Does it Hurt to have a crown placed on a tooth?
What Are Crowns?
It is a cap made in the shape of one’s tooth. When cemented in place, it restores the size, shape, and functions of the tooth. The American Dental Association approves the use of dental caps.
What Are the Different Types of Crowns?
Different types of dental crowns are available, depending on the materials used to make them, such as:
- Stainless steel crowns. They are used on permanent teeth as a temporary measure as a permanent crown is prepared. A stainless steel dental crown is mainly used on children’s primary teeth to protect them against teeth decay. They are popular since you don’t need to visit a dentist frequently for them to be placed.
- Metals crowns. They withstand biting and chewing forces and are long-lasting. Also, they rarely chip or break since they are durable. Our dentist in Huntington, NY, recommends them on molars since they are not easily visible.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal. The crown provides a relatively stronger bond than regular porcelain since it is attached to a metal structure. Also, it’s durable.
- All resin crowns are affordable, although they wear down with time and are easily fractured compared to metal crowns.
- All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns easily blend with the natural color of your teeth. They are ideal if you are allergic to metals.
Are Crowns Painful?
The process is easy and painless. You will need two dental visits for the crowns to be made.
During the 1st visit, our dentist takes an x-ray on the tooth, receiving the crown and its supporting structures. Then we numb the area around the teeth. Next, we prepare the tooth by reshaping the chewing surfaces and sides to make room for the crown.
Our dentist will get a model of the affected tooth and place a temporary crown to protect the tooth, that is, if you aren’t getting the same-day crowns. Then, the impression is sent to a dental laboratory for the crown to be made. The permanent crown will be ready in two weeks.
During the second visit, our dentist removes the temporary crown and checks the fit and the shade of the permanent crown. If you are comfortable with the fit and color, we numb the area and cement the crown in place.
When are crowns used?
Our dentist in Huntington, NY, may recommend dental crown under the following situations:
- To protect weak teeth from breaking.
- Restore already broken teeth or severely worn down teeth
- To cover and hold a tooth with a large filling.
- Support a dental bridge in place
- Cover discolored teeth.
How Long Do They Last?
Dental caps are durable, lasting between five to 15 years. The lifespan will be determined by your oral dental hygiene, mouth-related habits, and the wear and tear of the crown. Additionally, the materials used to make dental caps determine their longevity. Gold and porcelain fused to metal crowns may last longer. On the other hand, all-porcelain and all-ceramic give you a natural look but aren’t long-lasting nor strong.
How to Care for the Crowns?
A dental crown doesn’t need any special care. Please note crowned teeth aren’t immune to gum disease or tooth decay. Thus it is crucial to continue following top-notch oral hygiene practices such as:
- Brush and floss twice daily, more so around the dental cap area.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash once daily
- Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Avoid the following to extend a dental crown lifespan:
- Hard foods such as chewing ice can lead to crown breakage.
- Clenching or grinding your teeth. If unable to stop the habit, our dentist may recommend using a mouth guard to protect the crown and the surrounding teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Dental crowns can cover a range of imperfections. They are affordable, convenient, and with proper care, can last for a decade. Visit Kane Dental clinic for more information on the dental crowns and how they can benefit you. Our dental team will examine your dental health and advise you on the best type of dental appliances suitable for you and your family.