Dental crowns are a common product offered by a majority of dentists. Crowns are inserted for a variety of reasons including a worn down tooth, the restoration of misshaped teeth, and shelter for a tooth that has undergone a root canal.
When you first go to your dentist about getting dental crowns they will numb the area around your tooth then they will use a dental instrument to form and prep the tooth so the crown will fit properly.
Occasionally, this step requires more than one appointment to ensure the crown fits as well as it can. This step is known as a build-up and its main job is to help support the dental crown. After the build-up step, a mold of the tooth will be taken and in the meantime, a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth. The mold is then sent into a dental laboratory so a customized crown can be made for you.
Once it done, it will be sent to your dentist and you decide if it meets your specifications. If you are not satisfied with the crown, another mold will be taken and sent to a laboratory to make a new one. After a dental crown is inserted it is common to experience some soreness and pain when biting down. The temperature change may also cause sensitivity, but over the counter pain medications approved by your dentist should be able to help during this adjustment period.
If you experience issues with your dental crown, you should contact your dentist immediately to discuss what can be done.