Whether your tooth is chipped, decayed, or missing, life without a functional tooth can be difficult and painful. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), more than 35 million Americans are missing every tooth on either their top or bottom jaw. If you’re in need of a dental crown, you’re not alone. Contact Rasmi Akel, DDS at Big Smile Dentistry in Lake Worth and Greenacres, Florida to find out if a crown is the right solution for your problem tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” placed directly over the tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance. It fully covers the visible part of the tooth above the gum line and looks and functions like a normal tooth. Dental crowns are generally needed when:
Dr. Akel specializes in natural-looking crowns that seamlessly fit into your smile.
On your first visit to Dr. Akel, he performs an X-ray that targets the problem tooth. If there is excessive decay or a risk of infection, he may perform a root canal before he gives you a crown. He then numbs the tooth and the gum tissue surrounding it, so he can file it down to make room for the crown.
After the crown is fitted to the proper size, Dr. Akel makes an impression of the tooth with a digital scanner. He then sends the impression to a lab that can make the crown and, in the meantime, installs a temporary crown until the new one is ready.
When you return for your next visit, Dr. Akel checks to see if the permanent crown fits. If everything goes well, you will once again receive local anesthetic on the tooth in question as he cements the new crown in place.
Although rare, it is possible that you may experience complications with your new crown. A recently installed crown may be sensitive or uncomfortable as the anesthesia wears off. If the nerve of the tooth is still alive, there is a chance you could experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
If you’re experiencing pain or sensitivity when you bite down, your crown may be positioned too high. Contact Dr. Akel immediately so this can be corrected. Other complications may occur with crowns, including:
Again, these results are rare. In most cases, crowns work perfectly for five to 15 years. An expert in implanting crowns, Dr. Akel will get your tooth back to normal so you can smile confidently!