Dental crowns are popular solutions for many dental problems. For example, they protect a damaged tooth, restore a broken tooth or cover a dental implant to prevent further sensitivity and pain. Below, the friendly experts at Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry explore what you can expect after getting a dental crown. We also cover the process, recovery and benefits of dental crowns so you know what to expect!
A dental crown is a cap covering a tooth’s visible part. Crowns are custom-made from porcelain, ceramic, metal or a combination of these to fit the shape and size of your tooth. Crowns are permanently cemented in place for lasting effectiveness.
Getting a dental crown involves two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing decay or damage and shaping it to fit the crown. They also take impressions of your tooth to create a custom crown. Impressions ensure the crown matches your natural teeth. Then, a temporary crown is placed on your tooth while the permanent crown is made.
In the second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent one. Again, they adjust the crown to ensure it fits properly and feels comfortable. Once the crown is in place, your dentist checks your bite and polishes the crown to match your natural teeth. But after this process, what can you expect?
What You Need to Know After Getting a Dental Crown
After getting a dental crown, following your dentist’s instructions for proper care and maintenance ensure your teeth stay healthy. Here’s what to expect after getting a dental crown:
- Sensitivity: It’s normal to experience some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for a few days after getting a crown. The sensitivity should subside within a week or two.
- Discomfort: You may experience discomfort or soreness around the tooth and gum area for a few days after the crown is placed. Over-the-counter pain relievers like iburprofen can help alleviate this discomfort.
- Temporary crown removal: If you received a temporary crown, it is common to experience sensitivity and discomfort when removed. The sensitivity from a temporary crown removal should only last briefly.
- Eating: Avoid hard or sticky foods for the first few days after getting a crown. Stick to softer foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth to avoid putting pressure on the crown.
- Oral hygiene: After a dental crown, it’s important to continue brushing and flossing your teeth normally. However, be gentle around the crown area. Your dentist may recommend a special toothbrush or mouthwash to help keep your crown and surrounding teeth clean.
Choose the Experts at Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry
At Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to give you the highest quality dental care and helping you achieve optimal oral health. Your smile says a lot about you; you deserve a beautiful and healthy one. Our experienced team of dental professionals uses high-quality technology and techniques so you receive the best possible care.
We offer various services, including dental crowns, teeth whitening and teeth alignment, to help our patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. And we work with you to create a personalized dental treatment plan that meets your needs and goals. In addition, our office provides a comfortable and relaxing environment. We strive to make you feel at ease and confident in your treatment. So schedule your consultation today with Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry!