What is a crown?

What is a crown? Unfortunately, I am not talking about the one you set on your head. A dental crown is a cover or commonly known as a “cap” that is put on a tooth. A crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. The main purpose of a crown is to make it stronger and improve the look of the tooth.

There are many different reasons that a patient may need a crown. Sometimes, a patient has a cavity that is too large for a filling. For a cavity to be filled, there must be enough healthy tooth for the bonding agent, or resin, to stick to. Another reason why someone may need a crown is because they have a bridge that needs an anchor. A patient could possibly have a missing tooth and need a dental implant. A crown is put over the implant to keep the bone safe and healthy. Through life, our teeth can become worn down or weakened, a crown is made of a hard material that protects the weakened tooth so that we can chew and go throughout our daily eating and drinking without any pain. Having a root canal treatment could also be another reason a patient needs a crown. A root canal restores the tooth and then the crown is placed over that to protect the restoration.

The list above are just a few reasons a patient may need a crown. At Dental Studio North, we offer Cerec crowns, which are made during your appointment so you walk out with your crown! This way, a second appointment is not needed nor any lab correl

 

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Although your children’s teeth will be falling out at a young age, they play an important role in your children’s development. These teeth help with chewing food, biting food, as well as speech development. The dental needs for children are the same as adults, only modified for growth.

Two major changes that one could see in their child’s mouth are wiggly teeth and cavities. Wiggly teeth are a natural way for adult teeth to push their way to the surface of the gums. Children usually begin to have loose teeth and teeth that fall out at the age of 6. It is a natural process and is best to allow the teeth to fall out on their own, unless issues arise.

Cavities can develop when sugar is eaten and left in the mouth and on teeth for an extended period of time. Bacteria that is in the food and naturally in your mouth eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing the cavity. Saliva is the natural way to free the mouth of the acid that eats away at enamel, but at a young age, children eat more frequently than adults. Because of this, if proper dental hygiene is not upheld, enamel decay will occur.

The best way to withhold proper dental hygiene is to start at an early age. Scheduling your child with the dentist at an early age, allows for teeth routine to be put into place for the rest of their life. Begin using toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth when they are around 2 years old. Young children tend to swallow toothpaste so avoid using fluoride toothpaste until they learn not to swallow the toothpaste. When they can prevent themselves from doing so, introduce a fluoride toothpaste to help protect the teeth from enamel decay. Once a child has two touching teeth, this is the time to start flossing.

The dental health of children is very important because it sets up their dental hygiene for the rest of their life. If your child is ever in any pain or a parent has any concerns, contact your pediatric or family dentist to set up an appointment.

 

Sugar in your diet affects your teeth

The sugar content in the food you eat has a big effect on your teeth and gums.

When bacteria (plaque) come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay.

This is why drinking sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks can take a toll on teeth.

This is particularly true for children as their eating patterns and food choices affect how quickly they develop tooth decay.

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. However, almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar. Many of them also contain important nutrients that are an important part in our diet.

To help control the amount of sugar you consume, read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries often contain added sugars.

 

Will you spare the two minutes?

If you could add just two extra minutes and an extra twenty-five dollars to your dental appointment, would you? What if those two extra minutes and extra cash could save your life? Dental Studio North is now offering oral cancer screenings to any and all patients. Oral ID is an optical light that allows our doctors to shine a blue light that can identify oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage. This means that our doctors can see potential oral issues before the human eye can detect them, allowing for an earlier detection; which dramatically raises one’s survival rate. Because Oral ID works via optical light, the check is quick and painless for the patient, having no extra work for them. As an office, we believe that oral cancer is a very serious raising issue in our world. The number of oral cancers has increased over a 7-year period, where all other cancers have declined. Offering this to our patients will allow for a healthier life, but also give them peace of mind.