A dental crown is an artificial tooth-shaped cap that completely encircles a damaged tooth or dental implant. Crowns add strength and provide a natural appearance, proper alignment and shape. The crown is cemented into place to permanently cover the entire visible portion of the exposed tooth at and above the gums. Different types of dental crowns are available at Gregorin Dental in Anchorage AK.
Dental crowns may be used to:
- Cover and hold together a tooth weakened by decay or that is cracked.
- Restore a broken or extremely worn tooth.
- Support and cover a tooth that requires a significant filling.
- Hold a dental bridge securely in place.
- Cover misshapen or discolored teeth.
- Cover a dental implant with a permanent, natural-looking, artificial tooth replacement.
- Provide a beautiful smile and cosmetic modifications.
Types of Dental Crowns
Different types of dental crowns may be used for specific needs. Porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel and resin crowns are available. Cosmetic crowns are typically made of porcelain or ceramic. The American Dental Association (ADA) acknowledges the benefits of different types of crowns, and Gregorin Dental provides the best crown for the dental crown procedure. A crown will protect the ongoing health of the tooth while providing a natural-looking, fully functioning and properly aligned structure.
Tooth Crown Pain
Dental crowns may take some time to adjust to, but tooth crown pain is not common. Pain may be caused if a root canal was needed and not completed. In this case, the crown would place undue pressure on the nerve. Tooth crown pain could also be caused if the patient is grinding their teeth while sleeping, or if the crown is higher than the other teeth. Generic over-the-counter mouth guards may provide relief.
Dental crown patients should clean the crown regularly, and use mouthwash, brush and floss before bed. If the tooth crown pain continues, a visit to the dentist is recommended to explain the symptoms. Gregorin Dental may recommend a custom mouthguard, locate a high spot that could be causing a misalignment, discover an infection in the tooth under the crown or determined that a root canal is needed. It’s important to identify and address the pain immediately to prevent complications and to provide immediate relief.
Dental Crown Procedure
The Gregorin Dental crown procedure is completed during two separate dental visits. During the first of appointment, the tooth is examined to determine if it can support a crown. The tooth is then filed to prepare it for a crown. If the tooth is largely decayed or broken, the dentist will also fill the tooth to properly prepare it for a crown. A custom impression of the tooth and those surrounding it is sent to a lab. A temporary cap is placed over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
During the second appointment, the dentist removes the cap and the new crown is permanently placed on the tooth with an adhesive. The crown can last a lifetime if it is cared for properly. Brushing and flossing twice a day and seeing the dentist and hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings at Gregorin Dental is recommended.