What will happen during my procedure?
Crowns normally require a couple of visits to Vero Dental Spa. During the first visit you can expect several things to happen. Firstly, the doctor may decide to take x-rays of your teeth to determine the extent of the damage both above and below the surface to be certain that a crown is the correct treatment.
Then you will have your mouth anesthetized and your doctor will file your troublesome tooth to make space to fit the crown around it. How much filing is required will vary depending on the type of crown that you are having as some require more or less space. However, if your tooth is already much smaller than it should be, perhaps due to breaks or decay, then your doctor will probably use filling material in order to make it large enough to support the crown.
Once this has taken place he will use special dental putty to take an impression of the tooth that requires the crown, and of the surrounding teeth so that the dental lab can ensure that it will be a perfect fit. Your doctor will then send the impressions to the lab, along with a recommendation on color for porcelain or ceramic crowns, to be made for your return visit. Finally, a temporary crown will be fitted to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
During the second visit your doctor will give you anesthetic and remove the temporary crown. Checking that the permanent crown is a good fit and color, it will then be firmly secured in place.
Polishing your crown!
Just as it is important to look after your normal teeth, it is also important to give your crown proper care and attention, even while you only have the temporary version in place.
While you have a temporary crown you should:
- Avoid particularly hard, chewy or sticky food which could cause damage to the temporary crown or risk pulling it out.
- Switch to side flossing rather than vertical flossing. Pulling particles out side to side reduces the risk of pulling the crown out.
Once you have your permanent crown in place you should resume with your normal oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing and using mouthwash regularly, paying particular attention to the area where the crown meets the gum.
Looked after properly and depending on the amount of stress or use it receives, your crown could last between 5 to 15 years.