Restoring Your Tooth with a Crown
For many individuals, a crown is going to be suggested as the best way to restore a damaged tooth. A variety of situations may lead to your dentist suggesting that a crown is the proper way to restore one of your teeth. They include:
- A tooth is fractured and is no longer able to withstand normal chewing.
- The existing tooth structure is severely weakened due to extreme loss of tooth. Since it can no longer support the amount of filling that is needed to repair the tooth, a crown is recommended.
- A tooth has been discolored over a large portion of its area creating a bad smile and compromised esthetics.
- You have recently had a root canal and your tooth has become extremely brittle and unable to withstand normal chewing. It needs to be protected with the strength of a crown.
- You have lost teeth, and the crown is needed to help support its repair.
No matter what the reason is behind your need for a crown (more commonly known as a cap), the process is the same. The first step is to fabricate a crown that fits the tooth in question. You may or may not receive local anesthesia during this process.
Las Vegas Dentistry: Creating an Impression for the Dental Crown
The crown is designed to retain as much of the natural look of your mouth as possible. During this process, a mold is taken for use in the creation of your crown. It is styled to reach down beneath the gum line so that it doesn’t show. The impression is taken using specialized equipment.
You should not feel any pain during this part of the visit. However, if you do, please call us or refer to the directions that we have provided. If you do experience any discomfort, it should only last for a short time.
Las Vegas Dentistry: Creating a Temporary Crown
Since you will need to wait for your permanent crown, a temporary one will be made and placed on your tooth by your Las Vegas dentist. Temporary crowns are also known as transitional crowns. They are crafted from acrylic (plastic) and should protect the remaining tooth structure and gums from unnecessary harm. A temporary cement is used to place the crown, enabling easy removal of the crown when you come into the office to receive placement of the permanent crown. If the tooth falls off in the interim, please give us a call and we can schedule a visit to replace it temporarily.
Caring for Temporary Crowns
Since the success of your permanent crown is contingent upon the care that you provide for the temporary one, it is important that you follow your Las Vegas dentist’s recommendations regarding proper care. With the exception of flossing, you should continue your normal brushing habits. You will receive instructions on the proper way to floss the area surrounding the temporary crown. If you do not follow this advice, it is possible that you will lift the temporary crown up and away from the existing tooth structure.
If the crown should fall off, it is essential that you contact your Las Vegas dentist about coming into the office to have it re-cemented. If the crown comes off and it is not placed back onto your tooth, the existing tooth structure might move its position. If this occurs, the permanent crown will not fit properly.
Placing the Permanent Crown
Once your permanent crown has been fabricated, you can come into the Las Vegas dental office to have it put in place. Before it is permanently cemented to the existing tooth, the dentist will check for bite discrepancies. If any issues are discovered, the dentist can make adjustments to the crown to ensure that your bite is properly aligned.
Caring for the Permanent Crown
Once the crown has been cemented into your mouth, you should care for it in the same manner as your teeth. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, as well as using mouthwash daily. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important not only for your teeth but also for your crowns. If you take care of it properly, a permanent crown can last for approximately ten years.