Dental crowns have a variety of applications, including preserving a badly decayed tooth, protecting a tooth after a root canal, repairing a chipped or cracked tooth, and improving the appearance of a significantly misshapen tooth. In many cases, getting a dental crown can save you the discomfort and expense of a tooth extraction. It can also correct functional problems with your bite and improve the appearance of your smile.
A crown blends in with your other teeth and looks completely natural. You’re in good hands when you choose to have this procedure completed at O.C. Dental Specialists.
What to Expect When Receiving a Dental Crown for the First Time
If your dentist has recommended a crown and you agree to the procedure, you will need to come to our office for two separate visits. During the first appointment, your dentist will remove decay and then shape the tooth. The last step involves receiving a temporary dental crown. When your customized crown is ready in approximately two weeks, someone from our office will contact you to come in for a final fitting.
When a Crown Breaks
Although dental crowns are sturdy enough to last for a decade or longer, they can sometimes break earlier due to excess wear, biting into a hard food, or when brushing or flossing your teeth. If your crown fell out, try to locate the portion of the broken crown and place it in a bag for safekeeping until you have the chance to visit our office. We will always attempt to reattach the part of the crown that broke off before recommending a new crown.
It’s also possible that you could swallow a broken piece of crown. Although this will pass through your body without issue, we will need to create an entirely new crown for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.