What to Know Before Getting a Dental Crown


There comes a time when we realize that our teeth need work it and we can no longer put “it” off. That’s a stressful time. You may have questions about what kind of treatment and what the cost will be. Many people wonder “what should I know before I get a dental crown?” Well finding a dentist you can trust is essential. At AMG Dental Group, our patient’s peace of mind is at the forefront of what we do. Following are some things you need to know before getting a dental crown.




What Is A Dental Crown?

Many dental problems can be easily solved with the addition of a dental crown. A crown, or dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Dental crowns are permanent caps placed on weak or damaged teeth. They can help to repair damage on a cracked or broken tooth, help to strengthen and protect or stabilize a tooth after a procedure like a root canal. They provide long-lasting results.


How Does A Dental Crown Work?

If you have a tooth that has become significantly damaged, beyond a simple filling, a dental crown is the next step. Not only can they restore the appearance of your teeth, but they can protect your natural tooth against decay, restore the full functionality and appearance of a damaged tooth, and give you back your smile. Dental crowns are very durable and should last over 15 years once applied.


Still wondering how dental crowns work? For starters, they can be temporary fixes or permanent solutions. A temporary crown is typically used during the process of creating and installing a permanent crown. This process can take place over multiple weeks and visits to the dentist. However, 3D imaging technology has made it possible for dentists to create crowns in less than half the time.


Now, you can choose between traditional crowns and Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC crowns, which can be created and placed in just a couple hours. That’s one dentist appointment! Your dentist can further explain the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of crown, but we’ve compiled some of the highlights below.



TRADITIONAL DENTAL CROWNS

The process of making traditional dental crowns includes a number of steps. First, your dentist will prepare and take impressions of the teeth involved. Then, as mentioned above, temporary crowns or bridges will be placed on your teeth. Meanwhile, your impressions are sent to the lab, where a mold of your teeth is poured and manufactured. Once the mold is complete, it is sent back to the office, where your dentist will inspect the mold and make any necessary adjustments. Finally, you will come back into the office and your dentist will cement the crowns to your teeth.


CEREC CROWNS

In contrast, high-quality CEREC crowns typically take only two and a half hours for the entire procedure. CEREC is a relatively new technology and is standard for most crowns at AMG Dental Group. This system uses 3D photography and computer-aided design (CAD) software, which allow our dentists to design custom crowns that perfectly match your mouth and surrounding teeth.



Should I Be Worried About Getting A Dental Crown?

The process of applying a dental crown is relatively straightforward. It can usually be done in just a couple of visits. In your first appointment, we will be preparing the tooth for the application, creating an impression for the crown to be formed in, and applying a temporary crown. About two weeks later, your permanent crown should be ready, and when you come back in we’ll apply it. The process is not painful – we use a local anesthetic before the procedure and you shouldn’t experience any discomfort after the crown has been applied.



Caring For Your Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are individually designed to exactly resemble the color and shape of your own teeth, so they look great, and all they require is that you keep your dental hygiene measures up – brushing, flossing and using mouthwash two or three times a day, just how you would care for your other teeth.


Those looking for crowns in North Palm Beach, Juno Beach, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens know that they can trust AMG Dental Group to take care of their smiles. Whether you need to stop decay, repair a broken tooth or improve the appearance of your smile, properly fitted dental crowns can really make a difference to how you look and feel. So get in touch and we can work out a treatment plan that will suit you and make sure you get back your smile in no time at all.


AMG Dental Group is based in North Palm Beach, Florida. We proudly serve neighborhoods throughout the area, including Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter and Lake Park.


Dr. Guerra and his staff are here for you. Let us help you maintain a healthy smile! Call us to schedule an appointment at our North Palm Beach office: 561-844-6146.

Tips to help reduce your risk for developing a toothache

  • Brush at least twice a day, preferably after meals and snacks.
  • Floss at least once a day to prevent gum disease.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for oral examinations and a professional cleaning.

It’s never fun to deal with tooth pain no matter what the intensity level. Dr. Adrian Guerra knows how uncomfortable and irritating any tooth pain can be. For intense tooth pain, please call our office in North Palm Beach today at 561-844-6146. We’d like to talk to you and figure out a solution together.