At Dr. Fischer and Dr. Alconce’s office, you can be sure that our entire staff will be thorough in the examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, paying the utmost attention to each detail. Your overall health begins with your mouth, which is why it is so important to us that we take into account your whole body’s well-being. You can trust that Dr. Fischer and Dr. Alconcel will address every detail to provide you with just the right treatment.
Why is a Dental Crown Needed?
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.
The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:
- Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
- Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
- Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes four to six weeks).
- Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
- Applying the permanent crown (either made in our office, or when received from an outside lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
- After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.
The time frame on completion of a crown depends on the material chosen by you and Dr. Fischer or Dr. Alconcel. A gold crown is created at an offsite lab in Denver and takes approximately 3-4 weeks to be made. A porcelain crown most often can be designed and made here at our office using our E4D system and can be done within the same day. Click here to learn more about this exciting new technology!
Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.
A tooth can become infected or die for a number of reasons:
- Decay — bacteria causing tooth decay infects the pulp.
- Trauma — a traumatic injury can cause an inflammation of the pulp.
- Deep fillings — fillings that have to be placed close to the pulp chamber because of tooth decay or tooth fracture.
- Unexplained — sometimes the pulp can become inflamed and can die for no apparent reason.
- Moderate to severe lingering toothache, which may be throbbing when having hot or cold foods.
- Toothache pain so intense it wakes you up at night.
- Pain when chewing or biting.
- Swelling on your gum which when pressed may release blood or pus.
- Pain that starts in one tooth and spreads to other regions of the jaw or head e.g. an infected lower molar (back tooth) may cause you to feel pain in the ear!
Sometimes, however, there may be no symptoms. If you believe that you may need a root canal, contact our office and our Doctors will do a thorough examination to ensure that you are receiving the right treatment.