Dental crowns play a vital role in overall oral health since they are most commonly used on cracked or broken teeth to restore appearance and function. Also known as caps, Almeda Dental in Houston also uses crowns to cover dental implants, to replace large fillings, and to cover discolored or misshapen teeth.
Crowns last on average between five to 15 years, depending on the wear and tear that they’re exposed to. Other factors that affect a crown’s lifespan include teeth grinding, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging, as well as how well you follow good oral hygiene practices.
Although a crowned tooth does not require special care beyond that already mentioned, it’s important to remember that just because a tooth is crowned doesn’t mean you’re free from problems such as gum disease. That’s why it’s so important to follow the proper oral hygiene practices we recommend at Almeda Dental in Houston such as the 2:2 rule of brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Also noteworthy is daily rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.
A local anesthetic is usually used so that there is no pain or discomfort. To prepare the tooth, Almeda Dental will first be clean it of any decay. It will then be filed down to make room for the crown to fit functionally and comfortably. Once it’s been prepped, a mold will be taken of the tooth so a dental laboratory can create the crown. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth until the second appointment at which time the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown is cemented in place. Last, we’ll make final adjustments as needed to assure a comfortable fit and proper bite alignment.
Some patients may experience mild discomfort in a new crown immediately after the procedure as the anesthesia wears off; however, this typically goes away on its own.
Almeda Dental in Houston is a multi-specialty dental practice equipped to answer any other questions you may have about dental crowns or other procedures. Book an appointment today to learn how you can achieve a picture-perfect smile tomorrow!