A dental crown is a permanent covering "cap" that is placed over a damaged, cracked and decayed tooth. Crowns are made of different materials like Zirconia, porcelain, gold, or the mix of all these materials. The Porcelain material gives dental crown the most natural appearance, allows to blend in with the rest of your teeth.
When is a crown done:
- Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured or broken tooth
- Hide a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Restore a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Taking care of your new crown:
While crowns can last a long time, they do sometimes become loose or fall out and you can get cavities underneath crowns. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing everyday and using mouthwashes.
Sensitivities After a crown:
- The tooth needs some time to settle down.
Usually needs about 2 weeks to settle down and the sensitivity may go away.
- The tooth may need a root canal.
If the pain does not go away after a few weeks and gets worse. The tooth might have intense pain to stimulus like hot or cold or to biting. We will do our best to tell you before starting the crown if you may need a root canal, the reality is when dealing with living tissue one can never truly predict when a nerve will decide to die. Much of this has to do with your bodies ability to heal itself and with your anatomy.
- The crown is slightly too high and your chewing on it is causing pain.
This is an easy fix, we will adjust the bite. If the bite adjustment was the only issue the pain will disappear within a few days after the dentist adjusts it. These are the main reasons that a tooth hurts after a crown. The reasoning for each can depend on your situation.