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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Crowns

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If you are considering our Hermitage dental office for your family's dental care, we want you to feel confident and informed.

Choosing a dentist is a big decision, and having questions is completely natural.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear from patients. Please feel free to read them below. If you do not see yours listed, just give us a call or email us from our Contact Us Page.

Dental Crowns

Root Canal aftercare | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryA tooth becomes very weak and brittle once the root canal is performed making it susceptible to fracture. Posterior, or back teeth, usually will require a crown to complete treatment. Be sure to contact us with any dental related questions and to schedule an appointment today!


Dental Anesthesia | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family Dentistry Most dental local anesthetics will wear off within a couple of hours. Generally, anesthesia will last one hour on the top and up to four hours on the bottom. If you must eat before your anesthesia wears off, choose something soft, avoid hot beverages and try to chew on the opposite side you had work done on!

Is my bite off? What should I do?

After a new filling or dental crown has been done, you are usually still numb from the local anesthetic when leaving the office. This can make it difficult to tell whether your bite feels normal when the dentist asks to make adjustments! Sometimes, patients notice that once the numbing wears off, their bite feels different after the filling or crown has been placed. This can be a relatively common occurrence. If this is something that you are experiencing, here's what to do:

  1. Give yourself a day or two to settle in- sometimes you are just not yet accustomed to the new material
  2. If it persists, give us a call and ask to be scheduled for an adjustment- this is an easy and quick fix!
  3. At your appointment, we will check your bite again and adjust any areas on the filling/crown that is hitting high
  4. Some fillings/crowns are perfect from the get-go, some take a small and quick adjustment, and some may take a few! 

*Never ignore if you feel like your bite may be off- this can cause the ligaments around the roots to become inflamed, causing soreness and pain if left too long*

Ways to tell if your bite may be off:

  • One side of your teeth feels higher than the other
  • You touch down on one tooth before the others
  • It is tender to chew on that tooth/side of the mouth
  • Something just feels different than it did before
  • It mainly bothers you when chewing/eating

If your new fillings or crowns feel sensitive following completion, this can be normal up to 6+ months. Many times, this is just caused by the manipulation of the drill and work done to the tooth. Start out trying a sensitivity toothpaste. Sensodyne is a well-trusted brand that our patients love! If the sensitivity becomes worse or more frequent after two weeks, you can always give us a call to get it looked at!

new filling & crown | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family Dentistry


For most people, dental terminology isn't that important until you actually need it! If you are wondering about some of the most common dental terms you hear, we can help!

dental implant | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryWhat Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are prosthetic devices designed to replace a missing tooth. They are the most convenient and lifelike way to complete your smile after tooth loss or an extraction.

Dental implants consist of three parts:

  • Dental implant post
  • Abutment
  • Crown                             

The post is the part of the dental implant that we surgically place in your bone. Your abutment will screw into the implant and provide a foundation for your dental crown. The crown is the part that looks like a tooth and the only part that others will see when you smile. We custom design these to match your natural teeth.

What Is a Root Canal?

A “root canal” actually refers to root canal therapy. It is the process of removing bacteria and infection from inside your tooth. A root canal can extend the life of your tooth by years – even decades.

Even though they sometimes get a bad reputation for hurting, it is actually the symptoms of the infection that cause pain, not the root canal therapy itself. We can relieve your pain with root canal therapy.

crowns | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryWhat Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a restoration that protects your tooth from breaking. When a tooth is damaged, it is often at a greater risk for splitting or breaking off at the gumline. A dental crown looks like a tooth and covers your tooth structure to protect it.

We can create dental crowns out of a wide variety of materials to meet your needs. Most patients prefer a porcelain crown that looks just like a natural tooth!

Contact Us

Are you in need of a crown, root canal or crown? Contact our office today to schedule your appointment. 



Crowns in Hermitage, PARepair Broken Teeth

Teeth require full coverage when they are broken, cracked, fractured or have extensive wear and decay. When teeth break/crack/fracture, the integrity of the tooth becomes compromised. Imagine trying to serve food on a broken/cracked dish! In the same way, a cracked tooth cannot endure the everyday stresses of chewing and other occlusal forces once it has been compromised like this. At this time, the tooth needs a dental crown. The crown ensures full coverage of the tooth so that it can withstand those chewing and occlusal forces.

Restore Worn Down Teeth

If a tooth has extensive wear, a crown is also warranted. Fixing this problem with a filling often ends up as a temporary fix, as the filling materials just get worn through again, just as the natural tooth did, to begin with. The materials used to make our crowns are very resistant to these forces and cannot be worn through as a filling would.

Crowns are also warranted for extensive decay. Once your dentist drills out all of the decayed tooth structure, there is often very little tooth structure left to support such a large filling. When we build up large preps (the drilled out tooth) with filling material, it is very common that these large fillings fail. You may find yourself biting down on something hard and fracturing/breaking your large filling. In this case, we always recommend crown coverage. This ensures full protection of the tooth so it can withstand occlusal forces once again without risk.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions.

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