Why You Should Think Twice About Delaying That Crown
Did we recommend a dental crown during your last visit to our office and you have been hesitant to schedule your appointment? It is never great news when you learn you need a dental treatment; however, it is important to be diligent in scheduling your appointment. Delaying a needed treatment, especially a dental crown, can result in the need for more extensive and costly procedures. We want to help ease your fears and explain more about this common procedure and why we may have recommended this treatment option. Read on to learn more about dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown, and Why do I Need It?
When learning you need a dental treatment, such as a crown, it can be a little scary, especially if you have never had this treatment before. A dental crown is a common treatment that involves placing a cap over a damaged, decayed, or cracked tooth to protect it from further damage. This method is also commonly used to complete various treatments, such as dental implants, a root canal, and also as the anchor teeth for dental bridges.
What to Know About Treatment
Unfortunately, the procedure for dental crowns cannot be completed in one visit and does take at least two appointments. During the first appointment, we remove any decay from the natural tooth and take the impressions needed to create the permanent crown. After the decay is removed, we will place a temporary crown to hold the space in the mouth while the permanent crown is being created. It is important to be careful with the temporary crown. We recommend not chewing on the side of the temporary when possible and not eating any chewy foods. If the temporary crown falls out between appointments, be sure to contact our office as soon as possible. During the next appointment, the permanent crown will be placed, and we will ensure a proper and comfortable fit. It is not unusual to experience some sensitivity while the gums are healing and you adjust to the new tooth.
If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office located in Canandaigua, NY to schedule an appointment. Delaying a needed treatment can result in more extensive treatments and additional costs. We want to help get your oral health back on track.