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Fractured Tooth: Will a dental crown help?

crowns CypressDental crowns are a fabulous tool that allow a patient to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost due to a fracture or excessive decay. If a tooth is broken, but the tooth’s roots have remained intact, your dentist can prepare your tooth for a crown that will feel natural and look great.

Options For a Fractured Tooth

Our teeth are very hard, but they are not invincible. Biting down on something hard can break a tooth that has been weakened from years of use. And a hairline fracture might not be seen or felt right away. But eventually something will happen that will make you aware that a fracture exists.

Part of your tooth might literally break off or symptoms of a tooth fracture may occur such as sensitivity to hot or cold, sweet, or spicy foods; pain; or swelling. If any of these occur, see your dentist right away.

If your tooth can be saved, a dental crown is most often the recommended path of treatment. If infection or trauma to the root of the tooth has occurred, a root canal may be required before further action is taken.

The only other option is to the have the tooth extracted. If the natural tooth is not replaced after extraction, another whole set of problems can begin. The open space makes chewing more difficult; teeth can shift creating a malocclusion; and aesthetically a missing tooth can make smiling and laughing embarrassing.

CEREC Dental Crowns

The advantages of having a tooth crowned by your CEREC dentist are numerous. CEREC simply means that your dentist can fashion a crown using technology and equipment in the dental office right on the spot. A digital rendering of the prepared tooth is used to take a block of ceramic and make the crown in a matter of minutes.

A digital dental impression can eliminate a goopy, messy one; and since your crown is ready the same day, you do not have to deal with a temporary crown or return in a couple of weeks to have your crown seated.

A crown for your fractured tooth is made and cemented in place in one dental visit. You can chew and smile with confidence as your new crown has been made to look and feel as natural as neighboring biological teeth.

Food Friends and Foes for Your Teeth

Cypress dentalMaintaining good dental health throughout your lifetime takes diligence … brushing and flossing every day coupled with visiting your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam are two very important aspects for keeping teeth and gums in great shape. What you eat and drink also play a very large role in dental health.

Food Friends 

A healthy daily diet should be comprised of vegetables, fruits, dairy, protein, and healthy grains. These food categories allow you to eat a huge variety of foods … fresh fruits and vegetables are available in most areas year round. But if you can’t get fresh during the off season, frozen foods offer a healthy, tasty, and convenient alternative.

Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese (to name a few) are ideal; just be sure to read food labels for sugar content as some brands are very high in sugar.

Protein from meat, fish, and nuts are primary sources. But consider beans and lentils, which are important to anyone on a meatless diet. Of course, vegetables and dairy also contain protein. It is important to consume protein packed foods to maintain energy and for immune support.

Healthy grains like whole wheat, brown rice, and quinoa provide a great base. And for snacking, popcorn (homemade – not microwave or prepackaged) is a great source.

The healthiest beverage you can and should drink is water. Infuse it with fruit for variety or you can add a sugar free flavoring.

Food Foes 

The occasional sugary snack should be consumed on a very limited basis. Treats like cookies, candy, cake, ice cream, doughnuts … the list is endless … should be saved for special occasions and are not intended to be eaten on a daily basis.

Beverages like soda (both regular and diet) can eat away at the protective enamel on your teeth. If you are going to drink soda, consume it with a meal; do not sip on soda throughout the day; and use a straw to allow much of the beverage to bypass teeth.

Sugar laden beverages take up a whole aisle at the grocery store; and none of these drinks can do for you what water can.

Teeth help us speak, chew, and smile with confidence. A proper diet can help you keep teeth and gums healthy. For additional tips or if it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.