Dental Crowns in Arlington, Virginia

The Crown and Process

The purpose of a crown is to replace the structure, function and esthetics of a damaged or defective tooth. This protects the tooth, and often nerve, from future damage. Crowns are all-ceramic, highly esthetic restorations that fully cover teeth. To prepare a tooth for a crown, the visible portion is reduced in all dimensions (360deg) by 1 - 1.5mm. All damaged tooth struc- ture (including decay, fractures and old fillings) is removed. Sometimes, fractures decay and old restorations extend under the gum line. In this case, a laser is required to remove the gum tissue so that healthy tooth structure can be exposed and prepped. This process is called a "gingivectomy." Tooth structure that needs to be replaced, to aid in the retention of the crown, is called the "buildup." If a gingivectomy is needs, the gum tissue around the crown can be sore for 7-10 days. Proper hygiene less flossing should be continued to keep the gum area clean while it heals. The Motrin regiment below will be essential to limit discomfort during the tissue healing phase.

Temporary crowns are temporary

They protect the tooth and prevent space closure prior to final crown cementation. Temporary crowns can be in place for weeks to years. The temporary crown should not feel "high" and will not feel like a natural tooth or like the permanent crown. We recommend brushing the tempo- rary crown as usual, but not flossing around crown unless absolutely necessary. To avoid pulling the temporary crown off while flossing, pull floss "down" between teeth then pull floss out to the side to remove. Avoid sticky or hard foods, like caramel, chewing gum or nuts. If the temporary crown comes off and you have a scheduled appointment to have the permanent crown ce- mented, do not worry. You will not hurt the tooth underneath. Exposed dentin will often cause the tooth to be more sensitive, but it is not imperative that the temporary be replaced so long as the discomfort is manageable.

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