Preparation for a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are protective coverings designed for your damaged teeth. They are custom-made and can make the difference between saving a natural tooth or having it removed.

Dental crowns are also durable and can last as long as five to fifteen years without additional care.

Dental Crown Advantages

A dental crown can be used to cover cosmetic defects in your teeth, as well as improve your oral health. Advantages include:

• Restore cracked teeth
• Replace worn-out fillings
• Improve the appearance of your teeth
• Hold together damaged teeth
• Restore dental implants
• Tooth canal protection

Dental crowns are also durable and can last as long as five to fifteen years without additional care.

When You Should Consider a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are one of the most common procedures to restore a damaged, broken, or worn-out tooth.

Some situations where a dental crown should be considered include:

• A Cracked Tooth
• A Damaged Tooth
• A Decayed Tooth
• Aesthetic Reasons
• Enamel Deterioration

Does the Procedure Hurt?

A common question we hear is: “does it hurt”? Dental crowns are fairly simple procedures, and most of our patients are surprised at how painless it is.

Most over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen can manage post-procedure discomfort. If pain continues, it’s usually due to something such as the shape of the crown—which can affect the bite pattern and cause discomfort. This can often be adjusted easily by your dentist.

Dental Crown Recovery

Once your anesthesia wears off, you can expect to feel some sensitivity around your newly crowned tooth or teeth. This is normal and will eventually subside after a few days.

It is also recommended to avoid hot liquids and hard foods for at least 24 hours after surgery. Patients can sometimes bite or burn themselves without knowing, due to the anesthesia that might still be working. There may also be some bruising and/or inflammation at the site of the dental crown placement, but this should go away without the need for any additional treatment within two or three days.

Final Thoughts

If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns, please feel free to give our office a call. Our team will be happy to help. You can CALL us at 970-449-0306 or TEXT at 970-238-7908. We also have membership plans available.