Dental crowns, or a cap, is a covering that fits over a broken or chipped tooth. Whether you have damaged teeth from an accident or sports injury or damage has occurred over a long period of time (grinding your teeth in your sleep, for example), a dental crown could be an option for you.
Whether you make an appointment to have a broken/chipped tooth looked at or the dentist discovers damage or a chipped tooth during a routine dental exam, Dr. Vette will consult with you to provide advice on what type of dental crown or cap is right for your specific situation.
What to Expect
If Dr. Vette determines you have a chipped or broken tooth in need of a dental crown, the first step is to clean and ensure that the tooth is clear of any and all infections. The dental crown process may take more than one visit and depending on the extent or seriousness of the damage, it may require a root canal to properly strengthen and clean the tooth before a cap can be placed.
Once the tooth is clean, we will make an impression of the tooth that will be fitted with the crown and create a one-of-a-kind cap that is customized for your tooth to ensure a proper and snug fit.
While the crown is being developed, you will be fitted with a temporary crown. It is imperative that you treat the temporary crown with care and avoid chewy foods (especially candy), very crunchy foods like apples or carrots, and hot foods as well.
Letting foods cool, eating softer foods, and chewing with the opposite side of your mouth from where the crown is located are good steps to take.
Benefits of Crowns
If you have a concern about a chipped or broken tooth or would like to talk more about dental crowns, give us a call today.