Dental Crown FAQs
Have you been told that you’re in need of a dental crown? This restoration is a great way to protect compromised teeth from further damage, but you may still have some unanswered questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about dental crowns in Conyers. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.
Are Dental Crowns Permanent?
Dental crowns aren’t technically permanent, but they are a long-term solution. On average, they can protect your tooth for anywhere between 5 and 15 years. When your dentist reshapes your tooth for a crown, that procedure is irreversible, as enamel does not grow back. Ultimately, a tooth replaced in this way will always need to be covered with a crown. That being said, crowns are able to protect the underlying tooth from additional damage, therefore helping it to survive for much longer than it would have otherwise.
Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?
It is impossible for the crown itself to develop cavities, but the tooth underneath it still can. In fact, a crowned tooth has about the same risk of decay as an uncrowned tooth. Poor oral hygiene makes it possible for bacteria and plaque to form around the gumline where the tooth meets the crown. They can then travel underneath the crown and wreak havoc on the underlying tooth. You can prevent cavities in crowned teeth the same way you’d prevent cavities in any other tooth. Brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?
Just like when you get a filling, your dentist will numb the tooth that they’ll be working on when you get a crown. After the preparation and placement of a dental crown, the tooth will likely feel sensitive for a few days. This is especially the case if you had a root canal as well. By taking recommended over-the-counter pain relievers as directed, discomfort should improve. Give your dentist a call if sensitivity worsens.
Can Dental Crowns Be Whitened?
Dental crowns cannot be whitened like your natural teeth can. This is because tooth enamel has tiny pores through which bleaching gels can enter and break apart stains, but dental crowns do not. Your crown should always remain the same color. Metal-free crowns are designed to blend in with your surrounding teeth as closely as possible.