My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
If your tooth is suddenly very sensitive to cold, this could be due to many things. One problem you may be having is a cracked tooth. Once the dentist determines this is the problem, below is some more information about this so you will know what to expect when you go to your dentist.
The first thing the dentist will do is to numb the area so you will not feel pain. They first rub the area with an antiseptic and give you a few shots. One shot that can hurt is in the roof of your mouth close to where the tooth is located. They will wait approximately five minutes to ensure you are completely numb.
The next part of this process, and is what takes the longest, is filing your tooth. The dentist has to do this to make your tooth small enough so that when they place the crown over the tooth it will be the same size as your other teeth. The dentist uses a special device to file the tooth, and as they go, an assistant will blow air into your mouth to remove the tooth particles. You should know that this can give an awful taste in your mouth.
This part can be difficult for you because you have to keep your mouth open for so long. Depending on how bad the crack is, it could take 30 minutes or longer for the dentist to finish filing.
Once the dentist is finished, they will wipe your tooth off and examine it. At this point, they may need to file a little more or they may be finished.
The next step in this process is placing the temporary cap on your tooth. The assistant will place a type of molding compound on your teeth that covers all your teeth. After waiting a certain period, the assistant removes the mold and uses it to make your temporary crown.
The temporary crown is placed over your tooth and a type of cement is placed around it to secure it in place. You should understand this cement tastes awful. You have to sit in the chair and wait for the cement to dry, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The dentist comes in and checks the cap and if all looks good you are free to go.
The dentist sends the mold they made of your teeth to a dental lab, who will make a permanent crown for you. When the crown is finished, the dentist removes the temporary cement and then lifts off the temporary crown. The new crown is placed onto your tooth and a permanent cement is used to hold it permanently in place. The cap will feel strange to you but over time you will not even know it is there.
Your dentist can go over this process with you in much more detail. Contact a company like About Teeth Inc. to learn more.