Dental crowns are permanent prosthetic devices that are placed on dental implants or existing teeth. They are caps for the teeth that are used to replace lost fillings, conceal root canal treatments, add strength to weak teeth, restore dental fractures, fill in gaps from missing or overly-spaced teeth, and enhance the appearance of decayed, discolored, or poorly shaped teeth. The placement process is quick and causes little discomfort.
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About the Procedure
Having a dental crown placed typically requires two appointments with a board-certified dental professional. During the first appointment, X-rays are taken, the teeth are shaped, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed on the prepared tooth. The impression is then sent to a dental lab where the permanent crown will be customized. In about two weeks when the permanent crown arrives from the lab, the patient returns for a second appointment for placement. Placement of a dental crown involves checking for a proper fit, and then, roughing the surface of the tooth, cementing the crown into place on the tooth or implant, and curing the cement with a high-intensity light. Dental crowns are often used as abutments for dental bridges in cases where multiple missing teeth cause large gaps in the smile. The procedure for placing a single dental crown takes about twenty minutes. This straightforward dental procedure is performed with local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. Dental crowns are made from porcelain, ceramic, acrylic, and metal alloys including gold. The cost for a single crown varies between $1,000-$3,000.
The goal of dental crowns is to fix cosmetic issues such as broken, cracked, fractured, or missing teeth. Dental crowns can also be used to treat decaying teeth or as a form of root canal therapy.
What to Expect
Dental crowns are caps for teeth that can serve either an aesthetic or medical purpose such as restoring dental fractures or enhancing the appearance of decayed, discolored, or poorly shaped teeth. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after dental crowns.
- X-rays and models of the teeth and mouth
During Treatment: First Appointment
Having a dental crown placed typically requires two appointments:
- X-rays are taken
- Teeth are shaped
- Impressions are taken
- Temporary crown is placed on the prepared tooth
- Impression is sent to a dental lab where the permanent crown will be customized
Recovery from a dental crown procedure is minimal and will require patients to avoid activities that could potentially dislodge the crown. Avoid sticky, chewy, crunchy, or spicy foods. If possible, chew on the opposite side to where the crown was placed. When flossing the treated area do not lift out the floss but rather slide the flossing material out between teeth.
The ideal candidate for dental crowns has good overall oral health and is looking to address cosmetic issues such as broken, cracked, fractured, or missing teeth. Dental crowns can also be used to treat decaying teeth or as a form of root canal therapy.
Not Recommended For
Dental crowns are not recommended to fix solely cosmetic issues. Crowns should be used in situations where they simultaneously serve other purposes, such as restoring or strengthening teeth.
Side effects from dental crown placement may include swelling, tenderness, sensitivity, irritation, or bleeding of the gums.