You’ve just gotten back from your routine dental appointment and have been told you’re going to get a crown. While this may be new territory to some, it is by no means uncommon, and is a well used method to protect teeth and prevent further damage. Here are the ins and outs on what you need to know before getting the procedure.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a protective covering used for a tooth that may be prone to decay, broken or cracked; it also can be used to hold a bridge in place or cover an implant. Crowns can be made from a few different materials such as resin, porcelain, ceramic, and any type of metal with gold and stainless steel.

When is a Crown Needed?

Sometimes a tooth can decay to a point where a filling won’t be enough to save it. A crown will provide a covering to protect the rest of the tooth and prevent further decay. Also, when a tooth sustains severe damage from multiple cracks or even one large fracture, the tooth will need a crown to hold it together and save it.

How is a crown placed?

Two visits to the dentist are required to install a dental crown. Your dentist will examine the tooth in the first visit to determine if it is able to support a crown. If the tooth is too worn down, then it will need to be filled in order to make it big enough for support. Once the tooth is deemed adequate and supportive, it will then be filed down to prepare for the crown.

After being filed to the right size, an impression will be made of the affected tooth and those surrounding it. This impression will be sent away to a lab so the crown can be custom made. In the meantime, a temporary crown is used until the permanent one is ready for install during the second visit.

The new crown will most likely feel strange in your mouth, however, it will begin to feel normal in a week or two.

If you feel you have significant tooth decay and may be in need of a crown, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mary Ann Childs today. Your teeth will get a full examination and the next step in proper preventative care and protection will be provided to you.

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