Poor dental health can have long-lasting effects on your appearance, your confidence, and your overall physical health. Restorative dentistry utilizes dental crowns to restore a tooth’s function and appearance. Whether you have suffered from poor dental health, a trauma, or any other factors that have affected your smile, your dentist at Valley Dental Group offers personalized dentistry in Seattle to address your dental health, cosmetic concerns, and your budgetary needs.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns serve to restore the visible portion of a tooth that has been damaged by decay, trauma, tooth grinding, or other factors. A dental crown is an appropriate treatment for both adults and children. Your dentist may suggest treatment with a dental crown if:
- You have a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay and cannot hold a filling. Dental crowns are commonly used after root canals, which remove the pulp of a tooth.
- One or more teeth have been chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. In such cases, dental crowns can be used as a cosmetic as well as a restorative measure.
- You need to replace a tooth using a dental bridge. Dental crowns hold the bridge in place by attaching it to adjacent teeth.
- A child has one or more teeth badly damaged by decay or is at a high risk for tooth decay due to medical conditions or difficulty maintaining good oral hygiene.
Three Benefits of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a great solution to repair severely infected or damaged teeth. Crowns can even be used to hold a bridge that replaces a missing tooth. A crown offers several benefits.
- A dental crown provides protection for the tooth it covers. If your tooth has been weakened by decay or damage, the crown allows you to keep your natural tooth and protects it from further damage.
- Dental crowns are a long-lasting restorative option. With the right care, your crown should last 10-15 years or more before it needs replacement.
- Placing a dental crown is a simple and well-understood procedure. There is an extremely small risk of failure or complication following the receipt of a tooth crown.
The Dental Crown Procedure
In some cases, receiving a dental crown requires two visits to your dentist. During your first visit, any damaged portions of the tooth are removed, and the tooth is altered to accommodate the crown. This is done under local anesthesia, so you will feel no pain. Next, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth to ensure the dental crown will be crafted to fit your tooth. Together with your dentist, you’ll choose a shade for your new crown, so it will match your surrounding natural teeth. You will receive a temporary crown to cover the tooth while your permanent dental crown is fabricated. Within one to two weeks, you’ll return to your dentist to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown attached to complete the procedure.
What to Expect After Your Dental Crown Procedure
Your dentist will place your dental crown over the course of two separate visits. It’s important to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions after each visit to protect both your temporary and permanent crown.
- Avoid eating very hard or chewy foods while you have your temporary crown, as they can cause damage. Try chewing on the other side of your mouth.
- After you receive your permanent crown, avoid sticky and hard foods for 24 hours after your dental visit. This will ensure the permanent cement has time to fully set and the crown does not become dislodged.
- Continue to brush and floss normally, taking special care around the gum line. You may notice some mild swelling or discomfort around the crown for a few days. If you are still experiencing pain after a week, contact your dentist.
- Keep in mind that it may take a few days for your permanent crown to feel natural in your mouth. If your bite feels significantly off, let your dentist know—adjustments may be needed.
Valley Dental Group is committed to ensuring each of our patients has a positive experience with their family dentist. Our dentists, Dr. Robert Brian Kane, Dr. Doris Chan and Dr. Luke St. Marie, offer comfortable state-of-the-art treatment at our dental practice. Please call 425-271-1727 for more information about dental crowns in Renton, Washington.