Getting a Replacement Crown
November 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

If you need to repair a heavily damaged tooth or protect it after a root canal, you can get dental crowns in Swartz Creek, MI. Visit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry where Dr. Gerald Ryan can comfortably place a dental crown on your teeth.

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a porcelain cap that fits over a tooth to create a strong foundation for an artificial tooth. A tooth doesn't normally need a dental crown until after the tooth has been damaged significantly or received root canal treatment.

How Do I Replace An Old Crown?

Dr. Ryan may recommend replacing an old dental crown for several reasons, including if it is porous or cracked or if you want to improve your smile's appearance. Our staff can comfortably remove it and give you a new one.

When it is time to replace an old crown, the dentist will numb your mouth and remove the crown along with any possible decay and old filling material. Then we will make a precise impression of your tooth and send it to the lab for a perfect fit.

Our staff may have to place a temporary crown on your tooth while we wait for the permanent replacement one to be made in the lab.

When you return for your follow-up visit for dental crowns in Swartz Creek, MI, we will carefully fit the new crown over your tooth.

How Do I Care For My Crown?

After replacing your crown, our staff will review proper at-home care and what to avoid to protect your tooth and crown. You can eat regular foods immediately, but you may need to chew on the opposite side for a few days.

There is little change in your regular brushing and flossing routine after getting a dental crown. Please continue to practice good dental hygiene for crowns.

Avoid cracking your crown in the future by not biting down on extra hard foods like ice and hard candy. Don't use your natural or restored teeth as tools ( i.e, opening bottles with teeth). If you grind your teeth at night, we suggest that you sleep with a nightguard to protect your teeth and crown replacements. This will also help prolong the life of your crown.

Dental crowns are available in Swartz Creek, MI, to protect damaged teeth. Visit Dr. Ryan at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a new or replacement crown. Call us at (810) 635-8446 for an appointment.