Do I Need A Crown?
Dental crowns are typically used in the following circumstances:
- A tooth has sustained significant damage due to decay or injury
- Following the completion of root canal therapy
- For restoration of dental implants
- As protection to prevent a weak tooth from breaking
- To hold a cracked tooth together
Over time, your teeth begin to weaken. This leaves them more susceptible to problems such as decay, discoloration, or cracks. Dental crowns can restore the appearance and function of a tooth that suffers from any or all of these issues.
What to Expect After Your New Restoration
You can expect to be numb for a few hours following your procedure. Due to this numbness, drinking and eating may be difficult in the affected area. Avoid drinking anything very hot or chewing as you might hurt yourself without realizing it.
You may experience minor tooth sensitivity for up to 6 weeks after the treatment – this is a natural response from having work done, though not everyone experiences it. The gums surrounding the teeth may be sensitive for up to a week after the procedure as a result of tissue manipulation during the filling. If sensitivity is more than mild or persists beyond these timeframes, contact your dentist for an appointment to make sure everything is healing appropriately.
Once the numbness wears off, pay attention to your bite to make sure everything feels normal. You want to feel your teeth hitting on both sides simultaneously when you bite down. If this is not the case, or if you’re experiencing continued discomfort with chewing, go back to your dentist and they can do a quick adjustment – no anesthetic needed!
You should treat your new crown like all of your other teeth. Remember, a cavity can develop around a crown just like an unrestored tooth, so it needs to be kept clean!
Contact our Delray Beach dentist office today!