Getting Dental CrownsHaving 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 ProcedureThe 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 AppointmentDecay 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 AppointmentsTemporary 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.