A dental crown is an excellent option if you are opting for a root canal. After a quick dental exam, your dentist will advise you on whether you require a simple dental filling, a root canal, or a tooth extraction.
At Mahar Dental, Dr. Mahar will make sure that you get the perfect dental crown that is both functional and long-lasting.
Dental Crown Procedure
Two appointments are typically needed to receive a dental crown. During your initial appointment, impressions will be taken to be utilized in the creation of your personalized crown. In addition, a temporary crown will be made from the mold and placed over your tooth for about two weeks while a dental lab fabricates your new crown.
The dentist will prepare the tooth, which begins with decay removal and contouring the surface to suit the crown while the tooth is numb. After that, your temporary crown will be affixed to your tooth using temporary cement, and your bite will be examined to ensure it is correct.
The new crown will be placed after the temporary crown is removed and will be precisely positioned to guarantee the proper spacing and bite at your second visit. You will receive instructions on how to look after your new crown correctly, including how often you should see the dentist to have it examined. As with any operation, good dental hygiene will help your new crown last longer.
How Long Does it Last?
Compared to fillings, inlays, and onlays, crowns are more durable and long-lasting. The most sturdy and long-lasting alternative to other cosmetic procedures is a crown. In terms of durability, they even perform better than dental bonding and veneers.
A crown may last 10 to 15 years before it needs to be replaced due to wear and tear if the patient does not receive regular dental care. While the exact lifespan of a crown is unknown, it's feasible that using proper dental hygiene diligently will be sufficient to double or even prolong the life of your crown.
No Need for a Tooth Extraction
An infection of the pulp in the tooth is called pulpitis. A chronic condition is an irreversible pulpitis. As a result, the inner tooth begins to deteriorate. The dentist performs a root canal to remove the infected pulp and cure irreversible pulpitis. The dentist has two options for restoring the tooth after the root canal.
The tooth is first filled with a filling as a preliminary step. The second, better method, involves placing a crown over the tooth once the hole has been filled. A crown is necessary to prevent a dead tooth from breaking into tiny pieces.
Dental Crown Care
Even if a tooth with a crown doesn't need any particular maintenance, keep in mind that this does not guarantee the tooth is safe from decay or gum disease. Continue to exercise excellent oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every day, especially in the region of the crown. You should also gargle with an antibacterial mouthwash which can be recommended by your dentist and should be done at least once a day.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
Contact us here at Mahar Dental at (315) 766-2770 to learn more about dental crowns.