At Skylyn Dental Associates, Dr. Paul Gibas primarily uses tooth-colored porcelain crowns to restore damaged and decayed teeth. Porcelain crowns are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth, and are appropriate for restoring both front teeth and rear teeth.
While there are other types of crowns available, porcelain crowns combine a great lifespan with a natural appearance. Detailed, custom-fitted crowns from our Spartanburg office will restore your smile, your bite, and your self-confidence.
In general, dental crowns will last between 10-20 years. The lifespan of your crown primarily depends on how well you care for your new tooth. If you do not maintain good at-home oral hygiene, your crown may fail prematurely. However, it’s easy to care for your crown.
Crowns require no special care beyond brushing and flossing. With good at-home oral hygiene and routine six-month preventive visits to Skylyn Dental Associates, you can keep your crowns healthy for years to come.
We also recommend taking a few lifestyle steps like quitting smoking or the use of any other type of tobacco, minimizing alcohol intake, and eating a healthy diet that’s low in sugar and processed foods.
To begin the process, Dr. Gibas will need to examine your mouth to determine whether a dental crown is the right choice for restoring your tooth in Spartanburg.
You’ll get a temporary crown to protect your tooth, and you’ll be sent home. Then, Dr. Gibas will work with our partner dental lab to create your custom-built porcelain crown, based on the impressions and images of your mouth.
This usually is done at a separate appointment, but can sometimes be done right after your initial consultation. Dr. Gibas will clean and numb your mouth, then trim away damaged, decayed, and unnecessary enamel. Then, he will take impressions and images of your teeth.
In a few weeks, you will come back to Skylyn Dental Associates. Dr. Gibas will remove your temporary crown, clean your tooth, and then attach your permanent ceramic crown using powerful dental cement.
No. While some of your natural enamel must be removed while preparing for a crown, your mouth will be numbed to ensure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. We even offer sedation dentistry in Spartanburg to keep you feeling relaxed, safe, and comfortable during your crown preparation appointment.
After your initial crown preparation, your tooth may feel a little bit tender, sore, and sensitive. This is common, and nothing to be concerned about. Your temporary crown will protect your tooth and ensure you can continue to eat and live your normal day-to-day life.
Once your permanent crown has been placed, it may take a few days to get used to it, and you may feel a little bit of sensitivity or tenderness. However, this will go away quickly. If it persists or gets worse, we recommend contacting Skylyn Dental Associates for a followup appointment.