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DENTAL CROWN PROCEDURE

Woodbourne Dental · Isle of Man

A PATIENT'S GUIDE TO DENTAL CROWNS

A dental crown procedure is a common dental treatment used to repair damaged, broken, or decayed teeth. The procedure involves placing a cap or crown over the affected tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. The dental crown procedure is typically completed over two visits, and the new crown should look and function like a natural tooth. Crowns can last for many years with proper care and maintenance, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. If you need a dental crown procedure, contact Woodbourne Dental to schedule an appointment with an experienced dentist. We are committed to providing high-quality dental care and helping our patients achieve optimal oral health.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A DENTAL CROWN PROCEDURE

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth. The crown is designed to restore the tooth's shape, size, and strength, while improving its appearance. There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend a dental crown procedure, including:

  • A restorative cover, to repair a tooth that is decayed or damaged;

  • A protective cover, to protect a weak tooth from further damage or fracture;

  • An artificial tooth cover, to cover a dental implant; or

  • An anchor over an existing tooth, to support a dental bridge.

WHAT DOES A CROWN PROCEDURE ENTAIL?

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dental clinic. During the first visit, your dentist will examine the affected tooth, take x-rays, and prepare the tooth for the crown. This involves removing a small amount of the tooth's surface to make room for the crown. Next, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where a specialist dental technician creates the crown. Your dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made. During the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown over the tooth, checking the fit and colour of the crown to ensure that it matches your natural teeth. Once your dentist is satisfied with the fit and appearance of the crown, it will be cemented in place. The dentist will make any necessary adjustments to the shape of the crowned tooth, to ensure a proper fit and comfortable bite.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TEETH AFTER A DENTAL CROWN PROCEDURE

After the dental crown procedure, it is important to take good care of your teeth to ensure that the crown lasts as long as possible. Here are some tips to help you care for your teeth after the procedure:

  • Avoid sticky or hard foods: Hard or sticky foods can damage the crown, so it is best to avoid them. Instead, opt for softer foods that are easier to chew.

  • Brush and floss regularly: Good oral hygiene is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Brush and floss your teeth regularly to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay.

  • Avoid grinding your teeth: Grinding your teeth can damage the crown and cause it to come loose. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a mouthguard.

  • Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental check-ups are essential to maintaining good oral health. Your dentist can check the condition of your crown and make any necessary adjustments or repairs.

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