Abington Dental Associates works hard to improve your smile and keep your teeth as white and pain free as possible! Abington Dental can provide a dental crown to better improve the look and feel of your teeth.
Many people across all ages suffer from tooth decay and the damage that can occur from natural gaps in teeth, normal wear and tear from chewing, and the stress that is placed on a patient’s teeth following surgery such as a root canal. A dental crown will protect the tooth and the surrounding teeth from further damage.
The types of crowns consist of gold, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns that work as a cap over your tooth. This may cause some anxiety, imagining a foreign object affecting your ability to speak and eat. However, that is not the case!
We work with you to make certain that the normal use of your mouth is not impeded! Anxiety over dental work affects about 36% of the population. There is nothing to worry about when our dental professional prepares the tooth and installs a dental crown! Thanks to local anesthesia, placing a dental crown is a fast and painless process.
Before the crown is placed, an impression is made to ensure a good fit. This can cause some slight discomfort as the mold sets. Patients with a sensitive gag reflex may be especially worried about this, but breathing through the nose and sitting up helps. It also helps to keep in mind that it takes only 1 to 2 minutes for the mold to harden so patients can just breathe and get through it! Once the mold is set, the temporary crown can be created and placed.
In total, It takes about 40 to 60 minutes to make and install a temporary crown. Generally, a temporary crown is installed first, then after 2 to 3 weeks of fabrication, the permanent crown is ready to be placed. These are custom made to fit snugly and be almost unnoticeable.
Our dentist will work with you to make sure the crown fits with no discomfort. Our professionals will use a small file to shave the crown to make your bite as natural as possible and remove any rough edges. We want the cap to be as unobtrusive as possible and match the natural tooth.
Please let your dentist know of any issues such as difficulty flossing with the dental crown or an uneven bite as soon as possible. Avoid missing your permanent crown appointment as keeping your temporary crown in for too long could cause difficulties.
Also, try to avoid sticky foods, hard candy, or chewing on ice when the temporary crown is in place. Both of these issues may lead to the dentist having to do a second impression. Make certain to follow the advice of your dentist at Abington Dental Associates to keep your teeth and smile looking good!
Our dental professionals are waiting to help you determine if crowns are a good fit for you, so call 781.878.0001 for an appointment. For information on the other types of dental services we provide, take a look at our website.