Purpose of a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a tooth-like prosthetic cap that covers your tooth to reinforce the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. During a dental crown procedure, we cap your affected tooth with a prosthetic crown that’s meant to look just like your natural tooth.
Its purpose is to restore the function and aesthetic of your smile. The crown placement can be completed in one or two appointments.
Reasons for a Dental Crown
There are various reasons we may recommend a dental crown to restore your oral health. These include:
- To cover a weak tooth
- To repair a severely cracked, broken, or worn down tooth
- To reinforce a tooth with a large filling
- To improve the function of your bite
- To repair misshaped or severely discolored teeth
While dental crowns are a solution to fix many dental issues, they’re also used to complete other dental procedures such as a dental bridge, root canal therapy, or dental implant.
Same-Day CEREC® Crowns
If you don’t’ want to wait another day to enjoy your new smile, CEREC same-day crowns may be your solution. At River Birch Dental, we are equipped with the latest CEREC® CAD/CAM technology that allows you to receive your crown in one, simple, 90-minute appointment.
The crowning process can be completed in the following six steps:
- During your consultation, one of our dentists will discuss which crown is best for your specific needs
- The affected tooth is numbed and if you prefer, we can administer nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) to put you at ease
- The natural tooth is shaped to ensure the crown fits perfectly
- The tooth is then digitally scanned into a computer
- A crown is designed by the doctor and milled by the CEREC machine
- Finally, it’s polished and cemented into place
There is no need for a second appointment, and the crown is ready for use immediately.
If it would be more beneficial for you to receive a traditional crown, you’ll have to come in for an additional appointment. The process is the same, the only difference is that instead of creating your dental crown at our practice, we’ll send your impression to a laboratory where they’ll craft your new tooth.
During your first appointment, we’ll provide you with a temporary crown so you don’t have to go another day without your tooth. Both procedures restore your tooth’s function and appearance so you can return to your normal life without hesitation.
Frequently Asked Questions
You won’t feel anything during your procedure. The area will be numbed prior to the appointment and most patients report feeling only mild discomfort.
If you have dental anxiety or a low pain threshold, be sure to mention it prior to the treatment and we can discuss the benefits of dental sedation to help you relax while we restore your smile.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold following the procedure. This is normal and should go away within a few days.
There are a few guidelines you can follow to increase the longevity of your crown including:
- Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, be sure to get a nightguard to protect your teeth and crown
- Practice good dental hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals
- Refrain from biting into hard objects such as fingernails, ice, and hard candy
- Schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings so we can examine your crown for signs of decay and gapping.
If you’re receiving a temporary crown procedure you’ll want to follow a few instructions to ensure your crown stays adhered to your tooth until your permanent prosthetic arrives. In addition to following any recommendations given by our dentists, you’ll want to:
- Avoid sticky, chewy, or hard foods
- Chew on the opposite side of the mouth while the temporary crown is in place
- Floss using the slide-out method rather than lifting it out
Once you receive your permanent crown, you’ll want to:
- Wait an hour before eating
- Wait for 2 to 3 hours before eating anything sticky or chewy
- Return to your regular oral hygiene routine
CEREC same-day crowns typically last 10 to 15 years. However, with a proper oral hygiene routine and regular checkups, yours can last longer. The crowns are milled from a high-quality ceramic material that looks and feels like your natural teeth.