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Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.

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4 Uses Of Dental Crowns

Alfred Kelley

Dental crowns can be fashioned from many different materials, such as porcelain, stainless steel, metal alloy, resin or porcelain-over-metal. Your dentist may suggest a specific type of crown depending on the location, aesthetics and cost of the crown material. For instance, a porcelain crown may be elected for a front tooth or a premolar. However, to minimize your costs, your dentist may suggest a stainless steel crown for a molar that is rarely seen as you speak or smile. In addition, a resin crown may not be prescribed for a back tooth because the grinding action of the tooth could eventually wear away the resin in the same manner that dental sealants sometimes degrade over time. Still, regardless of the material of a dental cap, crowns can have multiple uses. Here are a few:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are used to replace a missing tooth. During the installation of an implant, a metal screw, which is normally made of titanium, is inserted into the jawbone. The jawbone is allowed a few months to heal so that the screw has time to fuse with bone through a process called osseointegration. After the screw has been secured by the bone, an abutment can be placed over the screw so that it can be connected to a dental crown. The crown restores the functionality and appearance of the missing tooth.

Bridges

Bridges also replace missing teeth. A typical bridge is made from two crowns and a false tooth that lies in the center of the bridge. One crown borders the false tooth on each side. To stabilize the dental bridge, the crowns are fitted over existing natural teeth or dental implants that border the space left by the missing tooth.  

Crowns are also used for less common types of bridges such as cantilever bridges, which only include a single crown on one side of the false tooth. This type of bridge is less common because undue pressure can be placed on the single supporting tooth.

Covering a Chip or Crack

Some chips or cracks are minor, but they may still affect the appearance of your smile. After sealing a crack or chip, your dentist may place a dental crown over the tooth to improve the look of the tooth and to reinforce the tooth's structural integrity. 

Covering a Tooth after a Root Canal

If a tooth requires a root canal, the entire interior of the tooth is excised before filling material is applied. Once the pulp of the tooth has been removed and the interior of the tooth has been sterilized and filled, a dental crown is used to cover the tooth. The crown protects the tooth and restores full functionality.

Dental crowns can be used for multiple reasons. If you are having a restorative procedure in the near future, consult with a company like South Shore Prosthodontics about your crown options.


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