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Don’t Delay Getting That Crown!

Don’t Delay Getting That Crown!

Have you recently visited our office and learned that you need a dental crown? We want to encourage our patients who are in need of a dental crown to schedule their treatment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can lead not only to discomfort, but also the need for more extensive treatments or even tooth loss. Have you been hesitant to schedule because you are unsure of what the treatment entails? Read on to learn more about this common dental treatment and why we may have recommended this treatment method.

What is a Dental Crown and Why Do I Need One?

A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap or covering that is permanently placed over a damaged tooth or to finish a restorative dental treatment. When a crown is used to cover a decayed tooth, it is one of the last options before a tooth needs to be extracted. We may recommend a crown when:

  • Damage or decay cannot be repaired by a filling
  • A filling is too large and no longer adequately supports the tooth structure
  • The shape of a tooth needs to be changed
  • A dental implant or bridge needs to be completed

Important Information About the Procedure and Recovery

A dental crown can typically be completed in two office visits, unless there is a unique situation. The first visit is to remove any decay from the natural tooth, and the second visit is to place the permanent crown. During the first visit, we will place a temporary crown, to be worn while the permanent tooth is being created in the lab. We recommend patients avoid chewing on the side with the temporary crown so as not to loosen it. If the temporary crown falls out, be sure to call our office to let us know. It is best to brush and clean around the area gently. If your gums around the area need to heal, be sure to rinse your mouth with warm, salty water.

If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office located in Baldwinsville, 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.