A crown acts like a crash helmet for the tooth below a protective cover. Crowns are usually placed on a heavily filled tooth or following a root canal treatment.
A crown is made in two stages. Firstly, the tooth is prepared and an impression taken. You will usually be numb for this part. At the second visit, the crown is cemented in place.
It is normal to be aware of the newly fitted crown for up to 2 weeks, but it will gradually bed in. It is important to maintain a good level of oral hygiene around a crown by thoroughly brushing and flossing.
Crowns come in two varieties: metal or tooth coloured. Under the NHS, metal crowns are placed on molars and tooth coloured crowns are fitted on pre-molars and incisors.
Care Instructions Following a Crown Preparation
- It is important not to eat until any numbness has worn off. It is ok for you have keep hydrated with cold fluids.
- You will probably have a temporary cover on the prepared tooth. It is important not to dislodge the temporary crown with sticky foods as the temporary is cemented with weaker cement so that it can be removed easily.
- There is likely to be some discomfort after a crown preparation. Over-the-counter pain medications should be used to control the discomfort after a crown preparation.
- The prepared tooth will likely be sensitive to temperature, usually cold. This may last a few days, but should not be severe or lingering in nature.
- You should brush as usual around the temporary and carefully floss so as not to dislodge the temporary
- The bite on your temporary crown or bridge may feel different at first, but it should not feel like you are hitting "high".
- The temporary may stain in colour depending on foods you eat but your permanent crown will not do this.