Frequently Asked Questions
Dentistry is a subject most of our patients aren’t extremely familiar with, and this lack of knowledge often makes people feel unsure about how to best take care of their teeth. We’re more than happy to take away the mystery and answer any dental-related questions you might have. Look over the answers we’ve compiled below, and if you still have a question for us, feel free to give us a call anytime.
How can dental crowns help my smile?
Dental crowns are extremely versatile, and Dr. Sikes may recommend them in a variety of circumstances, including:
- When the damage to a tooth is severe and needs repair
- When a tooth is badly misshapen due to severe decay or injury
- When a tooth has been broken and needs additional support
- When the patient is experiencing functional chewing problems
- When the patient is seeking additional cosmetic value for a tooth
Our team will be happy to discuss these situations in more detail once you’ve come in for your first appointment and we’re fully aware of the current state of your oral health. Dr. Sikes will never proceed with any treatment until you fully understand your options and have chosen the one that best fits your unique needs.
What are the benefits of choosing ceramic restorations over traditional ones?
All-ceramic dental crowns provide the best natural color match available in the dental field today, allowing for maximum aesthetic value and a seamless look for your smile following treatment. Additionally, they allow our Mount Pleasant team to preserve more natural tooth enamel and also reduce sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Patients who suffer from metal allergies may find all-ceramic crowns a more suitable option for their dental needs.
I’m missing a tooth! What are my choices for replacement?
This really depends on your needs as a patient. Due to their valuable health and cosmetic benefits, many patients choose dental implants, which can be used to replace one tooth or several. If this is the case, Dr. Sikes can recommend a trusted specialist who can surgically place your implants before welcoming you back to our Mount Pleasant office to receive restorations.
We also offer dental bridges and partial or full dentures, which some patients prefer due to their convenience and affordability. Dr. Sikes will be happy to sit down with you and discuss each of these restorative options in more detail so that you can be sure to select the one that fits your preferences and budget.
Why do I need to be checked for oral cancer?
While cavities and gum disease may be discussed more often by dentists, the statistics surrounding oral cancer are staggering. For instance, did you know that half of the people diagnosed with oral cancer each year don’t go to live more than five years? While this disease can have destructive consequences over time, treatment is commonly very successful when its presence is caught early on. That’s why Dr. Sikes strongly recommends that adults undergo an oral cancer screening at his office at least once a year. Your safety is important to our team!
Is root canal treatment as bad as I’ve heard?
Not at all! While root canal therapy may have unfairly earned a bad reputation over the years, the truth is that it usually hurts no more than receiving a common filling does. In fact, the treatment has an impressive success rate, and many teeth that have been treated go on to last for years to come. Take a look at our restorative dentistry page to learn more, or call us today if you have any questions!