Cracked, broken, and severely damaged teeth don’t only make it harder to eat, they also make you think twice before starting a conversation. How often have you thought, “I hope they don’t notice my teeth.” One of the best ways to give you your peace of mind back is with a dental crown. They have been used for decades as a safe, effective, and reliable way to repair a variety of dental problems. “That sounds great, but what is a crown? Can it actually help my particular situation?” you wonder. We’re sure you have plenty of questions, so today, Dr. Matthew Nawrocki, your dentist in Orange Park, FL, is going to answer 7 of your most common questions about dental crowns.
1. What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a type of restoration that simply fits over the top of your tooth, restoring the structure that has been lost due to decay or injury. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. We usually suggest porcelain crowns because they are the most similar to a natural tooth in both appearance and durability.
2. What Can a Dental Crown Fix?
A dental crown is one of the most versatile tools used in dentistry today, and can be used for a variety of situations:
- Repair a tooth that is severely worn or cracked
- Repair a tooth that has a cavity too large to be addressed by a filling
- Improve the shape, size, or color of an unattractive tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cap a dental implant
3. What Is The Procedure Like?
The first step to any dental procedure is to make an appointment with Dr. Nawrocki. This will give him the chance to examine your teeth and see if a dental crown is the right solution for you. If it is, the procedure involves 3 basic steps:
- Dr. Nawrocki will prepare your tooth’s enamel so it can properly fit the crown.
- He will take an impression of your tooth and send it to a local dental lab to fabricate your crown.
- The final visit is when your crown will be placed onto your tooth.
4. How Long Does It Take?
The entire procedure can usually be completed over the course of two easy visits. While your crown is being made, you will wear a temporary one. Once your tooth has been fully restored, you will be able to trust it just like your other teeth.
5. How Will It Feel After I Get a Crown?
Your tooth may be a little more sensitive during the first week, but that will quickly change as time goes on. . If you experience any lasting pain with your crown, let us know and we will adjust it as soon as possible.
6. How Long Do Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last for decades with routine oral hygiene, so be sure to brush and floss consistently. Often, when a crown fails, it is not because of the restoration itself, but rather that the remaining natural tooth has started to decay, changing how it fits.
7. How Can I Get One?
If you think a dental crown in Orange Park, FL could be just what you need to bring your smile back, just give us a call today. No matter what condition your tooth may be in, we’ll be able to help you.