Getting Your First Dental Crown
It’s been a while since your last dental checkup, and you’re starting to worry that something is wrong with one of your teeth. When you bite down, it feels “off”, not to mention there’s a rough area when you run your tongue over it.
To your surprise, you find out that you need more than a filling to repair it. Instead, our dentist in Mooroolbark recommends a dental crown. But you’ve never had a crown before, so you’re not quite sure what to expect.
What Exactly is a Crown?
Crowns are full-coverage restorations that go over and around the tooth, rather than inside of it like a filling. This protects more brittle or compromised tooth structure, allowing it to withstand everyday wear. Some people refer to crowns as “caps.”
The Treatment Experience
At Eternity Dental, we’re here to make sure your crown treatment is a comfortable one. After numbing the tooth and removing any damaged tooth structures, we’ll shape the remaining enamel so that a crown can slip over the tooth, then take an impression. You’ll wear a temporary crown for a week or two, while your permanent one is being designed. Once it’s ready, you’ll stop by our Mooroolbark dentist office to have the new crown bonded into place.
Most of our crowns are made of a high-grade porcelain that matches the colour of the teeth adjacent to them. In some cases, other materials might be preferred.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Through good home care and ongoing maintenance, your new crown can last for several years. You will want to floss around it daily, to prevent bacteria from seeping under the margin. We recommend scheduling a checkup at our Mooroolbark office twice a year to make sure that your crown and other restorations are all intact.
Call Eternity Dental today to schedule your next visit!