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Potential Problems With a Dental Crown

Image result for dental crownsFor many patients, getting a dental crown is a straightforward process. However, there are potential problems that could come up that you should be aware of.

    • Heat/Cold sensitivity: When the anesthesia wears off, there could be sensitivity in that area. Ask your Summerville dentist if a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth could alleviate that.
    • Crown is loose: If this does happen and is untreated, there might be decay to the tooth under the crown. Visit your dentist as soon as you can.
    • Crown falls off: While your dentist can offer a permanent solution, you can put it in place temporarily with an over the counter adhesive

If you have any other concerns about your new dental crown, get in touch with your dentist.

Caring for Your Temporary Dental Crown

Image result for dental crownThe keyword here is “temporary”. Since temporary dental crowns are not intended to be a permanent solution, they need some extra care. Below are some tips for caring for your temporary crown.

  • Stay away from sticky foods that can pull a temporary crown out of place.
  • Use caution with hard foods that could break the crown if you bite down on them.
  • Chew more on the opposite side of your mouth. We know it feels awkward but it helps prevent the crown from loosening.

If you have a temporary crown and it becomes loose, contact your dentist to put it back in place.

Treats and Tooth Decay

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It is that time of the year when our patients and their families treat themselves to a fair amount of sugar which means it is our yearly reminder to protect your teeth which still enjoying your sweets!

  • After eating candy, follow it with a piece of sugar free gum to remove some of the debris from your teeth if you are not able to immediately brush and floss.
  • Avoid hard or sticky candies. With hard sweets, you run the risk of breaking a tooth or a filling.
  • If you love chocolate, go for the darker kind since it has less sugar.

As much as we do not want to ‘waste’ anything, if some of the candy are not favorites, the best thing for your teeth is to throw that candy away. You are much better off with some wasted candy versus an expensive dental visit.

Acupuncture for Dental Patients?

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Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash

Some people are hesitant to try acupuncture. The thought of pins placed on the skin sounds uncomfortable to those who are unfamiliar with this technique. However, there is research supporting its use in changing the perception of pain and releasing those natural pain killers.

It is possible that acupuncture prior to dental treatment may decrease feelings of anxiety. There is more research needed to determine the extent of the benefits. However, if you feel anxious at the thought of visiting your dentist and are open to trying acupuncture, it may be worth exploring.