You need a dental crown when you don’t have enough teeth to support a filling, if the filled tooth has a lot more filling than tooth, if there is discoloration or damage to the tooth from decay. Since these kinds of teeth are at risks for fractures and cracks, they need a crown for structure, support and strength. The tooth is reduced to make more room for the crown. If you are going for a gold crown, then only a small amount of tooth has to be shaved off as the gold fillings can be fairly thin. Once the crown is cemented in place with soft paste, your dentist will leave it there till it adjusts to your bite. Here are a few precautions that you need to take on your end:
- Don’t bite your cheek, tongue while you are numbed out.
- Don’t chew anything for 30 minutes after the placement of the crown to ensure that the cement is properly set.
- Stay away from hot drinks and eat only soft food items while you are numb.
- Take a mild painkiller as long as it does not contraindications with your existing medication.
- If your tooth becomes sensitive, use desensitizing toothpaste.
- To reduce discomfort or swelling, rinse with salt water at least thrice a day.
Make sure that you floss around the area at least once every day and avoid eating curries as it can turn your temporary crown orange or bright yellow. If the crown comes loose, visit the dentist immediately.