5 Things You Need To Know About Getting A Dental Crown
Has your dentist recommended a dental crown? Dental crowns are a great way to protect your natural tooth and avoid an extraction. Is a dental crown right for you? Here are a few things you need to know about getting a dental crown.
At Dean Dental Solutions in North Little Rock, we specialize in helping you maintain a healthy smile. Your teeth are important for your overall health in many ways. Even if your tooth has severe damage or breakage, you don’t need to remove it. Dental crowns have been a great solution for many patients.
1. Your tooth with a dental crown is still a tooth.
Dental crowns are not indestructible. Even though they are often made from metals and dense ceramic and porcelain materials, they can be damaged just like any other tooth.
It is important that you practice good dental hygiene with your new crown. Just as if it were a normal tooth.
2. Dental crowns are used to restore a broken or severely decayed tooth.
Your dentist may recommend a crown if a filling won’t be enough to cure the decay on your tooth. They can also be used to hold together a broken tooth.
Natural teeth are your best teeth. When it comes to treatment, your dentist wants to choose an option that is best for your overall health. A dental crown will allow the remaining, healthy parts of your tooth to continue to function.
3. Root canals always require a dental crown.
During a root canal treatment, the original crown of your tooth is grinded down to allow the dentist to treat the infected pulp in the roots of your tooth. A dental crown is placed on top of a tooth that has been treated with a root canal so it can continue to function.
Sometimes a dental crown is placed without a root canal procedure being performed. In this case, the patient may experience sensitivity for a few days after getting the crown. This is normal because a root canal treatment removes the nerve of the tooth. With a nerve the tooth is susceptible to sensitivity.
4. Your crown will be shaped and colored to match the rest of your teeth.
The process of getting a dental crown takes a few days. On the first visit your dentist will likely take a moulding of your tooth and get the exact coloring of your teeth. If you don’t have a temporary filling from a root canal, the dentist will need to grind the tooth down to get the moulding.
Your tooth will be covered with a temporary crown while your custom crown is being made. On your next visit, your crown will be cemented in.
5. Crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons.
If you have a severely discolored or misshapen tooth, the situation can be remedied with a crown.