Tooth & Crown Restoration
Creating an Impression for the Dental Crown
he 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.
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.
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