At a young age, children hear all about the dangers of cavities and infection, but they may not fully grasp what can happen. Poor dental hygiene will slowly aid the deterioration of the teeth enamel and lead to weaker smaller teeth. This can cause a multitude of other oral health issues and immense pain as well. There is a protective helmet that damaged teeth can wear: the dental crown.
A dental crown can do much more than look good
Contrary to the belief that tooth decay is only a disease that children can get, parents are just as susceptible to it. The longer a patient goes without a dental checkup and proper dental hygiene, the greater risk of tooth decay on multiple teeth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, finds that from 2011 to 2012, around 27 percent of adults between 20 and 44 years of age had untreated dental caries (tooth decay).
While dentists prefer to save as much of the tooth as possible and not remove it, if the tooth is beyond saving, the dentist will have to remove it. In this situation, a crown can be the best option to restore functionality and appearance.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, AAID, defines a dental crown as “A replacement tooth, custom made to match your natural teeth.” For an individual who has an implant, a dental crown will be the piece that goes on top of the implant. The dental implant itself is “A cylindrical and/or tapered post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the tooth root,” the AID adds.
The crown is attached to the top of the post and will help to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. A crown will not only give the patient a full smile again but will also grant full functionality of the patient’s teeth. With a crown, patients will be able to eat what he or she desires and not worry about damaging the implant.
Taking care of a dental crown
While some patients may be cautious about going through with a dental crown or implant, due to cost, they need to realize the benefits of the procedure. Mouthhealthy.org explains that “A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling.”
The cost of a dental crown and implant will vary depending on a few factors, including:
- The condition of the patient’s teeth, jaw and oral health
- The amount of dental implants or other dental work in the mouth
- Location of the infected tooth or implant
- The work that is necessary
Regardless of the cost, patients need to know that a dental implant and crown can last much longer than people might assume. In fact, a dental crown does not require much more care than proper dental hygiene. As with the other teeth in the mouth, patients merely need to brush the crown twice a day, floss once a day and use mouthwash.
By keeping the crown and implant clean, the patient will help ensure dental health and that the patient will not need further implant work in the future. With a dental implant, a dentist can keep an eye on it at a dental cleaning every six months.
If the patient is experiencing pain in that area or the dentist sees that something is wrong, the patient may have to go through implant procedures. However, that does not usually happen. If you or a loved one is looking to repair a damaged tooth or replace a missing one, do not hesitate to call about dental crowns today.
Adrienne Pinter DDS
At Adrienne Pinter DDS in Granada Hills, CA, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff creates a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us.
We will answer any questions and make sure you get all of the necessary information. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health. At Adrienne Pinter, your experience with us and your dental health are our prime concern.
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