Getting a Dental Crown: What to Know

Visiting your dentist can help you discover more about your dental and oral health needs. You may get a recommendation to get dental crowns if you have a cracked or broken tooth. However, it is vital to understand more about it to make an informed decision.


What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are restorative covers placed over the teeth to restore appearance, strength, size, and shape. They are cemented to cover the visible portion of the damaged tooth. Dental crowns help with the restoration of your tooth’s full functionality. They help improve your smile and safeguard teeth from further damage or deterioration.


Who Needs to Get a Dental Crown?


A crown may be necessary if your tooth has a cavity that is too large to get a filling. You may also be an ideal candidate for a dental crown if you have a weakened, cracked, or severely worn-down tooth.


Your dentist may also recommend a crown after you get a root canal, as the tooth will need protection due to its fragile nature. You may also be eligible for a dental crown if you have a missing tooth, and your dentist will need to put in a tooth implant or a dental bridge.


Preparing to Get Dental Crowns

Dental crowns often require two dental appointments for the completion of the procedure. During the first visit, your dental specialist will use an anesthetic to numb your mouth. They will then prepare your tooth by shaving it down and clearing any decal for the crown to fit. They will use a dental drill to remove the decayed and damaged areas of the tooth to restore its health.

Next, your dentist will clean the tooth to reduce its susceptibility to bacteria. They will then fill empty spots on the clean tooth to eliminate the risk of infections. Finally, they will smooth out the tooth by shaving down some areas.

Your dentist will then use a digital scan or a mold to make an impression of the tooth prepared. They will send it to the lab, where they will build it. They will place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth and let you get back home.


The Procedure

You will return for the second dental appointment, usually after two weeks after the initial visit. Your specialist will place the custom-made dental crown after removing the temporary one from your tooth. They will examine how it fits, its comfort, and its color. They will then cement it over your tooth after establishing that everything looks okay. After doing so, your smile will look fine.


Aftercare Tips 

Maintain proper oral hygiene once you get your dental crown. Taking care of your dental health will prolong the life of your dental crown. Brush your teeth twice every day and floss daily to keep your teeth clean. Avoid eating hard foods or chewing ice to reduce the risk of cracking your dental crown. Use a night guard to protect your teeth if you clench or grind your teeth at night.


For more about getting a dental crown, contact Wanlass Dental at our office in Las Vegas, Nevada. Call (702) 367-4412 to book an appointment today.

rats3898 none 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed Closed Closed dentist # # #