What Are Dental Crowns and Do I Need Them?


Your teeth are essential parts of your facial attractiveness, your ability to talk, your ability to eat, and even your overall health. Sometimes, natural or traumatic causes lead to dental problems. These dental problems can be both painful and unsightly and often lead to more problems down the line. To quickly resolve these problems and restore tooth function and appearance, Dr. Celeste Springer and Dr. Bryan Springer perform dental crowning. With dental crowns, a small "cap" can be cemented over a tooth to completely encase and cover it.

Dental Crowns Are Used For...

Dental crowns are necessary to assist in correcting the following conditions:

  • Covering or supporting teeth weakened by large fillings.

  • Protecting weak teeth to prevent tooth decay or breakage

  • Restoring broken teeth

  • Holding dental bridges in place

  • Improving aesthetics by covering a dental implant, severe tooth discoloration, or misshapen teeth

Candidates

Ideal candidates for dental crowns are in overall good health and need one or more of the above corrective measures for their teeth. Even though dental crown results are typically very satisfactory, patients should have realistic expectations and be prepared to carefully follow doctor recommendations for caring for their teeth after getting a dental crown.

Procedure

The procedure for receiving dental crowns requires two office visits. At the first visit, the tooth is examined and prepared, which may involve a root canal if there is extensive damage. After administering anesthesia to the tooth and surrounding tissue, the tooth is filed down all around to accommodate the crown. If the tooth is broken, a filling material is used to build the tooth up so that it will be able to support the crown. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth to create a customized crown. He will then send you home with a temporary crown. It is very important to follow doctor instructions for proper care of your temporary crown during this time.

Once your permanent crown has been created, you will come in a second time for it to be placed. A local anesthetic will be applied, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be cemented into place around the tooth. For individuals who experience anxiety about dental treatment, our studio offers sedation dentistry so that you can be sedated for the entire procedure.

Recovery

Patients who are fully sedated for the procedure should not drive for 24 hours afterward and should be accompanied by a responsible caregiver until the effects of sedation have fully worn off. After receiving a permanent crown, patients are prescribed medication to lessen any soreness, pain, or discomfort that may occur in the following few days. You may also experience some temporary sensitivity. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a few days.

Results

Dental crowns offer many pleasing results, including improved aesthetics and functionality. They are designed to last for many years, and their lifespan can be lengthened by avoiding wear and tear and by following proper hygiene practices with regular brushing and flossing. Dental crowns can help to keep your smile beautiful and protect your teeth.


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