A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. It is a common dental treatment used to protect and strengthen weakened teeth, improve their aesthetics, and restore proper functionality. Dental crowns can be made from various materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials. They are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Richard Donkersgoed at Bee Creek Dental will carefully examine your teeth, discuss your concerns and treatment goals, and determine if dental crowns are the right solution for you. He will explain the treatment process and answer any questions you may have.
To prepare your tooth for a dental crown, the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth will be removed, and the tooth will be shaped to create space for the crown. An impression of your tooth will then be taken to ensure the crown fits perfectly.
While your permanent crown is being custom-made in a dental laboratory, a temporary crown will be placed over your prepared tooth to protect it. The impression of your tooth will be sent to the lab, where skilled technicians will create your custom dental crown. However, if you opt for a same-day crown, there’s no temporary restoration required! We’ll simply take scans of your teeth, and create your new crown in-office while you wait.
Dental crowns provide strength and stability to weakened teeth, allowing you to bite and chew comfortably. They restore the functionality of damaged teeth, enabling you to enjoy your favorite foods without any restrictions.
By covering the visible portion of a tooth, dental crowns can improve its appearance and restore a natural-looking smile. The crowns are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and beautiful result.
Dental crowns are designed to be durable and long-lasting. With proper care and maintenance, they can withstand the forces of biting and chewing for many years, providing you with a reliable and lasting solution for your dental needs.
Rinse them when you take them out and before putting them back in. Always store your dentures in their storage case when you aren’t wearing them. Don’t run your dentures under hot water, which can morph them out-of-shape. You need to brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture cleaner twice a day and should soak them in it at night. Avoid eating excessively hard or sticky foods.
It will take some getting used to when you first get dentures. At first you may notice that you’re producing more saliva and sound louder than normal, have a restricted diet and find it difficult to pronounce certain sounds. Your gums may also feel sore and tender. All of this will subside within about a month but you will still need to be mindful of what you eat, take your time, and cut your food into smaller bites.