In Dental Care
After you have a root canal, your dental woes are far from over. You need a crown after the procedure. A crown is, essentially, a fake tooth placed over the site of the dead tooth to protect it.
You usually go some measure of time after a root canal without a crown. If you go too long, though, things get dangerous. How? Well, to start, a root canal kills the tooth in your mouth. A dead tooth has no nutrient supply, and it can grow brittle. The brittle tooth then can crack very easily. When this happens, you are at risk for infection. When a tooth cracks, it forms a virtual thoroughfare for bacteria to travel up to your mouth and into the gums and below. This can lead to deep infections and abscessing, which again causes huge problems for you.
How is a dental crown placed? You might think putting something over a tooth would be large. You actually have the dead tooth filed down to a small size. Then, the crown fits over it. The crown looks a lot like your real teeth – gone are the days of metal crowns and fillings.
It’s important to find a dentist who will do a good job with your dental crown. If you are looking for a Bastrop dentist, you may want to look at Chad Byler, DDS. When you find a dentist, you probably want one who is both confident and somewhat close to you. You also likely want to save some money – dental crowns can be expensive Always check to be sure that your dentist is in your insurance provider network to avoid expensive surprises.
When you get a dental crown, it’s also important to avoid activities that can displace it. Your dentist will likely give you a more extensive list. To start, though, avoid chewy foods like caramels, especially right after having the crown placed. It can be painful to have a crown removed, and you don’t want the additional trauma and possible cost of having it put back in.
You may be of the mindset that you can just do without a crown. At first, you’ll think you’ve proven yourself correct. However, brittle teeth nearly always break, and it’s the breakage that can hurt you. You don’t need a crown the day of your root canal, but it is very important for you to be sure you get one before your teeth have a chance to get brittle. Placing a crown is not nearly as involved as a root canal is. It also won’t hurt you, so don’t let that deter you.
Be careful when selecting who will place your crown. You may well use the same dentist who ordered the root canal, but you may sometimes use others. Be prepared for a follow-up and only schedule crowns for when you have time – they usually require multiple visits.
Dental crowns can be a little daunting, but they are worth it. It’s good to have peace of mind surrounding your teeth. With a little work, you can have that peace, too.
Chad Byler, DDS, PA
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd. #16
Bastrop, Texas 78602
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