What you should know about dental crown procedure
Dental crowns not only protect your oral health but also helps your smile become more cosmetically elegant. Are you up-to-date on dental crown procedure? Do you know the steps and what they are for?
Why choose dental crown?
Dental crowning is quite an expensive and complicated procedure. However, you may need it to:
- Cover your implants.
- Protect cracked teeth.
- Strengthen your bridge.
- Cover and support a tooth with dental fillings.
- Protect a weakened tooth from cavities or breakage.
- Restored chipped or severely worn out teeth.
- Cover severely disfigured or discolored teeth.
Generally, you will need to get dental crowns to protect weakened teeth and to improve your oral health and beauty. If you choose dental crowning, your dentist will talk you through the procedure and aftercare.
Dental crown procedure
You may need 2 -3 visits to finish a dental crown procedure, including the following steps.
1. Oral examination
The first visit is to prepare you for dental crowns. Your dentist may order a dental X-ray to check the condition of your roots and surrounding bone. You will need treatment if you have oral conditions such as cavities, high risk of infection, and vulnerable pulp.
During this step, you will consult with your dentist to pick the most suitable type of crowns for you.
2. Reshaping and getting impressions
Once your dentist has decided that you are eligible for dental crowns, you will move onto the crown-making step. Before your crowns are created, your dentist will clean your oral cavity and numb your teeth as well as the surrounding gums.
Then, he or she will reshape the teeth which are about to get crowned so the crowns will fit well onto them. Your dentist may file down the chewing surface and both sides to make your teeth smaller, making space for your crowns.
How much teeth to be filed down depends on the type of crowns you get. If a part of your teeth is gone due to cavities or cracking, your dentist will need to use dental fillings to make them big enough to hold the crown.
After your real teeth have been reshaped, your dentist will use a scanner to get your dental impression which will be used to make dental crowns that fit you perfectly.
Your dentist will use the impression to design crowns that not only fit well but also have a color that blends naturally with your real teeth. Until your permanent crowns are ready, your dentist may give you temporary crowns.
While you are wearing these, it’s best to avoid eating hard or chewy foods such as chewing gums, ribs, and chicken, among others.
3. Placing the crowns
Once your crowns are ready, your dentist will place them on your teeth and check to see if they fit well and look good with your real teeth. If you’re satisfied, your dentist will secure them in place to finish the procedure.
With the help of cutting-edge dental equipment, dentists at The East Rose Dental (Old Rose Dental Clinic) are able to carry out dental crown procedure with high precision.
Dental scanners, Cercon Eye laser scanners, and professional Cercon Art designing software allow the production of more accurate jaw model and porcelain crown design, compared to traditional techniques.
Taking care of dental crowns
Just like natural teeth, dental crowns may get cavities, chipped or cracked. Thus, you should take care of your dental crowns as you do with your real teeth.
1. Practice good oral hygiene
You should brush your teeth twice a day and use dental floss to completely remove food particles and plaque. Additionally, you may use an antibacterial mouthwash once a day to manage oral bacteria.
2. Adjust your diet
You should go for soft and easy-to-chew foods such as soup and porridge, etc. and avoid foods that are too hard, hot, or cold. When you eat, try to spread the food in your mouth so it’s chewed by both sides of your face, reducing the pressure on your crowns.
3. Periodical oral exam
Porcelain crowns may have problems after a long period of use. Therefore, you should visit your dentist once every 3 -6 months for timely intervention in case your crowns no longer fit properly.
Also, you should seek professional help right away if you experience numbness, toothache, chewing difficulty or cracking. Without early treatment, these conditions may lead to severe complications.
As complicated as it may appear, dental crown procedure can offer healthy and beautiful teeth with good chewing function. Moreover, with proper care, dental crowns have impressive longevity.
Learn more: Cosmetic porcelain dental restoration overview