Get to learn and understand about dental crowns, when to get one, and how to take care of them

Taking care of your teeth’s enamel seems easy until you develop a problem that exposes the interior part, which is sensitive. Enamel is the outer protective part of the tooth which is hard and typically white. If you have such a problem, Dr. Marvin Taylor DDS can relieve you from the pain involved. She offers long-lasting crowns to people who need to restore their decayed or damaged teeth.

What is a crown?

It is a cap designed for your tooth. They are generally placed to restore your tooth’s shape as well as strongly protecting its interior part.  It is well designed to fit your teeth perfectly such that your smile is excellently restored.

The reasons as to why you may need a dental crown include:

  •       Having a dental implant
  •       Getting a large filling that weakens the tooth
  •       Having a broken tooth that needs protection
  •       Having a tooth that is weak from damage or decay
  •       Getting a root canal
  •       Having a misshapen tooth that you want to look better

The specialist will determine the right crown for you after a thorough and careful examination.

What should you expect when getting a dental crown?

It involves two steps since the specialist must first prepare your tooth then later make a crown that will match the exact shape, color, and size of your surrounding teeth. In the first appointment, the specialist begins by examining your tooth to determine the extent of the damage. If the damage is extensive, she might recommend a root canal to remove the damaged tooth or clean out the infected part of your tooth.

If the specialist determines that you need a root canal, then your first appointment will be used to prepare your tooth for the crown. The preparation process begins by filing down all sides of your tooth, making it possible for the crown to cover it while laying flush within the neighboring teeth. This process is not painful, nor does it cause discomfort because the dentist first numbs the area, so there is no need to worry.

After, the measurements of the prepared tooth are taken so that a permanent crown can be created to fit it perfectly. You will then be sent home with a temporary crown so that it protects your already prepared tooth. Once the permanent crown is ready, you will go back to the facility to be fitted to your tooth. The specialist will first begin by checking if the crown matches the shape and color of the surrounding teeth and if it fits seamlessly, then later cements it.

How do I take care of my crown?

Taking care of your crown helps in elongating its lifespan, which can last up to 5-15 years if properly cared for. Caring for your crown involves practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding certain activities that may damage the crown. Such activities include biting your nails, grinding your teeth, or opening things with your teeth.

In summary, if you need a crown, do not hesitate to call Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center or book an appointment with them online.