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There are some situations and tooth traumas that merit a dental crown.  A dental crown is a cover, of sorts, that slides down over the tooth- or what remains of a tooth. This covering provides support and structure- as well as creates a more aesthetically pleasing smile. If your dentist recommends a crown for your tooth or teeth, there are a few things that you should know.

Do you really need a crown?

Know the Process

It can help quell anxiety if you know the process of getting a crown before you actually arrive at the dentist’s office. Typically, this process involves removing parts of your natural teeth so that a crown or cap can be adhered and supported over the top. This generally requires more than one visit, and the initial visit will include taking impressions to create the mold of your new tooth, or crown. When the crown has been crafted, the patient returns to have it permanently put in place.

Get Support

Since the crown needs something to latch on to for support, your dentist may need to consider a dental implant. If your original tooth is too compromised, decayed, or damaged, a dental implant will provide that firm structure and stability that the crown needs. This is also effective for holding a dental bridge firmly intact, also.

Use Caution

But, do you really need a crown? That depends on many different factors. First, is your dentist too insistent on performing this procedure? Is the patient comfortable with having a dental crown at all? Know that there are more conservative approaches to tooth restoration that you- the patient- may want to consider before resorting to a dental crown. There are new techniques that may not warrant a dental implant- and that ensure patient comfort throughout the process.

Be Wary

Are you taking care of your teeth? Crown or no crown, basic dental care includes brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and seeing your dentist at least every six months. When you do have a cracked or damaged tooth- or you have had a crown installed- be wary about what you eat. Avoid sticky, hard foods like gummy candy, hard kernel corn, and brittle foods, like hard candy or ice. These can cause a crack along your tooth or move a crown, requiring a dentist’s intervention.

Request Referrals

Sometimes the best way to find a provider or practitioner is through word-of-mouth from family, friends, and coworkers. Ask around and find out if any of your circle have had dental crowns and what their experience was like. Ask for provider suggestions and recommendations, too.

Do you really need a crown? The best way to determine if you do- or if you do not- is through an examination and visit to your dentist. For family dental care in and around Mt Pleasant, SC, call to schedule an appointment at Old Mt Pleasant Dentistry today.