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A crown is made to strengthen and restore your teeth and mouth.

Have you heard of dental crowns? Sometimes called a “cap,” a crown replaces the part of the tooth you see above the gumline, but underneath it is still your natural tooth root. A dental crown can be used to cap a damaged or decaying tooth, hold together parts of a cracked tooth, or even help support a replacement tooth as part of a bridge. Crowns reinforce, protect, and beautify. Dr. Maskell will help you choose the material that will work best for your needs, and will always work to help you keep your teeth functional, healthy, and esthetic.

Crowns restore strength and esthetics of natural teeth.

If you’re looking to make a dental investment that will last, crowns are a great solution. When a crown is necessary, we choose the appropriate material for the location in your mouth. Dr. Maskell has an engineering background, and understands the nuances of materials science. Some teeth benefit from a conservative cast gold onlay that can provide decades of service. Where the display of gold is unacceptable, Dr. Maskell helps you choose the most appropriate ceramic or porcelain to achieve the balance of lively esthetics and durability you require.

At home care instructions

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Kevin T Maskell DMD, Dental Arts of Tucson Phone Number 520-327-5661 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Kevin T Maskell DMD, Dental Arts of Tucson Phone Number 520-327-5661.

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