Dental Crowns Overview
If you have one or more damaged teeth or you have recently had a root canal, you are probably in need of dental crowns. Though you have more than likely heard your dentist refer to dental crowns before, you may not actually know exactly what they are. At L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts in Washington, DC, we are here to clear up any misunderstandings and help you get a better idea of this service and what it can do for you.
Dental Crowns Save Your Tooth
The name, for example, is actually a bit of a misnomer. Unlike the royal crowns you may be picturing, a dental crown is not open on top. In fact, dental crowns do not look at all like the kinds of crowns you might be picturing. Instead, they look like natural teeth and they function much like helmets or protective armor over a damaged tooth.
The procedure can usually be performed in just two visits. In the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your bite and then (using local anesthesia) file down the affected tooth to create a base for the crown. They will then take another impression and send both to the lab to have your crown made. While you wait for your permanent crown to be made, you will wear a temporary one to protect your tooth, and when the permanent crown is finished you will come back for a final fitting and to have it cemented in place.
Dental crowns are incredibly beneficial in a number of ways. They can prevent the need to extract a damaged tooth, as well as the pain that comes with trying to chew food on a tooth that has been cracked or chipped. They also function and look exactly like natural teeth, so caring for them is as simple as maintaining good dental hygiene and visiting us at L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts in Washington, DC regularly for examinations and cleanings.
After your permanent dental crowns are fitted, your dentist will check your bite to ensure that your teeth are even and that your crown does not sit too high. Then they will make any necessary adjustments before you leave. If you find that you think your bite is still not quite right after you leave, you can come back for further adjustments. Other than that, you can expect to eat and drink all of your favorite foods and drinks without pain or temperature sensitivity.
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