A crown is a precision crafted permanent covering for a tooth. We offer many options for crowns including Porcelain, porcelain fused to metal and gold crowns. We are available to answer any questions you may have about how a crown can restore the health of a tooth.
Crowns solve issues related to: cracked teeth, large fillings that may have broken down, large cavities as well as offer protection for a tooth after it has had root canal treatment. A crown will look and feel just like your other teeth. Custom colour matching and precise adjustments are recorded so your new crown is a perfect fit! We only use the highest quality labs right here in New Zealand.
How Is The Treatment For Crowns Done?
A local anaesthetic prevents discomfort, the tooth is shaped to reduce its size and a moulding is taken. A temporary crown covers the tooth while a permanent crown is made. Your dentist will check the fit and appearance before cementing the crown in place. We have a laboratory on site to ensure perfect colour matching and quality.
- Crowns usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed on your tooth/teeth.
- You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness, and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth; it should subside after the placement of the permanent crown(s).
- Whenever anesthesia is used, avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has worn off.
- A temporary crown is usually made of plastic-based material or soft metal. It can break if too much pressure is placed on it. The crown may also come off; if it does, save the crown and call us
- The temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth and prevent other teeth from moving. If it comes off it should be replaced as soon as possible. To avoid losing your temporary, do not chew on sticky or hard food (chewing gum, ice). Try to chew on the opposite side of the temporary as much as possible.
- Continue your normal brushing but be careful while flossing around the temporaries (remove the floss gently from the side). If it is difficult to get the floss between the temporary and surrounding teeth, refrain from flossing until you receive your permanent crown.
- After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. Also, the bite may feel different for a day or two. But if after 2-3 days the bite still feels uneven or if you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth, call our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
- Call our clinic if you are in pain or if you have any questions.
Post Operative Instructions After Tooth Preparation for Crown
- If you have anaesthetic, numbness of your lip, tongue or palate may persist for several hours. Do not chew gum, eat, drink hot liquids or smoke until the anaesthetic has worn off to prevent injury from accidentally biting or burning oneself.
- Soreness may occur at the tooth, the surrounding gum, the injection sites or the jaw joint.
- If these occur, apply moist heat to the affected area and take anti inflammatory, such as ibuprofen or similar pain relief (if medically able to do so).
- A temporary restoration made out of acrylic has been placed on your tooth.
- Avoid sticky or crunchy foods to avoid loosening or fracturing this restoration.
- If the bite feels "high" on the temporary restoration, please call us to have it adjusted. Failure to do so can result in a toothache or fracture of the temporary.
- Brush your temporary restoration daily. When flossing, slide the floss out from between the teeth instead of lifting it back out to avoid loosening the temporary.
- If your temporary restoration loosens, call us to have it recemented. If you're unable to come in, a thin layer of denture adhesive powder applied inside the crown will hold it in place temporarily.
- We will give you a call when the crown is back from the lab and you can make an appointment as per your convenience.
- When the final restoration has been placed, brush and floss accordingly. Do not chew on ice cubes or other hard objects or continue deleterious habits, such as biting on popsicle sticks, pens, etc. Use a sensitive toothpaste with fluoride if thermal sensitivity occurs.
- Also, if the bite feels unusual please call us to have it checked.
- On occasion, damage to the pulp of the tooth may occur following any restorative procedure due to a variety of reasons. If this occurs, further treatment such as root canal therapy may be necessary.
- Regular dental examinations are important to maintain the function and appearance of one's crowns, bridges, etc.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at our clinic.
Post Operative Instructions After Crowns Has Been Cemented
- Cementing a crown may or may not require anaesthetic. If you have had anaesthetic for crown cementation, please do not eat until the numbness has worn off. If however no anaesthetic has been used, you can start eating after an hour.
- However, flossing and brushing should not be done for 2-3 hours.
- You may experience some sensitivity to cold which may settle down in few days. Usually, using a sensitive tooth paste may help it settle down. If however, the sensitivity gets worse over a period of time, please get in touch with us.
Post Op Care for PFM Crowns