A crown is a dental device designed to fit over a damaged or decayed tooth. A laboratory creates this customized cap to fit in your mouth comfortably and match your other teeth as closely as possible. Your dentist may recommend a crown if you’ve had a root canal or if you have a tooth that has too much damage to remain stable with a filling alone. In some cases, patients also opt for crowns when they have a tooth with significant cosmetic defects.
Before placing a crown, your dentist must prepare your tooth to receive it. Depending on the specifics of your tooth’s condition, you may need a root canal. Your dentist also needs to shape the tooth, making the surface smaller so it fits inside the crown made to match the original tooth’s size. Once this part of the procedure is complete, your dentist takes an impression of your tooth and sends it to the lab.
In most cases, you need to wait a week or two for your customized crown. During this time, you wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth. When your crown is ready, you return to the office, and your dentist cements it into place.
Preparing a tooth to receive a crown often requires a local anesthetic, depending on the sensitivity of your tooth and gums. With the right amount of medication, you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure. If you feel any pain, tell your dentist right away.
If you take good care of your crown, it lasts for many years. If your crown breaks, your dentist can make a replacement crown to cover your tooth.
In the first few days after your crown placement, you may need to avoid flossing to prevent the crown from coming loose. However, once the cement has set, you should care for your crown in the same way as you care for your natural teeth.
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