasting, they can still be damaged if subjected to excessive force, such as biting down on hard foods or objects.
If you have severely damaged teeth, call Dr. Loo or book your spot online for crowns.