What Factors Should Be Considered Before Getting Dental Crowns?
While the process of getting dental crowns is more convenient and comfortable than ever, there are still a number of things it is important to know and consider prior to treatment to ensure the most efficient and successful experience possible. At Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates, Farmingdale, NY, dentist Dr. Angela Ferrari performs a range of restorative dentistry services and treatments, including the placement of dental crowns, to help patients achieve a stronger, healthier, and more beautiful smile they can feel confident about. Keep reading to find helpful information on what things should be taken into consideration ahead of your dental crown procedure.
When are dental crowns needed?
Dental crowns can serve a number of purposes for concealing cosmetic and/or functional imperfections, including:
- Cracked tooth
- Chipped tooth
- Discolored tooth
- One or more missing teeth (when supported by implants)
- Large filling
- Tooth that has been treated with a root canal
- Damaged tooth
- Severe tooth decay
What should I know about getting dental crowns?
Some of the most important things to know and consider when getting dental crowns include:
1. How dental crowns are placed
The process of placing dental implants involves first addressing any active infections or other dental/oral conditions that may be present. Impressions are then taken of the tooth or teeth that will be covered with crowns. If needed, a small amount of enamel and tooth structure may be removed to make room for the crown. A temporary crown will then be placed over the tooth while the new crown is custom-created in an off-site dental lab. The patient will then return at a later time to have their new dental crown placed.
2. The timeline for getting dental crowns
Patients often wonder how long it takes to get dental crowns, and the timeline will vary somewhat from case to case. On average, it typically takes several weeks from start to finish, allowing time for the initial appointment, impressions, and the production and placement of the crown. In some cases, patients may be eligible for same-day crowns created with the revolutionary CEREC® same-day crown technology.
3. How to care for dental crowns
Dental crowns can be cared for in much the same way you care for your natural teeth, including brushing and flossing and attending your regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings. Additionally, patients can protect their crowns by avoiding hard, sticky, crunchy, and staining foods and beverages. A custom night guard and/or athletic mouth guard can provide additional protection from clenching, grinding, and trauma. Patients should also keep in mind that dental crowns cannot be whitened in the same way that natural teeth can, so it is helpful to minimize the consumption of tea, coffee, and red wine and to refrain from smoking.
4. How long dental crowns last
Another popular question about getting crowns is how long they will last. When properly cared for, dental crowns can last for years, decades, or even a lifetime. If a dental crown does become damaged, cracked, or falls out, don’t hesitate to call our office to schedule an appointment to discuss options for repairing or replacing your crown.
These are just a few of the things you may want to consider when it comes to getting dental crowns. Dr. Ferrari and our knowledgeable team will be happy to answer any other questions you have during your initial consultation to ensure you feel comfortable and confident going into your treatment.
Restore a healthy, functional, and attractive smile once again with dental crowns in Farmingdale, NY
If you have a missing, damaged, or otherwise compromised tooth and are looking for a long-lasting option that can address the function, health, and appearance of your smile, you may be a candidate for dental crowns. To learn more about what you can expect with dental crowns or to schedule your Farmingdale, NY, dental crown consultation and examination with Dr. Angela Ferrari, call Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates today.