You might not be princess Kate or Prince William, but the thought of getting any sort of crown does kind of make you royalty. If your dentist recently recommended that you get a dental crown, it’s not as scary as it sounds— in fact, as one of the most routine procedures, dental crowns are safe and can help you get back your ability to function like a normal adult once again.
What’s a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are used to help protect and cover a decayed tooth, so that you can get your original chewing function back. By being placed over the top of the tooth— like a crown— your dental crown not only acts as a barrier against further decay but it also gives you back your ability to chew and enjoy foods like you should be able to. Made of both porcelain or metals, dental crowns come in a variety of different options.
What is the Procedure Like?
Although it would be nice if your dentist simply crowned your tooth and sent you on your way in a matter of minutes, the dental crown procedure is a bit more complex than that. During your initial visit to the dentist, your dentist will work to remove the decay caused to the tooth. Although the procedure may seem painful, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic or give you laughing gas, so that you won’t feel a thing. Once the decayed tooth has been taken care of, a temporary crown will be placed over the top.
During your second visit, you will receive your permanent dental crown. This process involves cementing your permanent dental crown to your tooth in order to give you durability and functionality.
What Is Recovery Like?
Recovery from a dental crown should only last a few days as your tooth itself might feel a bit sore from all of the work that was previously performed on it. However, you should return to normal in just a day or two and will feel like a new person.
To learn more about dental crowns, contact our office today!