Top 10 Dental Crown FAQs

1. Why Do I Need A Crown?
The primary purpose of a crown is to cover or protect a damaged tooth. So, if you’ve had a root canal or a very big cavity, Dr. Kherani or Dr. Young may suggest a dental crown to finish the treatment. You may also need a crown as a part of a dental bridge or with dental implants.

2. What Are Crowns Made Of?
Crowns could be made of ceramic, gold alloy, metal alloy, or porcelain fused to metal.

3. Will It Match My Teeth?
Yes! When Dr. Kherani or Dr. Young take impressions or imaging of your teeth, they will also match the color. Your smile can continue to look natural.

4. How Long Is This Going to Take?
When Dr. Kherani or Dr. Young recommend a crown, it will usually involve two separate appointments. During the first, they will assess your tooth, take measurements and impressions. Additionally, they will shape your tooth for the new crown. Depending on the situation, they may install a temporary crown for you until your permanent one is finished by the in-house dental lab. We’ll schedule your final appointment before you leave the office!

5. Can I Get A Crown in Just One Appointment?
In some places, it is possible to get a crown in one day. However, at this time, Dr. Kherani and Dr. Young prefer the high quality and durability of the crowns created as a two-step process.

6. Can’t I Just Have a Filling?
A filling is a great restoration for a smaller cavity. However, some cavities, especially those on your molars, can be so large that they essentially hollow out your tooth. The root may be stable, but the tooth itself is a shell, and unable to withstand normal daily use. In this case, your tooth will be filled, but also needs to be covered by a crown for protection. If you have had root canal therapy to correct an abscessed tooth, it will also need to be covered by a crown.

7. How Do I Care for My Crown?
The same way you care for your natural teeth! Brush twice a day, floss at least once, and rinse with an alcohol-free rinse in the evenings before bedtime!

8. What Can I Eat?
You can eat most of the food you’ve been eating! Do try to avoid sticky and chewy foods like caramels or toffee, since those could possibly pull the crown off!

9. How Long Will It Last?
The lifespan of your restoration depends on the material you choose. All metal typically lasts longest, while ceramics and porcelains are more natural looking with a slightly shorter lifespan (although that’s not always the case anymore.) Most crowns are guaranteed for five years, but many people have them last as long as 20 years!

10. What If It Breaks or Falls Out?
If you have a dental restoration fail, call Kherani Dental at Aspen to have it replaced! This is emergency dental work that needs to happen ASAP!

Dr. Kherani and Dr. Young offer excellent care for patients in need of dental restoration. Contact our office with questions or to schedule your appointment!

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