Did a recent trip to the dentist end in discovering that you need a crown? If so, this will leave you with many questions about getting a dental crown. Here are three common questions about dental crowns that you may have.
Why Do You Need a Crown?
There are many situations where a dental crown is needed to provide strength and stability to a tooth. A dental crown can also help reshape a tooth that’s an odd shape or just worn down. If you are having an implant installed, a crown is used on the fake tooth to make it stronger.
For instance, one of your teeth may need a root canal. The procedure will leave the tooth weak and a crown is necessary to give it additional strength and prevent the tooth from cracking, so a crown is placed on the tooth. Practicing good oral hygiene with regular flossing and brushing will help prevent decay that can lead to a weak tooth.
Are There Multiple Kinds of Crowns?
Your dentist will pick the right type of crown for your specific needs. They are key to knowing which crown is best based on the pros and cons of each material.
Stainless steel is recommended for when a temporary crown is needed for permanent teeth. The purpose is to give the tooth protection until you can receive the permanent crown. It is also common to use a stainless steel crown on a baby tooth since the tooth will eventually fall out.
Metal crowns use nickel or a gold alloy for the material and are ideal when the goal is to save your natural tooth. Metal will be quite durable as it is able to withstand the pressure caused by chewing. A metal crown is often used on molars since the color of the material is quite noticeable, which works great since those teeth are used for chewing most often.
Resin can be used when you need to save some money, but be aware that resin crowns wear down quickly. The material is also more susceptible to chipping than the other materials. However, the color of a resin crown should blend in very well with your natural teeth. This makes resin ideal for any front teeth that need a crown, even though the material may need replacement sooner rather than later.
How Do You Care for a Crown?
Caring for a crown involves some common sense that is easy to remember. For starters, avoid eating any foods that are sticky. For example, a Jolly Rancher can easily stick your teeth and put a lot of pressure on the crown when you open your mouth. This could cause the crown to become dislodged if you are not careful.
You must take more care when flossing. It’s possible for dental floss to get caught around the base of your crown and cause you to accidentally pull on it. This is another behavior that can cause the crown to become loose even though you have good intentions by flossing. Try using a side-to-side motion when you floss around a crown to avoid causing accidental damage.
Extremely hot or cold foods can cause a crown to feel sensitive. This is due to the materials used to make the crown that will conduct the food’s temperature. This is not a problem that can be fixed with toothpaste to treat your sensitive teeth because the surface of your crown is unable to absorb the ingredients used to prevent tooth sensitivity.
Still have questions about getting a dental crown? Reach out to Ashley Dental Associates, P.A. for help. We specialize in crowns and bridges and can answer any other questions you may have.