Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth.
Teeth are important players in your life! They’re not only the first responders for your digestive tract, but they can make a great first impression—so you deserve a beautiful, fully-functioning set. If your teeth need a real makeover, a crown might be just the thing you need.
A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth – but better. Crowns restore broken and badly decayed or discolored teeth. Crowns also top off dental implants and build dental bridges.
Dr. Spagnuolo at We Smile Dentistry in London, Ontario, shares what you need to know about getting a crown.
A crown is a permanent or “fixed” dental piece, making it very stable and durable. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials and each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Talk with your dentist when choosing between crowns made of porcelain, resin, or metal.
Traditionally, getting a crown has required two trips to the dentist. On the first trip, the dentist outlined a plan to suit your specific needs and prepared the tooth. Impressions of the tooth were also taken so a crown could be made to fit perfectly over the natural tooth. On the second trip, your crown was installed and cemented on. A crown is a permanent or “fixed” dental piece. This makes it very stable and durable.
A crown can be designed, fabricated and placed in a single appointment with the help of current technology, and We Smile Dentistry has that technology available – ask us about CEREC® same-day technology that allows us to digitally design, create, and place crowns in a single visit! Here at We Smile Dentistry, we create most of our crowns in a single visit.
Crowns are a superior restorative dentistry treatment in both form and function. Because they are individually made, your London, Ontario dentist can give unique attention to each tooth to make sure it looks and acts just like a natural tooth.
If you have pain when your crown is new, you can keep treating your pain at home with Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen). You can (and should) care for a crown the same way you do your other teeth during your regular oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist regularly. You should also try to be gentle with your teeth to preserve your crown and prevent you from needing another one down the road. This means not grinding your teeth or using them to open packaging and bottles. It might take a while to get used to the feel of your newly crowned tooth, but after a little time, it will feel completely comfortable and natural, even much better than it did before!
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