Placing Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a thin coating, often referred to as a cap, that is affixed to a tooth that is damaged, cracked, or decayed. When a filling cannot correct the problem, dentists use crowns to reestablish the tooth’s size, shape, and strength.
These coverings don’t require special maintenance. You only need to brush and floss twice daily to keep your crowns in good condition.
The main types of dental crowns are porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, all-ceramic, and metal crowns. All-ceramic crowns are the best option for those who are allergic to metal.
The main benefits of ceramic crowns are that they completely match the color, size, and shape of your adjacent teeth, improving your visual aesthetics and smile. Our dentist at Desertview Dental Care will give you more details about dental crowns. There are two procedures for placing a dental crown, depending on which type of crown you want.
Placing a Crown Using the Multi-Day Procedure
To get dental crowns using this process, you need two dental visits. The teeth that receive crowns will be cleaned and examined by your dentist on the first visit. When teeth are prepared, the dentist will execute a root canal procedure to remove tooth decay thoroughly. The dentist will polish the tooth’s enamel to ensure the crown fits precisely. The dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental laboratory for crown production. The crown is firmly fixed at the second appointment.
Before you get a permanent dental crown, the dentist will attach a temporary crown to your teeth. You will then go home and come back at a later date when your crown is ready. During this waiting period, drinking hot or cold beverages may cause your teeth to become sensitive. Don’t chew or eat ice, hard candies or hard foods, as this can damage the temporary crown. You’ll go back for a checkup in two or three weeks. At this session, the dentist will permanently attach a crown to the afflicted tooth.
Placing a Dental Crown Using the Same Day Procedure
The same day procedure allows you to skip the temporary crown stage. The dentist will only take digital photos of your mouth. They will then use the pictures’ digital scan to build a crown that is ideal for you. The process of crown creation can take one to two hours. After the crown is ready, the dentist will attach it to the tooth receiving the crown. The whole procedure can take about three to four hours. However, only some dentists have the equipment necessary to create same day crowns in their offices. You can ask your dentist if this option exists and what the expected cost is, more so if you don’t have insurance coverage.
After getting a crown, ensure you maintain good oral hygiene. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth daily. Also, avoid chewing hard foods because they might break or crack your crown. Visit Desertview Dental Care for a crown placement process. Call us today at 623-278-9402 for more information.