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What To Ask Your General Dentist When Preparing for a Crown

Posted by Osuna Dental Care Jun 01, 2022

A crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore form and function. It helps strengthen a weak tooth and can also improve the appearance of teeth that are cracked, chipped, misshapen, or discolored. At Osuna Dental Care, different types of crowns are available, including porcelain and gold alloys. These materials have been proven to last a long time and are durable enough to handle most types of bites as long as they are cared for properly. Most back teeth require metal-based crowns because of the jaw's force on molars when chewing food. Metal-free options are also available for patients who do not want any metal in their mouths. 

The Procedure for Dental Crowns

Dental crown placement typically takes two appointments to complete. The first appointment is to prepare the tooth and take an impression of it to the lab, where your permanent restoration will be crafted from quality porcelain and ceramic materials. Once your new crown arrives from the lab, you’ll be able to return to our office for your second and final visit to have your crown permanently bonded over the tooth. 

How Do I Care For My Crown?

After your crown is placed, your dentist will provide instructions for care and cleaning. You’ll need to avoid certain foods and beverages to maintain your restoration. It’s common to experience sensitivity to extreme temperatures for a few days after your crown is put in place. You may also experience some gum irritation or tooth pain. These side effects are generally considered normal and usually subside within a few days. If pain or sensitivity persists, be sure to talk to your dentist.

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste containing no abrasives. Avoid whitening toothpaste, as this can cause surface staining of porcelain.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush so you don’t damage your gums.
  • Make sure you replace your toothbrush every three to four months or whenever the bristles start to fray.
  • Using mouthwash is recommended, but avoid products with alcohol in them. A fluoride rinse can help prevent tooth decay around your new crown.
  • If you must grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist for a mouth guard. Teeth grinding can accelerate the rate of wear on restorations like crowns.
  • Make sure you see your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. Dental exams allow your dentist to catch any issues with your crown or the rest of your smile early when they’re easiest to treat.

If you have additional questions about dental crowns, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact Osuna Dental Care at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111, or call (505) 884-1989.



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