3 AnswersGetting a dental crown placed involves several steps, and any of these may cause pain or discomfort. For instance, if you need a root canal before getting the crown placed, you may be in pain if you don't have anesthesia or pain medicine to help. Building the foundation for the crown is another possible step that may hurt. Filing the tooth to prepare it for the crown, taking impressions to make a model for the crown, and placing the temporary and permanent crowns may all be uncomfortable as well. Remember though, that this procedure doesn't have to hurt or cause anxiety or fear. Talk with your dentist about ways to help you relax, control any pain you may have during the procedure, and help with any discomfort after the crown is placed. Your dentist should be able to answer your questions and give you options to make getting a dental crown as comfortable an experience as possible.
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Dental crowns treat many conditions. For instance, you may need a crown to cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. Crowns can also make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.
2 AnswersA dental crown procedure is done over the course of two or more dental visits and may involves the following steps before the crown is placed: a root canal, building a foundation, and filing the tooth. A root canal may be a necessary step if the tooth that is getting the crown has a lot of decay. The root canal can lower your risk of infection that reaches the innermost part of the tooth (the pulp). A foundation is the part that supports the crown, or cap, so that it can be placed on the damaged or decayed tooth. The last “pre-procedure” step involves filing the tooth, to prepare it for getting the crown.
Once any “pre-procedure” steps are done, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth getting the crown and will send this impression to a special laboratory so that a permanent crown can be made. At this point, your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth. The temporary crown is usually not as strong as a permanent crown and is not meant to last long -- just until your permanent crown is ready. When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will place it over the tooth and make sure it doesn't need any final adjustments. Once it is fitting well, he or she will cement the permanent crown into place. If you take good care of your crown by brushing your teeth twice a day and keeping up with your dentist visits, your crown should last for many years to come.
2 AnswersTo prepare you for getting a dental crown, your dentist may first need to do a root canal on the tooth. Preparing for this treatment involves a complete dental exam. Your dentist should know your medical history as well as the medicines you are taking. Even if you aren't getting a root canal before your crown placement process begins, make sure your dentist has this important background information about you.
The process of dental crown placement is a multi-step procedure. It involves building a foundation for the crown, filing the tooth that is getting the crown, placement of a temporary crown, and then placement of the permanent crown. If any of these steps make you anxious or uncomfortable, another way to come prepared is to talk with your dentist about pain control options. These days, there are many ways for your dentist to reduce your pain, help you feel less anxious, and overall make your dental crown placement a less stressful procedure.
Finally, one of the best ways you can prepare for your crown placement is by asking your dentist as many questions as you need to feel comfortable, both about the procedure itself and about how to care for your crown after it is placed.
2 AnswersYour dentist may have recommended covering one or more of your teeth with dental crowns, and you may be glad to know that this type of dental work is commonly used. A recent study done in Europe found that in England, about a third of the adult population had a crown. A study looking at dental treatment in older people in New York City found that in 270 people over age 55, over 40% had crowns placed. So if your dentist thinks that your tooth (or teeth) could benefit from a dental crown, you can be assured that this is not an unusual type of dental treatment. It's a common way to help protect a tooth that is badly broken or too decayed to be able to support a filling. For more information on dental crowns, talk with your dentist. He or she is a great resource and should be able to answer any questions you may have.
1 AnswerThe most common complication with ceramic dental crowns is that they tend to chip or break more than the more traditional metal crowns. Ceramic crowns are prone to break under tension or impact, so they may not be a good option if you are a teeth grinder. And if the ceramic crown gets chipped or its surface becomes rough, it can wear down nearby teeth. Your dentist can help you choose the type of crown that is right for you.
1 AnswerUnder normal circumstances, you should be able to drive following the appointment to have a ceramic dental crown put in because your dentist will most likely give you a local anesthetic that numbs only the area around your tooth.
A local anesthetic contains a drug frequently used in dental offices to numb a tooth for a procedure, so you won’t feel pain while the dentist works on your tooth. When a local anesthetic is used, you are fully awake and aware like you normally are. The drug only numbs the skin and tissue on a small part of your body and does not make you sleepy.
After you leave the dental office and until the drug wears off completely, your face may feel funny from the numbness and it might be difficult to eat or drink.
General anesthesia, on the other hand, sedates you so that you doze off. It usually takes about 45 minutes to recover from general anesthesia. This type of drug is sometimes used by dentists, but usually not for someone who is having a ceramic dental crown put it. If your dentist uses general anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home.
It’s always a good idea to find out beforehand what if any drug your dentist plans to use for the procedure.
1 AnswerIf your ceramic crown does not fit well over the tooth or if it becomes loose or falls out, you should call your dentist. In some cases, the cement that the dentist used to secure the ceramic crown to your tooth may wash away and cause the crown to become loose or even fall out.
Harmful bacteria could get under a loose crown and cause further tooth decay, so call your dentist if the crown feels loose when you eat, or if you can smell an odor around the tooth, you have pain that won't go away, or the area around the tooth won't stop bleeding—three signs of infection. If the crown actually falls out, put it in a secured plastic bag and take it with you to the dentist. You will probably need to have a new ceramic crown made but the dentist might be able to use the old one as a temporary crown until the new one is ready.
Recovery time after getting a ceramic crown is the same as any other type of crown or regular dental visit.
Once the numbness from the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some soreness in your face and jaw, but should otherwise not feel any pain where the crown is attached.
The crown procedure usually takes two office visits to complete. In the first visit, the dentist files down the tooth to make room for a crown to fit over it and then takes a mold of the tooth that will be sent to a dental laboratory to create the crown.
The dentist will put a temporary crown over the tooth to allow you to eat and chew normally until you can return in a few weeks to have the permanent ceramic crown cemented on to the tooth’s core.
At the second visit, the dentist may add filling to the tooth to make it stable before attaching the ceramic crown.
If the dentist performs a root canal on the tooth first before adding the permanent crown, it may take longer to recover from anesthesia used to numb the area. If you’ve never had a root canal in the tooth that was crowned, then the tooth will still have a nerve. This means you will have feeling in that tooth, so you may have temporary sensitivity to cold for a while after the procedure.
1 AnswerYou will know if your ceramic dental crown addition is successful if the crown looks and feels pretty much like a normal tooth and the tooth with the crown is free of pain, once you have healed from the procedure.
The key to successful ceramic crown restoration involves adequate thickness of porcelain (ceramic) and the proper bonding to the tooth underneath. One main advantage of a ceramic crown is that it looks very much like a normal tooth. So in addition to regular check-ups with your dentist, a quick look in the mirror at your smile is good indicator of whether the ceramic dental crown procedure was a success.