Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

Understanding the Dental Crown Process

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Crowns are a common dental procedure used to treat a variety of different issues. Your dentist may advise that you receive a crown if you have a weak tooth that might require a bridge, or you have a tooth that is very discolored or has been partially removed. Some people also opt to have a crown put in for cosmetic reasons. Before you make your appointment to get a crown, here are some things you will need to know.


Crowns can be made of many different materials. Some of these include ceramic and porcelain, as well as a special resin and even stainless steel. Most cosmetic crowns are made of porcelain or ceramic, since this material most closely resembles the look of a natural tooth. Make sure you talk with your dentist to determine which material you will need for your crown, since each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.


For most patients, there are two separate procedures needed to get a crown completed. The first appointment will consist of a thorough examination to make sure that your tooth can support the new crown. Next, your dentist will file the tooth down to get it ready for the crown to be added. They may need to fill in extra areas if the tooth is not large enough to support it. Your dentist will then take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth and send it off to a laboratory where they will make the permanent crown. In the meantime, they will most likely apply a temporary crown for you. During the second visit, you will have the permanent crown applied. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and fasten the new permanent crown to your tooth using a special dental adhesive material.

After Care

It may take some time to get used to the feel of having your new crown. Be sure you treat it with care for the first few days until the adhesive has completely cured. Do not brush or floss the area too much during the first few days. Avoid chewing on hard foods and ice until the third day. Then, you can care for your crown just like you would your other teeth. If you experience any pain or swelling after the crown procedure, call your dentist immediately so they can determine if there is an infection and make sure that your new crown is fitted correctly.

If you have any other questions, consider calling a local dentist, such as Hurst Family Dental, to discuss your concerns.


8 December 2015