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When a tooth is cracked or has lost a majority of its internal structure due to decay, a root canal or trauma, a crown (cap), is often required. Additionally, crowns can be used to correct or alter the contour, shade, and alignment of teeth. The majority of crowns are now porcelain (metal-free).
Since each crown is completely customized to the patient, a temporary crown is issued until the permanent crown is created. Your temporary crown is cemented with a light cement that is designed to come off easily. If it comes off at any time prior to your return appointment for the porcelain crown, please call us so that it may be properly re-cemented. In a pinch, you may be able to reset your temporary crown with some toothpaste as a temporary measure.
After a preparation appointment, it is normal to experience some jaw tenderness or achiness, as well as tenderness or soreness in the treatment area. You may take over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Motrin/Advil, as directed on the bottles. Your temporary crown may come off more easily if you are chewing gum or sticky foods, so try to avoid these types of foods/products on the affected side. If you experience severe pain, please call us right away so that we may evaluate your symptoms and provide any necessary care.
When ready, the permanent crown will have adhered with strong cement. The color and fit are adjusted to each individual patient before cementing. Once the procedure is finished, you can eat and drink normally after the first 24 hours. We ask that you avoid chewy/sticky/crunchy foods (i.e. Starbursts, caramels, chewing gum, hard nuts/pretzels) for the first 24 hours after a new crown is cemented to allow the cement to fully cure. You may brush and floss your teeth normally with the new crown right away. You may notice an increase in sensitivity at first. This is normal and usually resolves within a week or so. Your gum tissue may also be a little more tender or sore for a few days. With proper brushing and flossing, this typically resolves within a few days as well. Some patients notice that the new crown feels a little different to their tongue or cheeks initially. This, too, usually subsides within a few days as your mouth becomes acclimated to the new crown. It is possible to develop decay in a tooth that has a crown, so please be sure to brush and floss well around all your teeth to keep them clean and ensure a long life on your dental work.
Do not wait any longer to repair your ailing tooth. Give Dr. Kleckner a call to schedule your gentle, compassionate dental care.