Prosthetic & Restorative Dentistry
A dental crown is a cap shaped like a tooth that is placed over a tooth, to restore its shape size and strength, and to improve its look. There are different materials used to fabricate crowns, and all crowns are fabricated so that they are nearly identical to the tooth being restored. This ensures that they fit in and match the surrounding teeth. Suave Dental will recommend the best materials and processes for your specific crown treatment.
Crowns can be used for primary teeth (baby teeth) in the following situations:
- If severe decay has damaged the tooth and it can no longer support a filling
- For children who are at high risk for tooth decay
In most cases with children, the dentist will recommend a stainless steel crown.
Discomfort and Sensitivity
Once the crown has been placed and the anesthesia has worn off, patients can experience discomfort and sensitivity. If the tooth that has been crowned still has a nerve present, you may experience hot and cold sensitivity. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth may be recommended for temporary use. Pain when biting down may mean that the crown is situated too high on the tooth, and you should let your dentist know immediately so that the situation can be remedied.
Crowns made with full porcelain can chip. Small chips can be restored with a composite filling with no need of replacing the crown. Major chips may require replacement of the crown.
Temporary crowns are used until your permanent crown is placed. Temporary crowns are made in the dental office, whereas the permanent crown is made at a dental laboratory. The temporary crowns are made using acrylic material and are not intended for long term use.