Reasons for Procedure
- Support teeth after a filling, dental implant, or dental bridge has been placed
- Protect the tooth after a root canal
- Treat chewing problems
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- Allergic reaction to the materials in the crown or the local anesthesia
- The need for additional procedures if the crown becomes chipped or loose
- Damage to the tooth's nerve—root canal may be needed
- Decay of the crowned tooth if bacteria gets into the tooth
- Sensitive teeth, especially when consuming something hot or cold
- Dark line on the gum where the crown is placed if a metal crown is used
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Metal, such as gold
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Blood-thinning drugs
- Anti-platelet drugs
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
During the time that you have the temporary crown, take special care of it:
- Do not eat anything that may remove the crown such as chewy or hard foods.
- Chew on the side of your mouth that does not have the crown.
- Carefully floss your teeth so that you do not pull out the crown.
- If recommended by your dentist, use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
- Take good care of your teeth. Brush twice a day and floss daily. Floss well around your new crown. Also, get regular cleanings and oral exams done.
- Avoid habits that can damage your teeth, like grinding your teeth or chewing ice.
- Be sure to follow your dentist's instructions.
Call Your Dentist
- The temporary or permanent crown becomes damaged or falls out
- You have pain or sensitivity around the new crown
- You have an allergic reaction to the material in the crown
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry http://www.aacd.com
American Dental Association http://www.ada.org
Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry http://www.caed.ca
Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/12/2014 -
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