A pearly-white smile can make a powerful statement; however, sometimes, our smile needs a little fixing before we can confidently show it off. A tooth-colored crown is a great option to improve your smile and instill confidence in yourself.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers and protects a badly decayed or damaged tooth. It not just gives you a pleasing smile but also ensures proper function, like chewing.
Types of Dental Crowns
At Enhance Family Dental, we offer you various types of crowns. The strength and durability of these crowns depend on the material from which they are made. Some popular types of crowns are:
For cosmetics, all-ceramic or metal-fused porcelain crowns are the best options as they mimic the color of your natural teeth. Since gold alloy crowns are golden in color and base metal crowns have a silver appearance, they are not considered to be aesthetically pleasing. However, they are more durable than porcelain-based crowns and are highly resistant to stains.
At Enhance Family Dental, Brian Hill, DDS can help you determine the type of crown that best suits your needs.
What to Expect After A Crown Procedure
Normally, you should not experience any pain or sensitivity after a crown has been placed, since the tooth nerve has been removed. However, if the tooth has not undergone a root canal procedure, you may experience temporary sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If you experience any sharp pain, it could mean the crown has been placed too high, and you should schedule an appointment with us immediately to get it fixed.
Your crowned tooth is protected from decay; however, your gum line is still susceptible to plaque and gum disease. If you have a high risk of developing cavities, we will prescribe you a fluoride-based gel that you can use every night. Also, you will have to practice good oral hygiene.
If you have a porcelain-fused-with-metal crown, you may see a very thin dark line near your gumline. This is the silvery metal of the crown showing through. This is not anything to be concerned about if it cannot be seen when you speak or smile. However, if the crown is placed on your front tooth and you are worried about it impacting your smile, it may have to be replaced with an all-ceramic crown.
Your crown can be chipped if it is made with all-porcelain material. If there is a very thin crack or a tiny chip in the crown, it can be repaired. However, if a large chunk of the crown has been broken off, it may need to be replaced.
If a crown is not fitted well over the prepared tooth, it is possible the cement will be washed away in time. Your crown may not fall off right away, but you may experience a strange taste and odor as the cement dissolves when you chew. In this case, bacteria will find its way inside the tooth and cause decay. If you suspect your crown may be loosening, you need to get it refitted immediately.
Crown Falls Out
If your crown suddenly pops out, don’t panic and do not try to put it back in place yourself. Instead, wash it out, dry it, and place it in a clean plastic bag so that we can replace it. If you do need to put the crown back in immediately, remove any food debris or cement attached to it, clean it, and fix it in place with a temporary dental adhesive, which you can buy from any pharmacy. Contact us at (586) 666-4950 and try to schedule a visit as soon as possible so that we can put it back properly.
With proper aftercare, a crown can last over 10 years. However, you may need to get it replaced earlier than that if you don’t keep your dental appointments and have a habit of smoking, abusing substances, chewing on very hard substances like ice, biting your nails, or clenching your teeth.