A crown falls into the Restorative Dentistry category. The crown is a cover, or cap, that covers a tooth when it has been damaged by severe tooth decay or damaged from an injury or trauma. The crown covers the tooth fully to help rebuild the strength, shape, and appearance of the injured tooth. A crown only covers the portion of the tooth protruding above the gum line. With today’s modern technology, the crown is created to fit your teeth specifically, taking into account size, color, and material. It is designed with the end goal being natural looking and functional.
Crowns can be an advantageous choice when it comes to dental work. In addition to encasing a decayed or damaged tooth, a crown can cover a dental implant, protect a root canal, or cover a larger than normal filling. The mission is to protect and salvage the damaged tooth and avoid extraction. The crown is permanently bonded and, if taken care of correctly combined with good oral hygiene, can last up to 7-15 years- sometimes longer. A dentist or specialist should be the only person to remove the crown. Crowns are not a one-size-fits-all; crowns are a one-size-fits-YOU. Each one is molded uniquely for the patient. These artificial caps are also offered in several different materials, allowing the freedom to chose which type is precisely best for you. There are three main types of crowns: resin, gold, and porcelain (ceramic). Each type is designed to be biocompatible, meaning compatible to the body.
Coming into a dental procedure such as a crown, there can be a sense of apprehension. We understand it is helpful to know what to expect from start to finish. Your dentist will walk you through every step of the procedure and gladly answer any questions you may have. Here is an overview of what to expect when getting a crown.
Science has drastically improved our ability to design and mount a crown. While each patient is different, most crowns can now be done all in one appointment using CAD/CAM technology. This allows the dentist to take digital images of your teeth and form your crown all in one appointment lasting approximately 60-75 minutes. Consult with your dentist here at Quail Springs to determine if your procedure needs to be completed in two appointments or one. The entire procedure is done in three steps:
After the procedure, your lips, tongue, and gum area may feel numb for a couple hours. You will be advised to not chew or bite your lips/cheeks to avoid injury. For approximately 24 hours post-procedure, avoid any sticky foods, acidic food/beverage, or extremely hot/cold items. After 24-48 hours, you can resume eating and drinking as normal. Some patients experience tenderness or sensitivity up to two weeks after the crown is placed, but each person heals differently. Taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol can help eliminate discomfort or soreness.
Thank you for choosing Quail Springs as your dentist in Oklahoma City. We hope that getting a dental crown done with us is as pleasant as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this procedure.