Crown Information - 2 appointments needed.
DENTAL CROWNS: Also referred to as "dental caps," "tooth crowns," or "tooth caps," crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or cover an implant. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Crowns help prevent this from happening. Crowns cover most of the exposed portion of your tooth and decay does not affect a crown since it is made of metal and /or porcelain. However, where the natural tooth meets the crown can become decayed.
Crown prices range from $240.00 - $450.00 depending on the material selected.
o With Porcelain, there is no allergic reactions as porcelain is highly biocompatible.
o A porcelain crown needs to be thicker if it is going to withstand the rigors of chewing and eating. The fact that the porcelain needs to be thicker however then means that the dentist will need also to remove more of your tooth in order to fit it in. This then in turn means that you are more likely to lose more of your original teeth and this can also make the remainders more brittle.
§ Water Pik™ can be used with an antibacterial, alcohol free mouthwash like prescribed mouthwash at the gum line to keep this area healthy
§ Chewing: Do not chew hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented—to attain optimum strength, the cement must mature for approximately 24 hours Also avoid eating or chewing on hard objects, hard food, nails, hard candy or ice.
§ Avoid sticky treats like: caramels, taffy, gummy bears, caramels, salt water taffy, Swedish fish, jelly beans, hard gum and other sticky candy.
§ Limit snacks, if high in sugar brush this area or swish with water
§ Remember tobacco, coffee, blueberries and tea may stain the crown.
o Sensitivity: Do not worry about mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few weeks. Infrequently, sensitivity last longer than six weeks.
Problems - Call us if any one of these conditions occurs: