Dental crowns are high-quality restorations that are designed to be placed over the top of a tooth. They’re used to restore teeth that have been badly injured, heavily decayed, dangerously weakened, or otherwise in need of additional support. The crown is designed to cover the entire visible structure of the tooth while preserving the structure that remains. With a new crown in place, patients can enjoy their fully restored and functional tooth once more without worry! If you’re struggling with a smile that isn’t at its best, don’t hesitate to contact our Ann Arbor location today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Cocco.
First, our team will need to slightly reduce the size of your tooth to successfully accommodate the new crown. We will then take a detailed impression and send that impression to a trusted dental laboratory, who will create your new, custom-made restoration. In the meantime, Dr. Cocco will provide you with a temporary crown so that the altered tooth is well-protected. Finally, when we receive the finished crown from the lab, we’ll make any necessary adjustments before cementing it in place. This process typically requires two appointments that are spaced a few weeks apart.
As long as you care for it properly, your new dental crown should last for years. We strongly recommend that you brush and floss carefully around the tooth to avoid a build-up of plaque in the area. Also, exercise caution when eating foods that are overly tough or chewy.
Whether you are dealing with significant damage or decay, a dental crown is one of the most effective ways to fix the look of your smile and improve your oral health. But will it hurt to have a crown placed? Will problems develop in the future? Will it look natural? These are just a few of the many commonly asked questions patients often have when preparing to receive a dental crown. To ease your mind and offer a greater understanding of this restorative procedure, Dr. Cocco and her team have compiled some insightful questions and answers for you to review. If you have additional inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yes, it will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Dr. Cocco will work closely with the dental lab technicians to ensure all specifications (i.e. color, size, and shape) are met. Once the finalized restoration is created, she will inspect it before cementing it over your natural tooth. Once in place, the permanent crown should appear no different from the rest of your teeth, making it less likely for anyone to notice or tell a difference in your smile.
When receiving a dental crown, your dentist will need to modify your natural, healthy tooth to ensure your new restoration fits properly over the weakened tooth. To do this, she will need to file it down. Before beginning the process, she will numb the tooth so that you do not feel any pain while she modifies your tooth. Once the numbing solution wears off, you will likely experience some minor soreness, which can be treated using an over-the-counter pain reliever or cold compress.
Much like any other type of restoration, you will need to take all the necessary precautions to ensure it lasts as long as possible. There are instances when a problem can develop even if you are mindful of what you eat and how you use your teeth throughout the day. Some of these include:
In the days following your dental crown placement, you may need to avoid hard, crunchy foods and instead, opt for softer, more malleable foods. This will ensure your crown does not become damaged or irritated. Should you experience any form of soreness or discomfort, over-the-counter medication can aid in reducing any swelling or inflammation.
Yes, the weakened tooth can become re-infected or damaged while wearing a dental crown. If your crown falls off, this can expose your tooth to the potential for both damage and decay; however, the resin used to fill and seal your tooth should protect against any harmful bacteria. It is important that you continue to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing a dental crown to avoid further problems that could negatively impact your restoration and oral health.