FAQs About Dental Crowns: Your Common Questions Answered!

If you need a dental crown in Sunbury, you may have some questions about crowns and the crown treatment process. So in this blog from Shine Dental, we’ll take a look at a few frequently asked questions that patients often ask Dr. Miller when they’re getting a dental crown. Let’s get started.

1. What Is A Dental Crown? 

A dental crown is a hollow false tooth, which is built to fit over your existing tooth after it has been trimmed and shaped. The crown covers up and “caps” the entire tooth, covering it all the way down to the gum line and restoring the shape, color, and function of your tooth. 

2. How Long Will My Crown Last?

Porcelain crowns usually last at least 15 years with proper care and maintenance, and it’s not uncommon for crowns to last 20+ years. The porcelain ceramic materials used to build your crown are very durable and similar to your enamel in strength and hardness, so you can expect your crown to last a very long time. 

3. Why Would I Need A Dental Crown? 

Dental crowns are needed to repair teeth that are too decayed to treat with a filling, and are also used to treat infected teeth after root canals, or to repair a tooth that’s been broken or cracked due to oral trauma. The best way to find out if a dental crown is right for you is to contact Shine Dental for a consultation with Dr. Katelyn Miller. 

4. How Should I Care For A New Dental Crown?

You can treat a dental crown just like a natural tooth. Brush twice a day and floss once a day, and make sure to see Dr. Miller for an oral exam and teeth cleaning every six months. 

5. Do Crowns Hurt?

No. During the crown placement process, we will numb your mouth to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort when your tooth is trimmed to make room for your crown. We even offer sedation dentistry to ensure that you feel completely safe and comfortable during your appointment at Shine Dental. 

6. Are Crowns Used For Cosmetic Dentistry?

Crowns are usually used for restorative dentistry, but can be used as a cosmetic treatment in some cases. For example, a severely misshapen tooth may not be treatable with dental bonding or veneers, and may need to be covered up and capped with a dental crown. 

7. How Long Does It Take To Recover After Crown Placement?

You won’t have any “down time” after your crown is placed. The treatment is non-surgical and does not cause any serious pain or discomfort, so you can get back to your day-to-day routine immediately without having to worry about taking time off work or adjusting your schedule.

Got More Questions? Contact Us To Get The Answers You Need! 

At Shine Dental, Dr. Katelyn Miller is an expert in restorative care in Sunbury. To learn more about dental crowns and see if you’re a good candidate for a crown, just contact us online or give us a call at 740-936-3083. We’re always accepting new patients, and we hope to see you soon. 

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