What to Expect Following the Placement of a Dental Crown
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Front Desk
A dental crown (also called a dental cap) is a tooth-shaped cap used to cover a patient's actual tooth. Crowns are used for a wide variety of reasons, including to treat weak/decayed teeth, restore broken teeth, hold a dental bridge in place, to cover misshapen/discolored teeth, or for cosmetic purposes.
The placement of a crown usually requires at least two visits to the dentist's office. During the first visit, you will receive an oral exam, then be prepared and fitted for your crown. At the next visit, additional prep work might be necessary before the crown is placed. Once it has been fitted, you will probably ask what to expect in the long-term.
What to Expect with a Crown?
A well fitted and placed crown should look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. It might take a few days to get used to the crown, so don't be overly alarmed if it feels a little awkward. However, there should not be any pain. If there is pain, let us know at once so this can be addressed.
You want to make sure your bite patterns and pressure feel normal as this means the crown has been correctly placed. Once the awkward sensation passes, note how your mouth feels when you are eating or even speaking. You don't want to feel a cap on your tooth or teeth. If the biting and chewing feels completely natural, you will have a reduced risk of damaging the crown.
When your bite isn't properly aligned, you can chip or crack the crown, but the additional pressure can affect the gums. This pressure contributes to tenderness, inflammation, and possibly even gum infection. If your crown feels noticeable or even worse, you are in pain, please give your office a call to identify and correct any problems you may be dealing with.
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