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Why Do I Need a Crown Instead of a Filling?

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You've received the dreaded news that you need a dental crown to repair your tooth. Last time your recommended treatment was a filling, so you're not quite sure why you need a crown this time? Your dentist in Ocean City, MD explains why a crown was recommended and how it can benefit you.

What is a Dental Crown?

Designed to restore your entire tooth structure, a crown is typically recommended in these situations:

  • Your tooth has decay that is much bigger than a filling can safely restore
  • Your tooth has a large old filling that is breaking down or has fallen out
  • Your tooth was treated with root canal therapy and needs to be strengthened
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Wearing Crowns? Avoid This Sticky Troublemaker!

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If you have a dental crown restoration on one or more of your teeth, it's a good idea to avoid certain foods. This will help to ensure the longevity of your crown and help you avoid situations where you are living without your tooth because it fell out. Here is the breakdown of which foods to avoid.

A Sticky Situation

Foods that are sticky or gummy can actually pull off your crown. In fact, Tootsie Rolls may even be the worst culprit. Sticky foods adhere to your restoration and can actually break the seal holding them in place, which can loosen or pull off your crown. Watch out for these sticky foods:

  • Gummy ...

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3 Ways Bridges Improve Oral Health

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While we use dental crowns in our Ocean City, MD dental office for situations where there is a broken tooth, a similar procedure can actually replace a missing tooth in the wake of extraction or the event of tooth loss due to trauma.

Bridges improve oral health in three ways:

Restores Chewing Function

Chewing with even one or two missing teeth can feel awkward. It may even cause painful jaw problems and dysfunction because teeth no longer come together in optimum function. Missing teeth allow the opposing teeth to erupt too far in a condition called supereruption, which exposes roots and leads to gum disease or sensitivity.

By replacing your missing tooth with a custom ...

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When a Cracked Tooth Doesn't Hurt

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Sometimes when we explain to one of our patients that they need a dental crown, they are shocked because they have not experienced tooth pain.

The truth is that dental conditions often do not cause pain until the condition is well advanced. This is because your tooth’s nerve is protected deep inside your tooth structure. Enamel and dentin house the nerve and blood supply of your tooth, and unless decay or damage has reached those internal tooth structures, you may not know that anything has changed.

Why We Recommend Dental Crowns

We often recommend dental crowns after a root canal, deep decay, or fracture to your tooth structure. The goal of a dental ...

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