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Hopewell Family Dentistry
Dr. Patrick Carter
3454 N. Hwy. 81
Anderson, SC 29621

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges

How can we help you?

Having questions is a normal part of choosing a dentist, and we encourage your curiosity about your care and dental health in general.

We have listed some of the most common questions we hear, but if yours is not listed, just give us a call!

Our professional and helpful team is here to help you feel confident in choosing Hopewell Family Dentistry for your family's dental needs.

Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges

A cavity is created by a process termed “caries,” which is the destruction of hard tooth structure. During the caries process, the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths are fed by what we eat, and release acid that breaks down the tooth. To prevent the caries process, there are many areas of our daily routine that can be modified.  Many times, only simple changes in the areas listed below may be enough to stop the caries process and prevent cavities.

woman smiling after dental cleaningYour Diet

Simple carbohydrates are the primary food source for the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths. The bacteria then use these carbohydrates to produce acid, which is what damages our teeth. The bacteria can continue to feed for approximately 30 minutes after consuming any food or drink items containing carbohydrates.  Recommendations for diet modifications are listed below:

Problems: Soda, sweet tea, processed foods high in carbohydrates (such as bread, crackers, and chips), hard and soft candies

Solutions: Raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, meats, yogurt, cheese, water, and calorie-free drinks

Problem: Bacteria using food to produce acid for 30 minutes after consumption

Solutions: Minimize snacks between meals, eating xylitol gum immediately after meal to neutralize acid

Oral Hygiene

The American Dental Association recommends brushing for 2 minutes twice daily and flossing at least once daily. When you are finished brushing your teeth, they should feel slick and smooth to the tongue like they feel after a professional cleaning. If there is an area on the surface of any teeth that still feels “furry” then plaque is still present and should be brushed off. The tongue should also be cleaned every time the teeth are brushed.

Problem: Inadequate cleaning of teeth

Solutions: Electric toothbrush*, glide-type floss**, more frequent professional cleanings***

*Teeth are typically much cleaner after brushing for the same amount of time with an electric toothbrush compared to a manual toothbrush.

**Many people have complaints of flossing being uncomfortable, difficult, or even painful. Newer glide types of floss make flossing a much better experience than traditional floss that is prone to shredding.

***Professional cleanings are recommended at least every 6 months for the average person

Environment of Mouth

Occasionally caries are still a problem even with proper hygiene and diet. This can be caused by environmental factors including “bad” bacteria in the mouth, low flow of saliva, or low pH (high acidity) of saliva.

Problem: “Bad” bacteria

Solutions: Bacteria modification through probiotics, such as OralBiotic Blis or Evoraplus, and/or mouth rinse prescribed by your dentist

Problem: Low salivary flow caused by older age or medication

Solution: Xylitol (sugar-free) gum or hard candy to promote saliva flow

Problem: Low salivary pH (high acidity)

Solution: Fluoride toothpaste or gel trays prescribed by your dentist to promote remineralization.

At Hopewell Family Dentistry, we want to help you attain your best smile. That’s why Dr. Patrick Carter and our team offer various dentistry services, including restorations like dental crowns. 

A dental crown is like a tiny hardhat that covers a natural tooth to protect, strengthen, or improve a person’s oral health and aesthetics. 

dental crownReasons You Might Need a Dental Crown

You may need a dental crown for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Protect a weak or brittle tooth from breaking 
  • Hold together parts of a cracked or fractured tooth 
  • Protect a decayed or damaged tooth 
  • Restore a broken or severely worn down tooth 
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
  • Secure a dental bridge in place 
  • Conceal a severely discolored or misshapen tooth 
  • Top a dental implant 
  • Modify cosmetic flaws 

Though crowns often restore an adult tooth, some children may need a crown on a primary tooth to:

  • Save a tooth damaged from decay and prevent the decay from spreading 
  • Cover a tooth that can’t support a filling 
  • Protect a tooth that’s at a higher risk for tooth decay, especially if a child does not practice good daily oral hygiene 
  • Cover a tooth that hasn’t developed correctly 

We only suggest a dental crown for a child to preserve their natural primary tooth. Repairing and restoring primary teeth is important because it helps their permanent teeth grow correctly and reduces their chance of needing orthodontic care. 

Custom Dental Crowns in Anderson, SC

Do you have a broken or decayed tooth? Please call our dental office in Anderson, SC, today to schedule your appointment and learn more about your restorative dental care options. 

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