Dental crowns are incredibly long-lasting, durable dental restorations used to improve the appearance, size, shape, and strength of a tooth. They are designed to provide protection to teeth that are decayed or damaged, as well as to restore their strength. Because of their versatility, dental crowns are utilized in many dental treatments. Dental crowns may be used to reinforce teeth that are affected by cracks or chips, protect teeth that are at risk of damage, to strengthen teeth that are weakened from decay, to support dental bridges, to top dental implants, and to cover the entire surface of a less-than-perfect tooth. Through dental crowns, Lansing cosmetic dentist Scott Stone can improve the aesthetics, function, and health of damaged teeth.
Placement of Dental Crowns
The entire dental crowns procedure will require two visits to our Lansing dental office. During the first visit, we will prepare your teeth for the dental crowns. Anesthesia is used to numb the areas of the teeth and gums that are to undergo treatment. The teeth to receive the dental crowns are filed down. The teeth must be filed down along the sides and front surfaces in order to make room for the dental crowns. The amount of tooth enamel that is removed is dependent upon the type of dental crowns you are receiving. Any decay present in the tooth is also removed at this time. Once this process has been completed, an impression is then made of the teeth that are to undergo treatment. This impression is essential to the dental crowns process as it acts as a model from which the dental crown will be made. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your crown will be custom-made to your tooth’s unique specifications. It typically takes two to three weeks for the permanent dental crown to arrive. After making the impression, we will place a temporary dental crown.
During your second visit to our Lansing dental office, your permanent dental crowns are placed.
We will check the fit of the dental crowns to ensure a proper bite. We will also ensure that the color of your dental crowns seamlessly blends in with the surrounding teeth so that your new dental restoration looks natural. Once the color and fit are correct, we will cement the dental crowns into place.
Dental Crowns Aftercare
While waiting for the placement of your permanent dental crown, you should avoid chewing and eating sticky or hard foods. You should also try to chew on the opposite side of the temporary dental crown. If your temporary dental crown falls out, please contact our office immediately.
Patients should not experience pain or discomfort after the placement of dental crowns. If you experience sensitivity or pain when biting down, the dental crown may be placed too high. This is corrected by adjusting the dental crown. It is important to continue brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and continuing to receive routine dental check-ups and cleanings. For our patients in Lansing, dental crowns can last for many years. With proper care, dental crowns can last for up to 25 years.
Contact Smile by Stone Today
To learn more about dental crowns aftercare, or to schedule an examination, please contact Smile by Stone. Lansing cosmetic dentist Scott Stone and his skilled staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.