Dental crowns are dental restorations that cover chipped, cracked, fractured, or weakened teeth. Our office typically uses crowns as the final restoration for dental bridges or dentures. They easily provide a natural-looking prosthetic. Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offer dental crown treatment in Hampstead, NC.
Dr. Lauren Francis and her experienced dental team help patients restore their smiles with crowns for a more stable and healthier bite.
How Are Dental Crowns Used?
We can provide patients with one or more dental crowns to:
- Protect a tooth after a root canal
- Strengthen anchor teeth for a dental bridge
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Cover a stained or discolored tooth
Please contact our office if you have tooth stains or damage that you would like to treat with dental crowns. We can help determine if you require additional treatments as well as how many crowns you will need.
Dental Crown Treatment
To begin treatment, Dr. Francis removes a small portion of the tooth structure. This is done to prepare the teeth for the dental crowns. Dr. Francis will then take impressions of the teeth to send to a dental lab. The dental lab will fabricate the crowns according to these specifications.
While the crowns are being created, Dr. Francis will provide you with a temporary tooth cap. In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our office. Dr. Francis will place the crowns on the teeth and make sure they are secure.
If you have an old filling or dental crown, we can replace them for you. Worn, broken, or metal restorations do not blend in with natural teeth and can damage natural surrounding teeth. Receiving new crowns provides stability and security to your teeth and gums.
Dental Crown FAQs
Learn more about dental crowns below:
How long do dental crowns last?
Typically, dental crowns can last from 15 to 30 years. Ther depends on how you care for your dental crowns. By cleaning your crowns properly and visiting our office for routine visits, we can ensure that your crowns last as long as possible.
Is the dental crown treatment painful?
We use a local anesthetic to numb the treated area that is receiving the dental crown or crowns. Anesthetic prevents pain during treatment. After their treatments, many patients feel tooth sensitivity and soreness in their gums. However, this will pass with pain medications and time. If you have severe pain after your crown treatment, please contact our office so we can find the problem.
What should I avoid after getting a crown?
For the first 24 hours, you should avoid sticky and hard foods. This is to make sure that the crown doesn’t move or come out while it’s still settling into your mouth. After this period, you should be able to eat and drink anything that you normally would.
If you have sensitivity because of the preparation needed for a crown, try to avoid anything that’s very hot or cold, and chew on the side opposite the crown.
Can teeth underneath a crown get infected?
Ill-fitting dental crowns increase patients’ chances of decay. Plaque can build up underneath the crown, impacting the tooth underneath. If you have an old dental crown that is broken or loose, contact us so we can replace it immediately. Properly fitting crowns should fully cover and protect the tooth.
How long does a dental crown take to settle?
As with any new restoration, your crown will feel a bit weird in your mouth at first. It takes some time for you to adjust. Your crown may feel a bit bulky in your mouth for the first week or two. It should feel more normal to you after this two-week period. If you’re still having issues, call our office so that we can make sure the restoration fits properly.
Is a dental crown the best choice for me?
Dental crowns take care of a lot of dental issues. They’re a great way to preserve natural tooth structure, even with severe damage or decay. We take care to preserve natural tooth structure whenever possible. The dentist takes a full oral evaluation and discusses your budget to determine whether a dental crown is the best choice for you.
How long does it take your gums to heal after a crown?
After a crown placement, the stitches will be ready to be removed after about 7-10 days. The next step is to give the gums a chance to heal, which typically takes about three months. It will take time to adjust to your crown, so patience is key after a crown procedure.
How do you clean under a crown?
Make sure to brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and floss daily. Fluoride may be used to supplement brushing. Take care when flossing around a crown to prevent breaking.
Contact Our Dental Office
Call us for dental crown treatment today at 910-335-4392 or schedule a consultation with us on our website. Please let us know if you have any further questions, and we will be glad to help.