Learn About A Tooth-Saving Treatment
Have you recently learned that you need a dental crown? If so, we know that it can be intimidating if you have never needed this treatment before. If this treatment was recommended to you, we suggest scheduling your appointment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can lead to more extensive treatments and even tooth loss. Have you postponed treatment because you are unsure of the process? Read on to learn more about this common dental treatment and why we may have recommended this treatment method.
What is a Dental Crown?
If you are experiencing extreme decay in your tooth structure, but the root of the tooth is intact, we may recommend a dental crown to restore the function of your tooth. A dental crown is a cap or covering that is placed over a damaged, decayed, or cracked tooth to protect it from further damage. Dental crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place and to finish a dental implant procedure.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Many times a dental crown is a last resort before your tooth needs to be extracted and a tooth replacement option is discussed. Many patients love that a dental crown blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth. The crown can be color matched to your surrounding teeth to find the perfect shade. Other benefits include:
- Restore your ability to chew properly
- Support a tooth that has a large filling and cannot be filled again
- Improve a tooth that is extremely discolored or a different size or shape than other teeth
More Information About Treatment
Depending on the severity of your case, a dental crown treatment is typically completed in two to three office visits. During the first visit, the decay is removed from the natural tooth. X-rays are completed, the crown is fitted, the color for the crown is chosen, and a temporary is placed. At the final visit, the permanent crown is placed and adjusted for a proper fit.
It is important to be careful brushing and cleaning while the area is healing and the temporary is in place. Avoid chewing on that side of the mouth. If your gums around the area need to heal, rinse your mouth with warm, salty water. If the temporary crown falls out, be sure to call our office to let us know.
If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office located in Wellington, FL to schedule an appointment. Delaying a needed treatment can result in more extensive treatments and additional costs. We want to help get your oral health back on track.