What To Expect From a Dental Crown

It may come unexpected, your dentist spurting out your need for a dental crown and unknowingly sending you on a mini panic attack. Often, the recommendation is to restore the shape, size, strength and even improve the aesthetics of your teeth when they are below par.

You shouldn’t be worried about getting a crown since they are restorative measures that dentists resort to when dealing with a defective tooth that fillings alone cannot fix. These dental crowns will not only improve the appearance of your teeth but will also protect a decaying or fractured tooth, hold a dental implant or bridge in place.

Fortunately, this procedure is not as frightening as you may have imagined. So, here is what to expect from a dental crown.

Your first appointment

Your dentist or perhaps one of the staff will examine the affected tooth and possibly take x-rays of the tooth and surrounding bone while filling down the tooth. However, the intensity of the filling is dependent on the type of dental crown, whether it’s metal crowns or porcelain crowns. 

Some dentists will carry out root canal therapy if there is suspicion of an infection, tooth decay, or perhaps there has been a mishap to the tooth nerves or blood vessels. After filling the tooth under examination, your dentist will make an impression of the teeth above the crown for a good fitting.

It typically takes two weeks, and your dentist will issue a temporary crown to protect your teeth between your first and second appointment. 

Second appointment

In your second appointment, your crown is ready for its new home, and your dentist won’t hesitate to remove the temporary crowns for the permanent one. You don’t need to worry about pain or discomfort, as your dentist is most likely to numb your pain using a numbing agent to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed.

Same day crown

Thanks to advancements in technology, it is possible to get your crown on your first visit without having to wait two weeks. This is because some dentists use a computer-aided design (CAD). This technology allows the dentist to take images of your tooth. This latest tech will scan and produce a 3D model of your teeth in less than 15 minutes, ready to be cemented by your dentist without hurdles.

Recovery

After getting your dental crown, there are chances you might experience some irritation or inflammation, which is normal. Generally, the recovery process is relatively short, and you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist if you still feel pain after a few days.

By working with an experienced dentist, you wouldn’t have anything to worry about as they will answer all the questions you have, including helping you choose the type of dental crown suitable for you. Feel free to give us a call or fill out our form to book an appointment.