The need for a dental crown can be challenging to determine on your own. Luckily, dentists are trained in helping to identify and treat the need for dental crowns – and we’re here to help.
What is a Dental Crown?
A tooth is made of two parts: the root and the crown. The root is what connects your pearly whites to your gums, and keeps your teeth in place. Your crown is the tooth itself. A Dental Crown is a cap that will sit on your tooth and protect it, or maintain its structural integrity.
When would I need a Dental Crown?
Several dental operations will require a dental crown. Some of these include large fillings, root canals, or dental implants. These are processes that may compromise the strength of your tooth naturally. The aid of a dental crown will help make sure the tooth stays the way it should, instead of crumbling or breaking apart.
- Lifestyle Damages
There are lifestyle damages or behaviors that may eventually lead to the need for dental crowns. One of these is teeth grinding in your sleep or under stress. Other things that may damage the teeth include bulimia or an acidic imbalance including acid reflux. Diet can also affect your teeth by introducing too much corrosive acid, or a lack of nutrients to your fragile and protective enamel.
Regular Dental Care Avoids Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to spot the need for a dental crown. Regular tooth cleanings will help restore and strengthen your teeth and enamel. Regular cleanings will also often be accompanied by x-rays. These dental exams will help your dentist identify the need for a dental crown before you are faced with a painful and costly dental emergency! If caught early, you can plan ahead financially and create a treatment plan with your dentist that makes sense for you.
If you do need a dental crown, no worries: the right dentist can help make sure the process goes smoothly. It’s important to check with your health insurance to see how much will be covered by your current plan, and to call your dentist for the next best steps.
The best place to start is to schedule a check-up and consultation with your dentist. Call Southridge Dental today at (509) 581-0081 and make an appointment with our friendly, helpful staff!