Turning Your Tooth Into Royalty: All About Dental Crowns

If you have a broken tooth and you think a crown may be the best way to go to have the tooth repaired, then you should read up on dental crowns, so you are well-educated on them and won't find yourself being surprised by anything. Here are some commonly asked questions about crowns and the answers to them.

Can crowns always be used to repair a broken tooth?

No, the dentist will have to make sure you and your tooth are good candidates to have a crown put on. The tooth the crown is going on will need to be in good enough shape to support the crown. If the tooth is healthy and strong, but just has a piece broken off, then the tooth may do well with a crown. The dentist will also want to consider the condition of your gums to see whether or not they feel a crown is the best option for you. 

Does it hurt to have a crown put on?

You'll be glad to learn that getting a crown on should not be a painful experience. In fact, the most uncomfortable part of the entire process for most people has to do with the length of time they have to keep their mouth held open. This can leave your jaw feeling a bit sore afterward. The dentist will have to grind down some of the tooth to create more space for the crown to fit, and this can also be uncomfortable, but shouldn't be painful. If you are a little tender afterward, you can take an over-the-counter pain medicine to help.

What type of crowns can you choose from?

In most cases, you will be able to choose from several types of crowns. The most common type of crown is one that is covered in a porcelain material that matches the color and shading of your other teeth. This one will make it impossible for someone to tell by looking at you that it is a crown. Then, you can also choose to go with a silver or gold colored crown, as well as one that is a combination of both.

How long does it take to get used to a new crown?

A crown will feel just like any other tooth in your mouth. However, if your natural tooth had a good size break in it, then it may feel a little weird to suddenly have a whole tooth in your mouth. You might catch yourself messing with the crown with your tongue for a day or so. However, after the initial awkwardness of the new crown, you will feel fine with having it in place. 

To learn more, contact an office like Pinon Hills Dental.