There is a lot of fear that surrounds even the word ‘dentist’, and while there used to be reasons for the apprehension, today the dentist is a very comfortable and safe place to be. Since the 1950s, dental procedures like crowns, bridges, veneers, and implants have all evolved ten-fold. With the latest in modern dental technology, getting a crown is an easy remedy to a painful situation. If you are considering a dental crown, or it has been recommended by your dentist, here are some answers to your most asked questions!
What is a Dental Crown?
The best way to describe a dental crown is by calling it a tooth ‘cap’. This ‘cap’ is placed over the top of a decaying or damaged tooth to prevent extraction, further disease and decay, and/or tooth loss. Some caps cover the entire tooth, while others can cap 3/4 of the tooth (called an Inlay or Onlay).
Are All Crowns the Same?
Actually, dental crowns can be made from a few different materials. Depending on your situation, such as dental health, budget, and overall dental goals – your provider may recommend one material over another. At Enhance Dental, we typically place metal or porcelain crowns, but there are situations where another material may be recommended. Here are the main types of crowns:
- Porcelain – the most natural-looking crown, porcelain crowns typically last between 15 and 20 years with proper care.
- Metal – the longest-lasting crown, metal crowns can last an entire lifetime.
- Ceramic – a hybrid option that can be lined with either metal or ceramic.
- Resin – look natural but are softer than the other options which makes them brittle and in need of replacement every 5 years.
Will My Crown Last Forever?
It really depends on the type of material used for the dental crown, your dental habits, and your overall dental health. If your crown was made out of metal, there is a very good chance that it will last your entire lifetime. Crowns made from porcelain, ceramic, and resin have shorter lives, but can be last longer with good dental hygiene and regular dental visits.
Do I Need a Special Diet or Lifestyle with a Crown?
Not usually. After you get a dental crown placed, you may feel tenderness for a few days. After that, you should be able to resume normal eating and lifestyle routines. The important lifestyle is your dental habits. Remember to brush twice daily and see your dentist two times per year for regular cleanings, exams, and x-rays. If you are a new patient at Enhance Dental, you get your first appointment for just $59.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Crown?
Not long! Once your dentist determines you need a crown, the process is typically done in as little as two short appointments. At Enhance, we typically schedule one appointment to determine whether you will need a full or 3/4 crown and then we get a mold imprint of the tooth in question. We will place a temporary, plastic crown over the tooth to keep it from becoming more damaged until the permanent crown is placed.
At the second appointment, using the mold we took from the first visit, we will remove the plastic crown, clean the decayed or damaged tooth, and then cement the permanent crown into place.
Ask Us Your Questions
You may have additional questions when it comes to getting a dental crown, such as budget, financial options, insurance, pain management, or others. We would be happy to answer all of your questions during a consult. Please schedule an appointment with us today and let us get you on the right track for better dental health.