There are many reasons Dr. Watson might suggest placing a crown. You may have a missing tooth or simply bit down too hard on something and broken one of your teeth. You could have just finished a root canal and need a crown to complete the procedure. Or, it could be that years of clenching your teeth have finally taken their toll.

Why should I get a crown?

The finishing touch on a root canal procedure or after implant placement, a dental crown performs double-duty, not only restoring your mouth to full function, but also creating an aesthetic replacement for the full tooth that is no longer there. Most crowns will cover your entire remaining tooth structure straight down to the gum-line. These tooth-shaped restorations can also be used to protect a tooth weakened by decay, or hold together a tooth that is severely broken, cracked, or requires a large filling.

What is a crown made of?

The most common materials used for crowns include porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain-fused-to-metal; other choices include resin or metal alloys (such as gold). Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, and Dr. Watson will consider several factors when determining which to use for you.

The decision will depend on:

  • where the crown will be placed your mouth
  • patient habits, such as clenching or grinding your teeth
  • what will look the most natural
  • your overall patient needs and history

How will the dentist place the crown in my mouth?

If you need a crown to hold together a weakened, broken down, or cracked tooth, you will need to visit our office at least twice. During the first visit, Dr. Watson will remove any existing decay or damage and then take an impression of the prepared tooth and surrounding area so that a laboratory can make your permanent crown. He will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown arrives and is placed (usually about two to three weeks later). If you are receiving a crown as part of root canal or implant procedure, the process and timeline will probably be slightly different.

Will my mouth hurt afterwards?

Pain or sensitivity is not unusual after the crown is in place and the anesthetic has worn off. Hot/cold sensitivities may be remedied with special toothpaste, but other sensitivities could require Dr. Watson’s expertise and care.

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