Very often fracture or decay can cause a portion of a tooth to break off, and in some cases, there’s simply not enough tooth left to place a crown.
Fortunately, at Flawless Dental Group we can replace the missing portion and save the tooth by building it up with Core Buildup Resin materials. Once the tooth is built up, we can place a crown to preserve the tooth for years to come. Some of the advantages to building up a tooth before placing a crown:
- strengthens the tooth
- provides better retention for the crown
- may reduce sensitivity by providing insulation for the sensitive inner pulp
Sometimes Core Buildup is necessary after Root Canal Treatment has been done on a tooth. Once again this procedure is required to build up the material of the tooth so that a crown can be placed.
What to expect:
Many patients have a fear of the dentist because they instantly assume “pain” when thinking about dentistry. In reality, the assumed pain is more mental than physical.
Prior to the procedure our staff will numb the general area with a topical anesthetic. This is done to slightly numb the area prior to receiving local anesthesia. Depending on the patient, the tooth, and the work to be done, the Dentist will choose one of several local anesthetics to use. The Doctor will then administer 1 or more shots to the gum around the area where the Core Buildup will be performed. Typically the patient will feel a slight pinch in the area when getting the first shot, and if more shots are required, there are seldom felt as the area becomes numb quite quickly. Once the Dentist has verified that the patient is adequately numb, they will begin the Core Buildup Procedure. At this point the patient should not feel any pain, but if for some reason they do, they should let the team know immediately and more anesthetic will be administered.
After the procedure is complete the patient will still be numb for some time – so we advise patients not to eat until the numbness wears off as they can inadvertently bite their tongue or their lip by accident. Patients may feel a slight pain in the general area where the shot was given once the anesthetics wears off. This is completely normal and will go away within a few hours. Typically, pain medication is not required, but if for any reason the patient remains in pain hours after the procedure, we advise for you to contact the office as soon as possible to speak with your Dentist.