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.
Did your dentist tell you at your last appointment that you need a dental crown? If you currently do not have any dental crowns in your mouth, you might not know exactly what this is or why you need it. Here are several things to understand about dental crowns if your dentist tells you that you need one.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a common dental product, and most crowns are made of porcelain; however, there are other types as well. A crown is something that a dentist places over an existing tooth as a way of strengthening and keeping the natural tooth.
To get a crown, a dentist must remove a portion of the existing tooth to make room for the crown. After that, the dentist must measure the tooth with digital pictures or take impressions to use to make the crown. The crown will fit over the tooth perfectly and will look like a real tooth.
Why would you need one?
Dentists recommend crowns for several reasons, but the main reason people need crowns is to fix teeth with large cavities. When a cavity forms on a tooth, it is very small at first. If left on the tooth, it can eat away at a lot of the tooth structure. This weakens a tooth and prevents a dentist from fixing the cavity with a regular filling.
Some people also need crowns for teeth that have infected roots. If a tooth gets an infection in the roots, the dentist typically performs a root canal to clear out the infection. To do this, the dentist must remove a portion of the tooth to reach inside the roots. This too leaves a tooth too weak to stand alone.
When your dentist places a crown on a tooth, it offers protection for the tooth. It also strengthens it, because the entire tooth is covered with an artificial tooth that is made from a very strong, durable material.
How will it work and feel?
Once you get a dental crown, it might feel a little different from your other tooth, but you will get used to it within just a few weeks. At that point, you might not even notice it is there. In fact, you will be able to use this tooth just like all your other teeth.
Dental crowns are great dental products that help people keep their real teeth. If you need one, you should follow through with getting one. It will help you keep your real tooth, and it will look and function like a natural tooth. To learn more, talk to a dentist today.