A Dental Crown Can Be Created from Different Materials

When a tooth suffers from a large cavity or chipped tooth enamel, it needs to be treated. If the compromised area of tooth enamel is small, Dr. Scott Barnett might be able to repair it with a simple amalgam or composite resin filling. If the damage to the tooth is severe, our dentist might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a special dental crown.​

The specific material Dr. Scott Barnett recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth and its primary function.

Molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are called upon to do a lot of chewing. Durable materials like gold and base metals are often preferable for dental crowns on these teeth.​

To restore a tooth that appears in your smile Dr. Scott Barnett will often recommend a dental crown made from a special dental porcelain. If you have an incisor or visible premolar at the edge of your smile, Dr. Scott Barnett might recommend using a porcelain dental crown fused to a strong metal core. This special core can then provide the added strength to bite off tougher foods. The porcelain material can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding natural teeth. We also offer Procera dental crowns, that are incredibly life-like in appearance.​

If you have a tooth that needs a dental crown in Pell City, Alabama, you should call 205-473-0044 to schedule an appointment at Pell City Dental Center PC.


How to Preserve Your Oral Health When You’re Pregnant

There’s no more important time to eat right than when you’re pregnant. By eating the right things, you can help your baby grow strong and healthy teeth. Use the following tips to make sure your diet is the best it can be for you and your child.​

As always, eating a variety of foods is still important during pregnancy. By eating many different foods, you will be helping you and your baby receive many different nutrients important for growth and vitality. You should do your best to eat foods lower in sugar, such as Greek yogurt, cheeses, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. An important mineral to consume is folic acid, which decreases the risk of your child developing birth defects. Foods high in folic acid include asparagus, bananas, beans, bread, broccoli, cereals, leafy greens, peas, and rice are excellent natural sources of folic acid.​

Just like it’s important to eat the right kinds of foods, you should also forego eating the wrong kinds of foods. Highly sugary foods are dangerous to your overall dental health because they cause plaque buildup, which may chip away at your enamel and lead to decay in your teeth. Candy, cakes, sugary cereals, and sugary drinks should all be avoided. When your teeth are plaque-free, they’ll remain healthy.​

Lastly, be cautious when snacking often during your pregnancy. Snacking is known to help reduce feelings of vertigo, nausea, and motion sickness for women who are pregnant, but excess snacking can cause plaque buildup, which leads to tooth decay.​

Whenever you eat more than usual, you’ll be at a greater risk for contracting tooth decay and gum disease. This is a problem for many pregnant women. At Pell City Dental Center PC, we’re trained to help you keep your mouth healthy and strong during your pregnancy. Please contact our dental office in Pell City, Alabama, by calling us at 205-473-0044 now. Dr. Scott Barnett and our team can’t wait to meet you and your baby!