Dental crowns help improve the aesthetics and the function of a smile. The dentist might suggest dental crowns if you have broken or damaged teeth. Crowns can also be used to fix discoloration or to cover chips and gaps. Keep reading to learn more about crowns and what to expect when you get them:
The Dentist Readies the Area
Whether you need a root canal before you get the crown or the dentist has to build a foundation, the dentist will spend some time working on the affected area to prepare it for the crown. The tooth must be filed to ensure that there is plenty of room in the mouth for the new addition. If there is significant decay or damage, the dentist will remove it before putting the crown into place.
The Dentist Places a Temporary Crown
The dentist will use a special material to create a mold of your tooth. He or she sends this mold to the lab so they can create a personalized permanent crown for your mouth. While you wait for the permanent piece, the dentist will fit you with a temporary crown that keeps the area protected until you can get your permanent crown. You will need to return for another visit to get your permanent crown put into place and molded to fit your bite.
The Crown Serves as a Replacement Tooth
As long as the crown is properly put into place, you should not notice it in your mouth. A dental crown cannot get tooth decay, but the gum surrounding it is still susceptible to infection and periodontal disease. It is important to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine to ensure that the surrounding teeth and gums remain healthy.
Dr. John Carson is one of Tucson’s top dentists and is here to get you set up with dental crowns and other preventative and cosmetic procedures that optimize your smile. With his help, you can enjoy healthy, beautiful teeth and gums. To learn more, visit us online or call (520) 514-7203.