Dental Crowns in Brandon FAQ
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance
Is it painful getting a crown?
Getting a crown is generally not a painful experience; thanks to the use of anesthetic, most patients feel only mild to no discomfort. The benefits of getting a crown far outweigh this temporary discomfort. Talk to your dentist of any concerns you may have.
How long do crowns last?
The average lifespan for a dental crown is typically around 7-10 years. However, when taken care of properly, it is common to see them last upwards of 15-30 years. To make your crown last, brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Avoid chewing on very hard food items like ice that can damage your crown. If you grind your teeth, protect your crown (and natural teeth) from excessive pressure and ask your dentist for a night guard. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.
Besides cosmetics what would be a reason my dentist would recommend a dental crown to me?
Excellent question. There are many non cosmetic reasons a person would require a dental crown.
Here are a few reasons listed:
- Just completing a root canal
- Tooth is broken
- Tooth is cracked and/or has cracked tooth syndrome (discomfort upon biting on the tooth)
- Tooth has large filling that is failing
Are all crowns the same?
No, they are not. Dental crowns can be made up from a wide variety of materials. So depending on the type and location of the tooth and your own expectations, there’s a right crown for you. However, not all crowns even among all-ceramic options have the same level of aesthetic quality or cost—the more life-like, the more expensive. … And it can certainly improve your natural tooth’s appearance.
Can I still get a cavity if I have a dental crown?
Yes, Absolutely! Crowns need to be cleaned just like natural teeth, especially flossing. While you can’t get a cavity on your crown, you can get a cavity around the edges of the crown. If the cavity is small enough, you can remove the decay and replace it with a new crown. If the cavity is large, then the tooth may need to be removed.
How many appointments does it take?
Crowns typically require two appointment sessions. The first session is when the dentist prepares the teeth, takes impressions and places a temporary crown. The second one is a “fitting” appointment where the actual crown is cemented.