If you’ve never had a dental crown, it can be daunting. However, dental crowns are very common and routine. It typically takes two visits for a crown. In some cases, there exists technology that allows a crown to be prepared and cemented in only one visit
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. They are typically bonded to the tooth using dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods.
A good candidate for a Dental Crown should have the desire to correct damaged teeth. Teeth that are cracked, chipped or decayed could benefit from crowns. A patient’s dentist may determine that dental crowns are needed to aid in other dental procedures such as a dental bridge or covering a dental implant post. In addition to the physical characteristics needed for the procedure, a good candidate for dental crowns will have a complete understanding of the dental procedure and recovery.
A dentist might recommend placing a dental crown for a variety of reasons but, in general, most of these reasons will usually fall within one of the following basic categories:
You shouldn’t feel any discomfort or sensitivity after a crown is placed. However, if your tooth has not had a root canal it will still contain the nerve. You may therefore have some temporary sensitivity to heat and cold. If you notice pain or sensitivity when you bite down, contact your dentist. Usually this means that the crown is too high. This can be adjusted easily.
You may notice a thin, dark line next to the gum line on your crowned tooth if you look very closely in the mirror, particularly if you have a PFM crown. This dark line is the metal of the crown showing through and is normal. A crowned tooth is protected from decay, except for the gum line. Your dentist may prescribe a high-fluoride gel for you to use every night to protect against decay. A crown does not protect against gum disease. You should continue practicing good oral hygiene.