Dental crowns are designed to cover, protect, and restore the shape and strength of damaged teeth. Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain, resin, or ceramic.
Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about getting a dental crown.
Dental crown placement does not hurt since the dentist will administer anesthesia before moving further with the procedure. However, you might feel slight discomfort after the placement of the crown, which is normal. You may also experience slight tenderness and soreness along the gum line after the placement of the crown. If the pain or discomfort persists for more than two days, you should contact the dentist immediately.
Getting a dental crown usually requires two dental visits. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown by removing any decay and taking impressions and measurements of the outer part of the tooth. All this is performed to ensure that the crown fits the tooth precisely and takes 50 to 90 minutes to complete. During the second appointment, your permanent crown will be fixed in place. This procedure usually takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
You can choose from several options of materials for your dental crown. The most common materials used for fabricating crowns are porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, gold, and metal alloy. Materials like porcelain and ceramic are durable and match the exact color of your natural teeth. On the other hand, metal crowns are sturdier but more visible.
Dental crowns can last forever in some cases. The way the patient takes care of their teeth and the crown is what determines its longevity. People who don’t follow a good oral hygiene routine and make a habit of biting into hard foods may require a crown replacement at some point.
After the placement of the dental crown, the dentist will instruct you to consume soft foods to avoid any irritation or damage. Moreover, the dentist will also recommend over-the-counter medications to ease inflammation, swelling, or discomfort.
Dr. Jayme A. Oliveira Filho at Alencar Family Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care services to patients in Chesapeake, Virginia. For appointments, call (757) 546-0301 or book online on our website. You can also visit us at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320.