Badly decayed or broken teeth often must be repaired by using a cap or a crown. We will recommend this procedure when filling the tooth to its proper shape becomes impossible. A crown may also be needed if a crack or fracture renders the tooth too weak for just a filling. A crown or “cap” replaces the part of the tooth above the gum line. Crowns fit over the tooth protecting it and restore its biting function.
If you have a crown, you should avoid sticky sweets like taffy, because it may be strong enough to pull the crown off.
- Do not bite on your new crown for at least an hour after it has been set so that the cement can harden to its full strength.
- Brush and floss the crown just like your natural teeth.
- Sensitivity to foods and liquids is a normal reaction to a new cap and may last for several weeks.
Notify our office if any of the following occurs
- The crown becomes loose or moves when you bite.
- The tooth is sensitive to pressure three days after it is cemented
- Gums become swollen around the new cap.