A dentist recommends crowns for those who have teeth that are broken or damaged due to decay or effects of previous treatments like fillings. A crown can be made of ceramic, gold, porcelain, or porcelain that’s bonded on gold. It’s shaped like your natural tooth and usually appears gold or silver.
While it is already a common treatment, it poses some risks to its wearer. But usually, these problems only happen when not properly administered by the dentist or when proper maintenance is neglected by the wearer.
Expect some discomfort or sensitivity once the anesthesia wears off after your tooth is crowned. You’ll probably experience sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages. You’ll be advised by your dentist to use toothpaste that’s made for sensitive teeth and gums to help you get through this problem. However, if you’re feeling any pain or discomfort when you chew or bite, it may be because the crown is placed too high on your tooth. Contact your dentist as soon as possible.
It is often recommended that you have porcelain crowns on teeth that are easily visible. However, porcelain can chip easily. You need to follow your dentist’s advice on how to properly care for it once it is set on your tooth. If the porcelain has a small chip, the dental clinic can still repair with the use of a composite resin material. But if the damage is quite substantial, the whole crown might have to be replaced.
After your tooth is crowned, try to check if the material is an exact fit. Tell the dentist right away if it feels loose or uncomfortable. A loose crown can bring more serious problems like tooth decay, since bacteria can easily creep in your teeth. It’s also possible that the crown will just fall off if it’s not set perfectly right from the start. But it’s also possible that the cement used in your dental crown procedure will be washed out after some time. So always check your treated tooth every now and then. Get in touch with your dentist once you notice this problem. It may just need a reapplication of the cement. In extreme cases, the crown might have to be replaced.
There are rare situations where the patient develops allergies after a crown is set on his or her tooth. This is due to the mixture of metals used in the procedure. Let your dentist know any significant medical history about allergies and other conditions you may have before the treatment to help you avoid this situation.
These risks can continue into serious conditions. It is important that you go to a reputable dental expert for a treatment like this. Be sure also to follow proper oral hygiene and maintenance and any other special instructions the dentist gives you in relation to this procedure.