General Dentistry: Repairing Teeth with Dental Crowns

General Dentistry: Repairing Teeth with Dental Crowns from Allure Dental of Hollywood in Hollywood, FLFixing a tooth with a crown is a common general dentistry procedure. If a tooth is damaged and a filling cannot fix the problem, or if a tooth is misshapen, putting on a crown may be the solution.

There are several reasons your dentist may recommend a crown. Some of them include:

  • Covering a tooth after a root canal procedure
  • Covering a poorly shaped or discolored tooth
  • Reinforcing a dental implant
  • Strengthening a tooth with a large filling
  • Protecting a damaged or decaying tooth
  • Anchoring a bridge

If your dentist advises a crown and you would like to learn more, here is helpful information.

Preparing for your appointment

Ask your dentist any questions you have about having a crown installed. Because it is a standard procedure, your dentist probably has experience using crowns to fix several types of problems and can answer your questions.

Crowns consist of different types of materials. Your dentist can choose one that is appropriate for your situation.

Porcelain and metal

The most common type of crown uses a base made of precious metal. Your dentist applies porcelain layers on top of it to complete the crown.

Glass

Glass crowns look natural and work well in any area of the mouth.

Porcelain

Porcelain crowns without a metal base are sometimes used in general dentistry for front teeth. They lack the strength of bonded porcelain and metal crowns.

Ceramic

A ceramic crown is stronger than a porcelain crown, and it looks natural. It is suitable for anywhere in the mouth.

Gold-alloy

These long-lasting crowns combine gold and other metal alloys to provide strength.

During and after your appointment

Putting in a crown usually takes two appointments. At the first one, your dentist examines the tooth and surrounding area. Then X-rays are taken to get a closer look at the tooth and bone.

Your dentist then files down the tooth to prepare it for the type of crown you are getting. If you risk infection, your dentist may choose to perform a root canal to prevent further damage to the tooth.

When the tooth is ready, the dentist makes an impression of the tooth and the area above it. This step ensures the crown will correctly fit the tooth and your bite. You will receive a temporary crown until a lab makes the permanent crown. It may take a couple of weeks for it to arrive back at the dentist's office.

At the second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and applies the finished one after checking the color and fit.

You may experience irritation and swelling after the procedure. Your dentist can advise you on caring for the area around your new crown. The tooth may feel different after the process since the shape and size are slightly different than your natural tooth. This sensation is normal and should go away after a few days.

If you experience ongoing pain or problems, ask your dentist to examine the area.

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Conclusion

If you are anxious about having a crown installed, Your general dentistry provider can address any concerns you have. The procedure can help protect your oral health for years to come.

Request an appointment or call Allure Dental of Hollywood at 954-514-9749 for an appointment in our Hollywood office.

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