A dental crown procedure is performed when you need to cover a decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns are used for restoring teeth when the area to be filled is very big. They can be used to reinforce weak teeth, or for cosmetic purposes, to cover discoloured or misshapen teeth. At Top Health Dental we perform crowns on a daily basis, and we are committed to offering our patients an affordable and safe crown procedure in Ryde.
What Are Dental Crowns Used For?
Dental crowns perform a number of roles, and can benefit the form and function of your teeth. Dental crowns provide structure for teeth that have been weakened or badly damaged.
They can also be used to create a new shape for teeth that are misshapen, or improve the colour of discoloured teeth.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
A dental crown is a hollow tooth-shaped restorations that fits over your natural tooth and is stuck in place with dental cement. With proper care, dental crowns can last for many years.
What To Expect From The Dental Crown Procedure
Your First Visit
Dental crowns can usually be finalised in two visits to your dentist. During your first visit your dentist will take x-rays to check on the structure of your teeth. the x-ray will give your dentist an idea of the extent of the damage or decay and may reveal that you need a root canal treatment before a crown can be placed over your tooth.
If you do not have enough tooth structure in place to support a crown, your dentist will need to fill it in first.
Shaping your tooth
The tooth that needs the treatment will be shaped during your first visit, and any tooth decay will be treated. How your dentist shapes your tooth will be determined by the type of crown you will have, but the sides and top of your tooth will need to be filed down to make space for the dental crown. Porcelain crowns require a bit more of tooth structure to be removed than metal crowns.
Making a (good) impression
The next step in the process is for your dentist to cast an impression of the newly shaped tooth. Your dental crown must fit your tooth snugly, and it must fit together with the top above in order to be comfortable.
Your dentist will use a putty-like substance to recreate the shape of your tooth. The putty will be spread over the tooth and then removed.
These impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory and this may take some time to complete, so your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to be ready.
Your dentist may take more impressions, such as some of the surrounding teeth, to make sure the permanent crown blends in with your other teeth, or of the corresponding tooth on the other jaw.
Your Second Visit
It may take up to three weeks for your permanent dental crown to be ready and once they are, you will return to your dental practitioner for the fitting.
Your dentist will numb the area with local anaesthetic first, so you don’t feel anything. Your temporary crown will be removed before your permanent dental crown is placed over your tooth and stuck in place with dental cement.
Your dentist may want to make a few small adjustments when you have checked your bite, and the way your jaws fit together.
How Will You Feel After The Dental Crown Procedure?
While the anaesthetic is still working you probably won’t feel anything but you might feel a bit of sensitivity once it wears off, for a day or two afterwards.
How Do You Care For Dental Crowns?
Even though it’s not possible for your crown to decay, it is still necessary to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Remember that there is a tooth underneath the crown and it is possible for that to decay so practicing good dental hygiene is essential.
It is possible for dental crowns to loosen after some time but by visiting your dentist on a regular basis, and ding the necessary twice-daily brushing and flossing you have a much better chance of it lasting. Remember also not to chew or extremely hard or sticky foods with your crowned tooth, as this can compromise its integrity.
Do you still have questions or concerns about the dental crown procedure? We’d love to answer them for you. Please contact us for an appointment: (02) 8776 3232.