Freeman Dental Associates wants you to smile with pride! We can provide a dental crown to improve the appearance and feel of your teeth.
Many people across all ages suffer from tooth decay and the damage that can occur from natural gaps in the teeth, normal wear and tear from chewing, and the stress that is placed on a patient’s teeth following surgery such as a root canal. A dental crown will protect the tooth, the gum line, and the surrounding teeth from further damage.
The types of crowns consist of gold, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns that work as a cap over your tooth. This may cause some anxiety, imagining a foreign object affecting your ability to speak and eat. However, it is not the case!
We work with every patient to make certain that the normal use of the mouth is not impeded! Anxiety because of dental work affects about 36% of the population. There is nothing to worry about when our dental professional prepares the tooth and installs a dental crown! Thanks to local anesthesia, placing a dental crown is a fast and painless process.
Before the crown is placed on the tooth, an impression is made to ensure a good fit. This can cause some slight discomfort as the mold sets. Patients with a sensitive gag reflex may be especially worried, but breathing through the nose and being seated in an upright position also helps. It also helps to keep in mind that it takes only 1 to 2 minutes for the mold to harden so patients can breathe easily and get through it! Once the mold is set, the temporary crown can be created and placed.
In total, It takes about 40 to 60 minutes to make and install a temporary crown. Generally, a temporary crown is installed first, then after 2 to 3 weeks of fabrication, the permanent crown is ready to be placed. These are custom-made to fit snugly and be almost unnoticeable.
Our dentist will work with you to make sure the crown fits with no discomfort. Our professionals will use a small file to shave the crown to make your bite as natural as possible and remove any rough edges. We want the cap to be as unobtrusive as possible and match the natural tooth that forms the foundation for the crown.
It’s important to let the dentist know if there are any issues with the temporary dental crown such as difficulty flossing or an uneven bite. The sooner the issue is addressed will make the entire experience less stressful. Avoid missing your permanent crown appointment because keeping a temporary crown in the mouth for too long could cause difficulties.
Also, try to avoid sticky foods, hard candy, or chewing on ice when the temporary crown is in place. All of these issues may lead to the dentist having to do a second impression. Make certain to follow the advice of your dentist at Freeman Dental Association to keep your natural teeth and smile looking good!
Our dental professionals are waiting to help you determine if a dental crown is a good fit for you, so call (781) 293.2128 for an appointment. For additional information on the other types of dental services we provide, take a look at our website.