Dental Crown FAQs
What is a dental crown?
Your teeth are made up of crowns and roots. The crown is the part that sticks up above the gum line. When we “make a crown” in our office, we are referring to an artificial crown that is created to fix a severely decayed or broken tooth. Our crowns are made to look and function exactly like your natural teeth!
Why are crowns important?
Prosthetic crowns are a very important restorative dental treatment because they preserve the natural tooth and its roots, which is always our number one priority. Without artificial crowns, more extractions would occur, which would lead to more discomfort and expensive treatments in the future. Crowns last for many years and they function and look just like natural teeth.
How long does the crown appointment take?
A crown appointment is very similar to having a filling – it takes about 1-2 hours.
How does the dental crown procedure work?
First we reduce the natural crown down to healthy tissue. Then, an impression is made and a temporary crown produced to allow for functioning while we craft the final crown. After 3 weeks, you will return to us for placement of the final crown.
Does it hurt to get a prosthetic dental crown?
No. Just like a filling, the tooth being crowned will be kept numb throughout the procedure. If you have any discomfort later in the day, it is usually mild enough to be controlled adequately with over-the-counter pain medication.
Can I eat after having a crown?
Please do not eat or drink while numb following your crown procedure, and avoid anything hard or sticky.
How long does a dental crown last?
Most prosthetic crowns last for 5-15 years, and, sometimes, even longer.
How do I care for my prosthetic crown?
Simply brush twice and floss once daily to keep your crown in tip top shape.
Do artificial crowns look natural?
Yes. Most people can’t tell the difference between an artificial crown and a natural one. We use the finest materials and a great dental lab to give you a totally natural crown that will last you for many smiles to come.