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.
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.
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.
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.