When your tooth has been largely destroyed by decay and it has to be removed, a crown will be used to restore its function. A crown is also helpful in covering implants attaching a bridge, and holding a cracked tooth in place to prevent it from becoming worse. This type of implant can also help you when you have a discolored tooth that needs to be restored to its natural look. Hilliard crowns specialists at Innovative Dental Ideas can provide crowns to fix, reinforce, or replace damaged or discolored teeth.
How is a crown placed on my tooth?
When placing a crown, your dentist must prepare your tooth, this includes shaping it to fit the crown. The specialist will then make an impression of the tooth to create a crown that fits it. You will be given a temporary crown to wear before your crown is ready. Once it is is ready, your doctor will cement it on your tooth with dental glue.
Why does a dentist recommend a crown?
Your dentist is likely to recommend a crown if your tooth has broken in the past. When your tooth breaks, it happens in the deepest part that may require a root canal. It may also occur near the bone, which makes the tooth hard to restore. When the tooth is restored, it is always recommended that it is replaced with a crown. Mostly, crowns are preferred when the tooth is prone to breakage, such as the teeth with fracture lines or large fillings.
Whenever you get a cavity in your tooth, more substances have to be removed to add fillings. If this is done multiple times over the years, there usually is little space in the tooth to work on. If there is little surface area, the bond might be weak, and the filling might not work. So, with large fillings, there are chances that your tooth will break.
Is it a painful procedure?
When getting a dental crown, your doctor will likely inject you with local anesthesia to numb the area. This is to reduce discomfort or the possibility of pain. It may take a few days to recover from the inflammation of the procedure. The area will also feel numb for a few days as the effects of anesthesia fade off. You may also feel sensitivity or discomfort for the first few days. This may happen, especially when you are eating or brushing. This discomfort or sensitivity will heal within a week after the crown has been cemented.
How do I maintain my crown to make it last longer?
With good care, a crown can last for a long time. It is important to practice oral hygiene practices such as flossing, especially around the crown, to avoid the build-up of plague. You should also avoid grinding or clenching your teeth, as this can shorten the crown’s durability. Also, eating crispy food or hard ice can damage the crown. If you are looking for high-quality care to improve your smile, book an appointment with a specialist at Innovative Dental Ideas.