If you have a crack in your tooth, you may be told that you need to have a dental crown put in. However, you may not know much about dental crowns, and knowledge about the procedure can allay concerns and help you prepare for the future. Here are some questions to ask your dentist before you get a crown:
Can I Wait?
Your first impulse may be to try to delay the crown procedure, either because you are busy or you are reluctant to have the procedure done. Your dentist will be able to explain whether that is a wise decision for you. In some cases you may be able to wait until you have some discomfort. However, in other cases, waiting may cause you to need a root canal if the crack reaches the pulp of the tooth. Your cracked tooth may also be in danger of splitting, which might require that the tooth be removed.
What Type of Crown Will I Get?
There are a number of types of crowns that your doctor may choose for your tooth. Crowns made of ceramic are the ones that look most like your other teeth. If your cracked tooth is one of your front teeth, your dentist may recommend porcelain for that reason. PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) crowns are metal crowns with a porcelain overlay. They are less expensive than ceramic crowns, but the porcelain layer may erode over time. Talk to your dentist about the crown that is best for your particular situation.
Will a Crown Affect the Food I Can Eat?
Sometimes, dentists will suggest that patients avoid sticky or hard foods that can cause the crown to become dislodged. Ask your dentist whether that is something you need to think about when making food choices in the future.
How Will My Teeth Feel After Getting the Crown?
You may find that your teeth and gums are more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures for a period. There is no set amount of time that your teeth may feel sensitive, as it is different for everyone. You may find that the sensitivity is relieved by using toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth. Be sure to watch out for sensitivity or pain that gets worse. If that happens, see a dentist as soon as you can.
Now that you know some of the questions to ask when you're about to get a dental crown, you can be better prepared for the procedure. Be sure to talk to your dentist about any additional concerns. Consider visiting Pinon Hills Dental for your crown needs.