One of the most common dental issues that people see us for is cracked or broken teeth. There is a fix that will help many people. A dental crown is like a cap that is placed on top of what is left of the tooth. It will be taken care of in two visits.
On your first visit you will receive a temporary crown, and a mold will be made. On the second visit, you will receive your permanent crown. It will look and feel just like a natural tooth. If you have one or more crowns, you will want to take care of them. Otherwise, the crown could break, and it would have to be replaced.
Temporary Dental Crown
When you have the temporary crown, you will want to be careful while you eat. Avoid foods that are sticky or overly chewy. Do not bite down hard on the temporary crown.
Permanent Dental Crown
Once you receive your permanent crown, you will still need to be careful. It will not be quite as strong as a natural tooth. Avoid biting foods that are particularly hard such as hard candies. If you bite your fingernails, you will need to finally stop. Another thing that can damage a crown is grinding your teeth. If that is something that you tend to do, try to reduce your stress.
Otherwise, you will take care of your crown the way that you take care of the rest of your teeth. Brush your teeth after each meal with fluoridated toothpaste. If you feel any discomfort, make an appointment to have us look at it immediately.
Crowns are an affordable and practical way to cover a damaged tooth that does not need to be replaced. With proper care, your crown will be a part of your smile for years to come. If you would like more information, we would love to talk to you about crowns.