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4 Questions to Ask About Dental Crowns
Are you considering getting dental crowns? Before moving forward, you need to ask your dentist some questions. This will help you understand the procedure and what to expect when it is over. Then you will have the information you need to make an informed decision.
Questions to ask about dental crowns
Patients should ask four key questions before a crown procedure. People can bring these questions along with them during a trip to the dentist.
1. Why is a crown necessary?
Dentists recommend crowns when teeth have been severely damaged and require support. This procedure is also used to restore worn down teeth or to repair teeth that are discolored or misshapen.
Patients should find out the reason for the crown. During this discussion, patients can also talk about other treatment options if any are available. If the tooth is in poor shape, a crown is likely the only option. However, if the tooth is still salvageable, the dentist might recommend a less invasive method to restore it.
2. What materials are available?
Crowns are available in various materials, including ceramic, porcelain-fused to metal, gold alloys and base metal alloys. Dentists help patients choose the right material for their needs. For example, if the crown is for the front tooth, the dentist might recommend an all-ceramic crown. If it is needed or a back tooth, a porcelain-fused to metal crown might be the right choice. The dentist might also recommend gold or metal alloys for the back teeth.
3. How long will the crown last?
Crowns last an average of 10-15 years, but often last much longer. In fact, some people keep crowns for their entire lives. While it is impossible to predict exactly how long the crown will last, dentists can give patients estimates. The estimate will be based on the material and the location of the crown. Dentists also provide information to help people extend the life of the crown.
4. What does the process involve?
It is always wise to ask dentists about the crown placement process before undergoing the treatment. Crowns take two appointments to place. During the first appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth and takes impressions. The dentist fits a temporary crown during this appointment.
The temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is placed during the second appointment. Dentists make sure the crown is properly fitted and make in-office adjustments if needed. While that is a basic overview of the process, dentists can provide additional information to patients. Dentists can go through the process step by step, so patients have a full understanding of what will occur.
Talk to your dentist about dental crowns
Your dentist wants you to be involved in the treatment process. That includes asking questions related to the treatment. During your consultation, ask the dentist as many questions as you would like. However, be sure to ask why you need the crown, what materials the dentist recommends, how long the restoration will last and what the process involves. Then you will be ready to take the next step in the process.
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