A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. Being tooth-shaped, it improves the tooth’s appearance to its ideal look. It can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, resin, or metal alloys.
Dental crowns are used to treat broken teeth, cracked teeth, worn down teeth, teeth with large fillings, discolored teeth, and teeth with uneven surfaces.
What Happens During a Dental Crown Procedure?
The entire process of placing a crown usually takes two to three visits. During your first visit, your dentist will shape your tooth to make room for the crown. Next, they will take an impression of your tooth to send to their lab, where they will create a custom crown. Typically, the dental lab will use this impression to create a temporary crown for you to wear while your permanent crown is being crafted.
What Aftercare Does a Dental Crown Process Require?
Once your dentist places your dental crown, it will take a couple of weeks to get used to the new addition. This is also when you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold, as well as normal tooth soreness. This sensitivity should only last a few days, and your dentist in Aurora, CO can help you manage the soreness with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Our dentist will give you instructions on how to properly care for your crown, such as what foods and drinks to avoid. It is important to follow those instructions, as failing to do so could damage your crown. For example, hard foods could break or crack your crown.
You may feel sensitivity to your crown; but if this is severe, you should let our dentist know.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown?
- A crown may also be used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal.
- It can restore a damaged tooth by covering it completely.
- A dental crown fits completely over the top of a tooth, strengthening it and protecting it from further damage.
- Crowns restore the tooth's shape, size, and appearance.
- They improve the teeth's function.
- They can hold a dental bridge in place or cover dental implants.
- Crowns work and look just like natural teeth.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule a consultation with our dentist at our practice located at 2711 S Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014, you can either contact us via email or call H&M Family Dentistry at (303) 353-9611. We will be happy to assist you further.