Porcelan Crowns / Caps
Dental Crowns in San Antonio
The Benefits of Dental Crowns – Caps
Who Needs Dental Crowns?
When Your Dentist Will Recommend Crowns:
Types of Crowns
How Crowns Are Applied
Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area before preparing teeth to receive crowns. Biting on carbon paper shows how your teeth meet, ensuring the crown will not interfere with your bite. After the bite impression, you will be fitted with a dental dam to protect the rest of your mouth from tooth dust and keep the restoration site dry. With a high-speed drill, the dentist will then reshape any teeth needing crowns. Reshaping may involve minor filing, or it could necessitate removal of more material to leave a peg-like anchor point for the crown. The amount of your natural tooth that must be removed depends on the type of crown you’re getting and the reason for the restoration.
After shaping the tooth to prepare it for the crown, your dentist will take another bite impression. This step is essential to making the cap fit the remaining tooth perfectly. If you are getting same-day porcelain crowns, you have only a 20-minute wait. Metal and PFM crowns take more time to prepare; you will get a temporary acrylic crown and return in a few weeks to get the permanent crown fitted. In either case, the dentist will apply cement to the crown and press it into place.
If you get temporary crowns, ask your dentist about specific care requirements until the permanent crowns are ready. Some common precautions to take with temporary crowns include:
- Chewing on the other side of your mouth
- Avoiding caramel, toffee and other sticky foods that could loosen the dental work
- Sliding floss from between the crowned teeth instead of lifting it free
- Caring for Dental Crowns
Your new crowns look, feel and behave like your natural teeth, and they need the same care. Follow the brushing and flossing schedule your dentist recommends. Metal-based crowns may feel more sensitive to heat and cold initially but should adjust quickly. Contact your dentist if you notice the following concerns after receiving crowns.
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
- Pain in your head or jaw
- Loosening or wiggling of the crown
- Rough or jagged spots that could indicate a chipped porcelain crown