Surely you may have experienced trauma or accident or major mishap that your tooth had to undergo the Root Canal Treatment. But the good thing is that through Root Canal your dentist was able to save your tooth.
Though people are afraid to undergo such treatment, this treatment is quite simple. After undergoing the Root Canal Treatment, one may or may not get crowns fixed. But if the case is of accident or trauma then getting the dental crown fixed is important.
Getting the dental crown fixed is not at all a complicated process. It can be done in two simple steps – Examination & Placement.
Once you visit your nearest dental clinic your dentist will first go through a thorough examination where they will take X-Ray of your tooth. He/she might take a few of them to understand the condition of your tooth. Severe damage will lead to Root Canal Treatment and then your tooth is prepared for placing the crown. The size and type of crown most suitable in a case will be decided after taking an impression of the tooth where the crown needs to be fixed. Now with the advancement in dentistry, the dentist no longer needs to stick to use the traditional method of taking tooth impression. The impression is now taken with the help of a digital scanner.
The impression taken will then be sent to the lab for manufacturing crowns. The process of manufacturing usually takes around 2-3 days. The crown is made of porcelain need a proper shade check that matches the color of your teeth. Till the time your permanent crown is getting made, your dentist will place a temporary crown using the temporary cement.
Once the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check the fitting and shade. If everything went well, he/she will place the crown that day itself. For placing the permanent crown, your dentist will first use the local anesthesia to numb the area and will then place the crown permanently.
When you have a temporary crown placed on your mouth, there are certain precautions that are to be taken to make sure that the crown does not fall off.
- Avoid eating sticky food. Certain food material such as chewing gum, caramel, candy cane stuck to the temporary crown and have the capacity to pull the same from its position
- If the crown is placed on the molars i.e. at the back of your teeth then make sure you are not harsh with chewing, instead, chew softly. If possible chew from the other side till the time you do not get permanent crown.
- Do not consume hard food such as raw vegetables and the fruits that require eating with a proper hard bite.
- While using the dental floss make sure you are gentle and instead of pulling it out slide it from the sideways.
Once you get the permanent crown, the care of the same is like you take care of your natural tooth. Follow the same dental routine which you use to follow such as:
- Brush twice a day. Make sure that you are not too harsh while brushing and brush for at least two minutes.
- The technique you use in brushing should be well taken care of. If you do not know the right technique, then do visit your nearby dental clinic to learn the same.
- Along with brushing make sure you floss every day and use the interdental brush for the areas where it is hard for your brush to reach.
- Also, make sure that you rinse your mouth after every meal so that no particle is stuck between your teeth which can cause decay.
- Because you have an artificial tooth in your mouth called dental crown, make sure that you are extra careful while brushing on this area. Keep the area clean and do not let the plaque to accumulate in this area.
- Change your brush after every three months or when the bristles are worn off as it will then not have the same effect as it should have had. If you are sick, then make sure you change your brush after getting well as your brush might contain some number of bacteria while you are ill, and you will for sure not want the germs to be right back in your mouth.
Along with all this, regular dental visit to your dentist will ensure the long life to your crown. Schedule your dental appointment with your dentist well in advance.