Picture this: you visit your dentist for your annual checkup. Everything starts fine – but then, as you’re open-mouthed in the chair, your dentists says something that makes you panic:
“Well, it looks like you’re going to need a crown.”
Crowns are a widespread kind of restorative dentistry. These simple caps can protect a decaying or fractured tooth, hold a dental implant or bridge in place, or even make a discolored tooth look better. Unfortunately, the procedure of getting a crown can be scary for many patients – but it doesn’t have to be!
Getting a dental crown is far less frightening when you know what you’re getting into. So today, let’s discuss the process of getting a crown.
What Is a Crown?
A dental crown is a restorative cover that sits over the top of your tooth. This cover is usually made from porcelain or resin, and it helps protect a tooth while restoring its color, shape, and strength.
There are several reasons that someone might need a dental crown. Your dentist might recommend one if you have a cavity that’s too large for a traditional filling, if your tooth is worn down, decayed, or otherwise weakened, or if you’d like to hide a badly discolored tooth.
Getting a dental crown usually takes two visits to your dentist. At your initial visit, the dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic, then prepare the tooth for the crown. This means they will clear away any decal and shave down the tooth so the crown will fit once it’s in place.
Next, your dentist will make an impression of your prepared tooth (either with a mold or a digital scan). This impression will go off to the lab so the crown can be built, and you’ll head home with a temporary crown over your tooth.
Your second visit is typically two weeks later. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown at this appointment and place the custom-made crown in its place. The dentist will examine the crown for proper fit, color, and comfort – and if everything looks good, they will cement the crown onto your tooth. Just like that, you’re all done… and your smile looks great!
The Healing Process
Most people ask the same question when they find out they need a crown: “Will it hurt?” Luckily, this is a fairly simple procedure that doesn’t have an extended healing period. Most dentists use anesthetic during the preparation process so that you won’t experience much pain during your visit.
You may feel some discomfort and sensitivity in the days after receiving your crown, but this will fade as the dental cement hardens and your gums recover from the procedure.
How to Prepare
While a dental crown is a widespread procedure, there are a few things you can do to make sure your visit goes smoothly. If you’re going to get a dental crown, make sure you follow these guidelines:
Many people suffer from dental anxiety – and that can become even worse when they know a filling or crown is coming their way. Unfortunately, a tense and anxious patient can make a dentist’s job much more difficult. Try your best to get plenty of sleep the night before your appointment and stay relaxed during your visit; trust us, it’s better for everyone.
Be Careful with Your Temporary Crown
As we mentioned earlier, you’ll leave your first appointment with a temporary crown over your tooth. This piece will protect your tooth while you wait for the finished crown, but it is not as strong as the real thing. Make sure you’re careful with that crown in the time between your appointments! Avoid sticky foods like gum, and be careful when brushing and flossing around the temporary crown.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Whether you need a dental crown, implant, or just a standard cleaning, the Blue Island Smiles team is happy to provide you with expert service that keeps your smile beautiful. Call Blue Island Smiles to schedule your appointment today!