When you have a damaged tooth, your dentist might recommend a tooth cap to cover it and prevent further damage and infections. When a tooth is chipped, broken or decayed, bacteria can migrate into the root canal and eventually to the jaw and gums.
If you leave the cracks or decay untreated, you will be at risk of losing your tooth or need a dental treatment that is more expensive or complicated. Therefore, to prevent such dental issues, you should consider getting dental crowns. The dental crown is a tooth cap that covers the tooth and can be made of porcelain, metal alloys, resin or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Some of the factors that would compel you to consider getting tooth crowns, include:
When you have a damaged tooth that requires a tooth cap, you should consult your dentist first. Your dentist will examine the teeth and determine if a crown is the best tooth restoration for you.
After the dental exam, the dentist will prepare your tooth by shedding some parts. When preparing the tooth, your dentist will first administer local anaesthesia. Next, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental lab to create permanent crowns. Meanwhile, the dentist will place a temporary tooth cap to cover the tooth.
The permanent take two to three weeks to arrive from the dental lab. Once the tooth caps come, your dentist will schedule the next appointment. During the dental visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with a permanent one. The dentist will check the bite, make necessary adjustments and cement it in place.
Just like any other dental procedure, getting crowns is painless. Therefore, you should not dread visiting your dentist to get crowns. When preparing your tooth to get crowns, the dentist administers local anaesthesia to numb the site of treatment.
If you are getting a tooth cap to cover the tooth after a root canal treatment, the root nerves are not present. However, you might experience mild pain after anaesthetics wear off, but the discomfort will go away after a few days.
Before administering local anaesthesia, which involves injecting the anaesthetic, our dentist in Tucker, GA, might give you a sedative to make you feel comfortable during the procedure. Therefore, you are not likely to feel pain when administering anaesthesia through injection.
Sometimes you might experience sensitivity when brushing your teeth or chewing. However, the pain should be gone in a few days. Therefore, if tooth sensitivity persists, you should contact your dentist immediately.
When you experience excruciating pain or tooth sensitivity after getting dental caps, you should consider contacting your dentist. In the meantime, you can consider the following home remedies:
Dental crowns can remain intact for 15 to 20 years without the need for a replacement if you take care of them. At Smiles 2 You Dental Center, we recommend the following tips to prolong the lifespan of the tooth caps: