WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU GET A CROWN AT BRIO DENTAL IN MEXICO
Your dentist has recommended a crown, or maybe several crowns. Why? Unfortunately teeth become damaged over time due to decay (often due to sugar) or breakage (due to grinding or trauma). Sometimes teeth are malformed or crooked. Any of these situations can be remedied by placing crowns over your natural teeth. Also, the dentist will recommend a crown for teeth that have had root canals done to prevent future breakage. Any tooth that has more filling material than tooth structure should also be crowned.
Once your dentist has determined that you need a crown, he will begin to prepare the tooth to accept the crown. The dentist will remove decay and will reduce the tooth structure to accept the crown, leaving enough tooth structure above the gum line to anchor the new crown. Once the tooth has been prepped, the dentist will take an impression of that tooth and send the impressions to the dental lab. The dental lab uses that impression to fabricate a crown that will cover the prepped tooth. When the dental lab makes a crown for you, it will be made in the proper size and shape to fit in with your natural teeth. During the time that the dental lab is making your crown, the dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth. The temporary is just a covering to protect the prepped tooth from damage until the final crown can be permanently cemented in place when you return to the clinic in Mexico. When your new crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the new crown onto the prepped tooth. The dentist will shape the new crown and check to insure a good fit. The dentist will then cement the crown in place, and your’re done, leaving Brio Dental in Mexico and headed back home!
What can go wrong? Any time a nerve is affected in a tooth, you can experience sensitivity or pain. Most patients report some sensitivity for up to 6 weeks after a new crown is placed. Occasionally, you will have nerve pain immediately after the tooth has been prepped for the crown. This means that the nerve has become inflamed during the preparation process. The fact that you needed a crown in the first place indicates that the tooth was in pretty bad shape to begin with. If the nerve was still alive in the damaged tooth, there is always the possibility that the nerve will begin to die after the dentist does the crown preparation. You might experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, or a throbbing pain. If you experience this pain immediately, the doctor will recommend a root canal before the final crown is placed.