DENTAL CROWNS FAQ
1. HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY TEMPORARY CROWN?
It is important to remember, that temporary dental crowns are a temporary fix until our dental laboratory completes the permanent crown and as a result, it requires a few precautions that we would like you to know and be aware of:
Avoid chewy or sticky foods such as gums or caramel candies. These sticky foods have a potential of pulling off the temporary crowns. Try to limit the use of the side of your mouth on the side that has a temporary crown and instead shift most of your chewing to the other side of your mouth. Be careful or avoid hard foods such as raw vegetables which could break temporary teeth cap. Having a temporary crown should not prevent you from continuing taking care of your dental health and regular oral hygiene. When flossing between the temporary crown slide your floss out instead of lifting it - this will help keep the temporary crown in place.
2. HOW IS A DENTAL CROWN DONE?
Dental procedure for placing crowns by a dentist usually takes two dentist visits. On your first visit:
The dentist gives you a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
To prepare your tooth for the dental crown, the dentist files down the tooth to make room for the crown.
An impression of the filed-down tooth and other teeth are taken. This impression of your mouth is used to manufacture custom made dental crown. This step makes sure that a crown fits over your tooth, sitting correctly on your gum line and is the right shape.
Because it takes approximately two weeks for a dental laboratory to manufacture your custom made crown, our dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth that is being restored. The temporary crown is made from your tooth impression before it was filled down. The reason you want a temporary crown in place is to protect your filled down tooth while your permanent crown is ready.
On your second appointment, our dentist will take off the temporary crown and after making sure everything fits and you are satisfied with the colour of a crown - your permanent crown is cemented in place. With proper oral care, your crown will be able to last for a while.
3. POTENTIAL ISSUES THAT COULD DEVELOP WITH A DENTAL CROWN?
Sensitivity and discomfort. After you had your tooth capped, you may experience sensitivity immediately after the procedure as the anesthesia wears off. If your tooth under the crown still has a healthy nerve in it, you may feel sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Our dentist dr Alexandra Zemskova may suggest brushing your teeth with sensitivity toothpaste. If you experience pain or sensitivity when biting down, it may mean that the dental crown is sitting too high on the tooth, and our dental center quickly corrects it. Give us a call to schedule a follow-up visit to repair it at no charge.
Chipped dental crown. There are different types of dental crowns (all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal) but they all have porcelain material that sometimes can chip. If it is a small chip, a composite filling can be used to fix the chipped crown without replacing it entirely and at the time of your appointment. If it is a large chip or other repairs need to be done, then the crown may need to be replaced.
Crown falls off. Sometimes a dental crown can fall off. If your tooth underneath the crown is beginning to decay, it can cause a tooth cap to fall off. The other reason is a loosening of the cementing material. If for any reason your dental crown falls off, clean your crown and a surface of your tooth and if you are nearby dental clinic - stop by for a quick fix or call to schedule an appointment for our dentist to fix it. Our dental doctor may be able to re-cemented back in its place, or a new crown will need to be made.
Loose crown. Sometimes dental cement can wash out from under the crown, loosening the crown in the process. This not only loosens a dental crown but also allows for bacteria to access healthy part of the tooth under the crown, causing a decay. If your crown feels loose, contact our dentist office to get it fixed.
Allergic reaction. Some crowns have a mixture of metal and porcelain materials, and on extremely rear occasions, an allergic reaction can occur. If this happens, all porcelain crown will need to be used instead.
Dark line on the crown tooth. A dark line between the gums and a crown tooth is normal, especially if you had a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown placed. This dark line is metal showing through porcelain. Dark line on itself is not a problem. However, it does not look cosmetically pleasing. To correct that, our dentist may have to replace a crown with all porcelain dental crown to avoid it.
4. HOW LONG DO DENTAL CROWN LAST?
Dental crowns are durable and generally last approximately ten(10) years or longer if you take good care of them. Make sure to follow your regular oral health routine and brush and floss your crown, just like you clean your natural teeth. Do not bite down on hard objects or use your crown to open or cut things as dental crowns, just like your natural teeth can chip or break as a result.