We’ve found at Kids First Dental that most people in South Carolina are more apprehensive about the thought of having a dental crown procedure than they need to be, and we believe it’s because they may not understand the benefits of having the work done.
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions we hear at Kids First Dental:
What is the purpose of a dental crown? Your dentist will use a crown whenever a tooth needs to be reinforced because it is at risk of further breakage or damage – usually resulting from some form of trauma or excessive decay.
Are there different types of crowns that can be used? Yes, in general there are four types: ceramic, porcelain, gold, and base metal alloys. Your dentist will determine the best material for your unique situation, but the decision can also be impacted by whether or not you grind your teeth or whether or not you have any allergies to certain materials.
Is a dental crown the same thing as a dental bridge? No, although both can be used at the same time in smile restoration procedures. The basic difference between the two is that a crown sits on top of your tooth and a bridge functions to bridge a gap between teeth.
Will I have to worry about having the crown replaced a lot in the future? No. The good news about dental crowns is that they can last up to 15 years or longer.
Is there a lot of aftercare I need to worry about when I get a dental crown? Immediately after the procedure some patients will experience some tenderness, but this is short-lived and can be treated with over-the-counter remedies. From the perspective of long-term care for the crown itself, it can be treated just as your normal tooth but you should limit chewing ice or other hard substances since breakage might occur.
How do I learn more? Contact our professional and caring staff at Kids First Dental to answer any other questions you have about dental crowns or other restorative procedures in South Carolina.