Questions You Should Ask About Your Future Dental Crown

Posted on: 22 May 2017

Whenever you are undergoing a major dental procedure, there are many questions you should ask your dentist. However, in the moment, you may not think to ask these questions and may not realize how important they are until afterward. You will want to have questions prepared ahead of time.

Should I Choose Crowns?

You will want to ask if you are a good candidate for a crown. For your particular dental problem, there may be other solutions besides a dental crown. Based on your health condition, a crown may not be the best option. For example, if you will need to have multiple teeth replaced, a bridge may be the better option.

What Problem Will The Crown Solve?

Make sure to ask about the specific medical problem that you are suffering from that your dental crown is meant to fix. Dental crowns are able to protect and stabilizse an area that would need a very large filling, a cracked or fractured tooth, the strengthening of a tooth that has underwent a root canal or the covering of an implant. 

What Material Will Be Used

Ask about the material that will be used to make your dental crown and the justification that your dentist has for the type of crown material used. Metal crowns are sometimes used because they are very strong and durable. However, this type of crown also does not look natural and may not be preferable when the crown will be highly visible. Under these circumstances, a porcelain crown is a better option. If your dentist is concerned about the durability of the crown, a porcelain crown infused with metal might be an option.

How Many Appointments Will It Take?

Ask if it is possible to have the crown installed in one visit. Depending on the technology that is used by your dentist, it may be possible to go into the dentist and walk out with the crown. However, there are some dentists who may not fabricate the crown in-house. Inquire about the laboratory from which your dentist receives the crowns. 

How Long Will It Last?

Ask your dentist about how long the crown is expected to last. How long a crown can last is dependent on how it is made and whether you take steps to take care of it. Also, if you do not bite down hard on the crown, it is likely to last much longer.