Overcoming Nervousness When Getting a Dental Crown Placed
It’s common for people to get nervous about the thought of going to the dentist. In fact, many people postpone visits until they absolutely need to go, whether it’s pain causing the visit or an embarrassing condition. What those people may not know is that many dental visits are focused on preventative care, such as teeth cleanings or having dental sealants placed. Occasionally a dental procedure may be necessary, but often these procedures help relieve pain or can prevent future pain.
A common procedure in dentistry is having a dental crown placed. If you’ve ever been told that you needed a crown, you may have wondered what exactly a dental crown was or why you needed it. Understanding your dental procedure and the positive benefits it provides is helpful for overcoming fear and nervousness.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that protects and restores the strength of the existing tooth. Dental crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth up to the gum line. Dental crowns can be made out of a variety of materials, including stainless steel, gold alloy, and porcelain. Generally, stainless steel crowns are used to cover baby teeth for children, while gold alloy is often used for adults due to its durability. Porcelain crowns provide a better aesthetic for patients, as they blend better with current teeth.
When is a Dental Crown needed?
You may have overcome your fear of going to the dentist to be told that you then needed a dental crown. There are many reasons you may have been told you needed a dental crown, but here are some of the common reasons people require them:
Large cavities or fractures in teeth
Any cavities that cover half of the tooth or more need to be covered with a crown. The reason a dental crown is required in this particular situation is that the remaining tooth isn’t strong enough to support a filling by itself. Having a dental crown placed can prevent large fractures and pain down the line.
Wear and tear on teeth
Teeth can be damaged by daily wear and tear caused by grinding teeth or by consuming acidic foods. This damage can result in enamel wearing away and leave soft, small teeth. Having a dental crown placed can restore teeth to their normal size and strength.
To cover any gaps from missing teeth
Dental crowns can be placed over dental implants to cover any gaps left from missing teeth. This process improves the look of a smile and can boost that person’s self-esteem. For more practical reasons, this process can allow people to eat more of the foods they love without worrying about pain.
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It can be scary hearing that you need a procedure when you go to the dentist. Hopefully learning about what exactly dental crowns are and why they’re beneficial will help you overcome your fear. Having a dental crown placed can prevent painful fractures in teeth, restore teeth that have lost size and strength, and can give you a beautiful smile free of gaps.
If you have more questions or feel like a dental crown could be the answer to your dental problems, give us a call today at (248) 689-5508! Remember, most dental procedures are preventative and will help reduce pain down the line. Don’t put off your next appointment and give us a call today.