Having a crown put into your mouth is a great way to cover up unsightly metal fillings. At the same time, a crown might be necessary if you had a large filling or root canal where the majority of the tooth was removed. Many people fear all types of dentist work and believe that getting a crown will be a rough process. In fact, crown installation is probably the easiest part of the process, especially if you just had a root canal. This article explains how a crown is installed. If your dentist has giving you an option of getting a crown or not, it should help you realize that it is probably wiser to elect for the crown.
After the Filling or Root Canal
Usually, before the dentist even begins to drill on the tooth for a root canal or large filling, they will tell you whether or not you need a crown. Often, they will give you the option, if only because crowns can be quite expensive. You should definitely check with your insurance to see if they will cover the cost. The first step of crown installation is molding the existing tooth into a post for the crown to fit onto. It is most convenient if you have this done during the same visit that you're having your cavity filled. That way you don't need make another appointment to get sedated or have the shots done again. In most cases you won't need any further numbing if you have it done on the same visit. Once the post is formed, the dentist will quickly mold a temporary crown to put on it. He will then make impressions for the permanent crown.
Waiting for the Permanent Crown
At this point you will be sent home with your temporary crown. You usually have to take it pretty easy on this tooth for the next couple of weeks. As long as you avoid chewing directly on it, you shouldn't have any problems. When your permanent crown is ready, you will return for a quick visit to the dentist. The installation of the permanent crown usually requires a little bit of surface numbing. So, it only takes a couple of shots. The dentist will easily pop off the temporary crown and make some adjustments to the permanent crown to make sure it fits comfortably on the post.
You will be sent home and within a couple of days you will be able to use that tooth like normal. For more information, contact a dentist, like one from Associates For Family Dentistry.Share
29 September 2016
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