Even if you have a very good oral health routine, chances are that you may end up with one or two damaged teeth at some point in your life. Whether your teeth have sustained injuries, trauma or infections, restoring them is essential for your oral health and general wellbeing.
Depending on the state of the damaged tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to help restore its appearance and function. At Meadowbank Dental in Edinburgh, we use dental crowns extensively, either on their own or in combination with dental implants for a full smile makeover.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a case which replaces the missing portion of the tooth or protects a cracked or broken tooth from further infection by covering it. Crowns are very versatile because they are both aesthetic and practical. Although they look like natural teeth, crowns are placed over the remains of the infected tooth in order to protect it from the high biting forces we put on our teeth when we chew.
There are many types of crowns but porcelain ones are more popular because they are almost lifelike and distribute light better, therefore, creating a natural smile.
Placing a dental crown
The placement of dental crowns is really simple and can be completed within two dental appointments. In your first visit, your dentist will clean your tooth and remove any decay. This is essential before cementing the crown in place. By cleaning your tooth, your dentist will also ensure that it is not in any immediate danger. After cleaning it thoroughly, your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect it. Your final crown will be moulded and placed on your tooth during your second visit.
Getting used to your new tooth
Once you have your temporary crown fitted, you should be extremely careful in order not to break it. Try not to consume sticky and chewy foods for a few days while waiting for your final restoration to be placed. Yet again, once you get your final restoration, be very careful for a few days and avoid eating hard and chewy foods. You should also ensure to brush and floss around the cap of your crown thoroughly in order to avoid gum disease.