I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
Whether your dentist has recommended a dental crown procedure or you're interested in one as a cosmetic option, it's always a good idea to educate yourself as much as possible before having any dental procedure done. Even though dental crowns are relatively routine, there are a few things you should know before you have one done. If you have any addition questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to your dentist!
They're Necessary With a Root Canal
One of the most common reasons to get a dental crown is to restore your tooth after having a root canal procedure done. This is because with a dental crown, an artificial "cap" is placed over a damaged part of your tooth. When a root canal procedure is done, the pulp of the tooth is removed, so a dental crown is necessary to salvage the integrity of the tooth and restore its appearance.
They're Totally Painless
When you have a dental crown placed, you shouldn't feel any pain or discomfort. The procedure itself is generally done in two separate appointments. During the first appointment, a mold of your tooth will be taken so that a custom crown/cap can be made that will fit your tooth perfectly. During the next appointment, your actual crown will be placed and checked for an ideal fit.
They Can Last For Many Years
While they aren't meant to be absolutely permanent, a dental crown can last for many years or even decades if properly cared for. The key is to make sure you avoid chewing any very crunchy or sticky foods with your dental crown, as well as following other care and maintenance instructions provided by your dentist. A dental crown can always be redone as needed.
They Cannot Be Whitened
When your dental crown is placed, your dentist will ensure that the color/shade matches the rest of your smile. If you end up having professional teeth whitening at any point in the future, however, it's important to understand that your crowns cannot be whitened. If you want them to match the new shade of whiteness found throughout the rest of your teeth, you will need to have the crowns redone.
These are just a few of the most important things to keep in mind if you're thinking about investing in dental crowns. With this information in mind, you can make the right decision for your dental health.