No one looks forward to a painful day in the dentist’s chair, but there’s nothing to fear. If your dentist has recommended a dental crown to protect a tooth, you’ll benefit from a pain-free procedure. Here’s what you can expect when getting your restoration.
Dental Crown Process
Dental crowns are often used along with other procedures, like root canal therapy. Your dentist must also reshape your tooth to allow the restoration to fit over it. Therefore, they will administer a local numbing agent to block any pain while performing any preliminary procedures and prepping your tooth. You may feel some odd sensations or pressure, but it won’t hurt.
After your tooth has been prepped, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to get the measurements necessary to create your crown. The mold will be sent to the dental lab and your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait for your restoration to be fabricated.
In a couple of weeks, you will return to your dentist to have your permanent restoration bonded to your tooth. You’ll walk out with a durable restoration that blends in with your teeth.
Dental Crown Recovery
Your mouth may be tender for a few days after any dental work or getting your crown. Don’t worry, any discomfort is temporary. You can manage it with an OTC pain reliever and eating soft foods. In no time at all, you may forget it isn’t part of your natural tooth.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Your crown can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare, like:
- Good Oral Hygiene: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth at least twice daily. Floss every day to keep your gums healthy.
- Eat Nutritious Foods: Limit sugars and starches to prevent tooth decay. Moderate hard and chewy foods to avoid wear and tear.
- Break Bad Oral Habits: Don’t chew on inedible objects or crunch ice to prevent damaging your crown. Break any bad oral habits that can compromise your restoration.
- Visit Your Dentist: Schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist every 6 months. They’ll keep your mouth healthy to get the most from your investment.
From start to finish, your dentist will keep your comfort as their top priority. You can sit back and relax while getting the dental care you need.
About Dr. Robert Sikes
Dr. Sikes earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry and has regularly pursued advanced training in various specialties. He is a proud member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (903) 717-3063.