The crown of a tooth is the part of the tooth you see, as opposed to the root of the tooth. When a tooth has been damaged from decay or fractures, a dental crown can replace the missing tooth structure, like a “cap” on your tooth. The goal of a dental crown is to make the tooth stronger and/or improve its shape and size. Crowns can also cover teeth that are misshapen or discolored.
THE PROCESS OF GETTING A CROWN
When you come to Contemporary Family Dentistry, we will first perform a comprehensive dental exam and x-rays, if necessary, to get an idea of the state of your teeth and gums. If we determine that your tooth would benefit from a crown, we may recommend this type of treatment. If you decide to receive a dental crown or tooth bridge (used to replace missing teeth), here’s what to expect at our office:
- Friendly service. From scheduling your appointment to the final goodbye with your new smile, you’ll have an exceptional experience at our office. Dr. Henderson and her team pride themselves in offering a different kind of dental experience. You won’t find cold, mean dentists here – we offer a warm, welcoming, and comfortable environment!
- Tooth preparation. The first step in getting dental crowns is the exam and tooth preparation. We may take x-rays to check your roots first. We will then anesthetize the gum tissues and tooth in the desired area. We’ll make room for the crown by filing the tooth along the chewing surface, and/or we may add filling material to replace missing tooth structure.
- Placement of the crown. We’ll then take impressions of your teeth to create the ideal crown for you. You will receive a temporary crown between your first and second dental visits. On your second visit, we’ll permanently cement the crown in place. We use the most durable ceramics on the market which replicate the color and translucency of your natural teeth while being up to 12 times stronger than your natural teeth. Dr. Henderson uses the latest and greatest in dental materials, and she uses a local dental lab, right here in Central Oregon.
- Unlike dentures, dental crowns and tooth bridges are permanent fixtures in your mouth. Only a dentist can remove them. Our dentists and oral hygienists are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have before, during, or after the process of getting dental crowns.
We can go over different sedation options, the ideal crown material for you, and other details during your appointment. Once we’re finished, you’ll have a smile that’s stronger, healthier, and brighter!
CARING FOR YOUR CROWNS
Crowns are excellent solutions to many dental problems because they are easier to maintain than dentures and other treatments. For the most part, you should not experience any issues with your dental crowns after final placement. However, your newly crowned tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days after the procedure. Using toothpaste for sensitive teeth during this time can help. If you feel pain when you bite down, however, this is a problem that your dentist must fix.
Chipped, loose, or lost crowns are also issues that we can fix. If you experience these problems with your crown, call us right away for advice. We will give you specific instructions for what to do and when to come in. We may need to make you a new crown if yours falls off, or if it has a bad chip or crack. Our team can help prepare you for what to expect after receiving dental crowns. We’re your trustworthy source for professional dental information!
If you need dental x-rays, we have the equipment to do them right in our office. We won’t pass you off to other offices or dentists – you can come to us for all of your family dentistry needs. Exams and x-rays can speak volumes about the state of your smile, and help us discuss potential solutions to issues you’re experiencing. We can identify problems like cysts, tumors, decay, and teeth that have yet to come in. Our advanced, digital radiography is the latest technology for our patients. It reduces radiation exposure, gives instant viewing, and is environmentally friendly!
We want you to completely understand your needs, and make an educated, informed decision about treatment with our help. You’ll find the solutions you need at our Bend office!