Dental Tips Blog

Apr
17

What Can You Eat with a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You want to protect your new dental crown and make sure it lasts you many years. But neither do you want to give up your favorite goodies. With a few precautions, you can continue eating with dental crown as you normally do.

Eating with a Temporary Cap

Temporary crowns are made of plastic and do not fit like permanent restorations. They just protect your tooth until the final crown is ready. You should avoid letting crunchy or chewy foods get near your temporary crown. It’s not the end of the world, but it is annoying if it does come off.

Foods to Avoid with a New Crown

Don’t eat or drink for about 30 minutes after getting your permanent crown. This helps the cement to set firmly. Stay away from hard or sticky foods for the first 24 hours.

Watch your sugar intake – your crowned tooth is still just as prone to getting cavities.

Be very cautious about using a crowned front tooth to bite into tough foods. Sandwiches are fine, but whole apples, corn-on-the-cob, and biting meat off BBQ ribs could put jeopardize your tooth. A crowned tooth will never be as strong as a natural one, so you do need to be careful.

What About Staining Foods?

Your new crown shouldn’t pick up too much stain. The issue though is that it can’t get any lighter in color. It’s made to match your other teeth at the time your dentist places it. If you ever want to bleach your teeth, you can’t expect the crown to lighten as well.

Still have some more questions about your new crown? Contact your dentist before the procedure to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Apr
15

Caring for Your Dental Crown: Three Tips

Posted in Crowns

Your new crown looks so pristine. It was a good piece of work, too! After waiting patiently in the dental office, the finished product is here and you want to help it last for as long as possible.

Here’s what you need to do to make sure your crown stays in great shape:

  1. Brush and Floss Daily

Yes, your new cap has completely restored all the damage done to your tooth. But that’s hardly the end of the road. The edge of your crown where it meets your tooth is a vulnerable area that can still develop a cavity.

Besides this, your dental crown can still host some bacteria that irritate gum tissue and lead to problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

That’s why it’s so important to brush twice a day and carefully floss around your crown every day, too. Take note – flossing will not cause a healthy crown to fall off! If flossing is challenging, you may find that a water flosser is a good way to clean around it instead.

  1. No Hard Crunchy Foods

Just because your tooth looks and feels stronger with its new crown doesn’t mean it is tougher than your natural teeth. A habit of chewing on ice or other hard objects can quickly wear down a porcelain crown or even fracture it.

  1. Avoid Bruxism

Do you have the habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep, also known as bruxism?

Your dentist can place an extra strong type of crown to avoid wear. It might be a good idea to invest in a night guard to protect your other teeth as well.

Talk with your dentist about other ways you can get the most out of your new restoration.

Posted on behalf of:
Lakewood Dental Trails
10252 W Adams Ave
Temple, TX 76502
(254) 434-4035

Feb
14

4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Your New Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Evidence of the earliest dental crowns dates back to around 700 B.C. in Europe. In the past century, the art of crafting caps that fit comfortably has improved considerably.

If you need a crown today, you can be sure that you’re getting a sanitary and safe restoration. Before having treatment done, however, make sure that you and your dentist are on the same page by getting answers to these questions.

  1. How Much Will My Crown Cost?

A crown can cost anywhere from several hundred to a couple thousand dollars. What you pay is determined by things like:

  • Materials used
  • Location of the office
  • How much your insurance covers
  1. Is Anything Covered By Insurance?

Your insurance benefits are determined by you or your employer. It’s good to familiarize yourself with the benefits you have available. Many insurances today will cover a single crown procedure for a tooth once every five years. Most dental crowns last far longer than that. Your dental office will help you understand your dental insurance policy.

  1. Are There Any Alternatives to a Crown?

If your tooth can support a more conservative restoration, then an onlay may be a good option. In some cases, it may be too risky to attempt a crown and the better route is to extract the tooth. Ask your dentist why he or she recommends a crown above other treatment alternatives.

  1. Which Type of Crown is Best for Me?

Crowns come in different materials such as:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain/metal combinations

Which one you should have depends on how much bite force the crowned tooth will experience and how well you want it to blend in with your smile.

Also ask your dentist about how to make your crown last.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Feb
6

When Your Dental Crown Falls Out: 5 Steps

Posted in Crowns

Happily, a loose dental crown can be an easy fix as long as you don’t panic. You have more control over the situation than you might think. If your crown is loose, here is what your family dentist will probably recommend:

  1. Check Your Tooth

Look to make sure your tooth doesn’t seem to be missing any pieces. If you find any loose pieces in your mouth or inside the crown, save those to show the dentist.

  1. Clean Out the Inside of the Crown

As long as the crown and tooth both seem to be in-tact, go ahead and rinse out the crown. If it has been loosened for some time, it likely has a bit of debris packed underneath.

  1. Numb Your Tooth

This isn’t necessary, but it’s helpful if your tooth is extremely sensitive without its warm little cap. Clove oil is a great natural numbing agent.

  1. Try to Fit the Crown Back On

Check to see if you can gently tap your crown back into place over the tooth. Don’t force it and make sure you have it facing the right way. Once your sure of how it fits, secure it with a temporary cement (available over the counter) and schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible.

  1. If It Won’t Go Back?

That’s fine. Just save the crown in a safe container or bag to bring with you to the dentist’s. He or she will get it cleaned up and re-cemented for you, assuming the tooth is healthy.

The longer you go without your crown, the more likely you are to experience sensitivity or fracture to your unprotected tooth. Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Smile Avenue Family Dentistry
9212 Fry Rd #120
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 656-1503

Jan
25

Is A CEREC Crown A Good Choice?

Posted in Crowns

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.

CEREC represents a method for providing dental crowns quickly and comfortably. Dentists who offer these crowns are able to give their patients the option of getting a “crown in a day.”

What CEREC Crowns Are Like

The CEREC system utilizes computer technology for designing and producing a complete restoration. From an onlay to a crown or even a bridge, this machine can do the job. Digital scans allow the dentist to manipulate and customize your restoration right there in the office.

Next, a machine hews the crown out of a solid block of ceramic according to the dentist’s specifications. This porcelain is color-matched to your other teeth. No worries about having a snow-white fake-looking smile! The dentist polishes and glazes the restoration and attaches it to your prepared tooth.

The best part? You don’t have to leave the office and come back later. All of this can be done within a couple of hours. Crown in a day!

Why Choose a Same Day Crown

Single-day crowns are preferable for those who just can’t afford to miss multiple days of work for crown fitting appointments. Getting your crown in one day eliminates the need for a temporary prosthesis. If you need an adjustment, you get it done right there before you leave.

One drawback is simply that these crowns are less detailed than those that are handmade in a dental lab. CEREC crowns are beautiful and strong, perfectly suited to your back chewing teeth. When it comes to details in front teeth like translucency, it’s ideal to leave that to the lab.

Is CEREC technology available where you live? Call your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Salt Run Family Dentistry
700 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 824-3540

Jan
10

Why a Dental Crown is NOT the End of the Road!

Posted in Crowns

Once a tooth is crowned, it might feel invincible. When the entire visible part of the tooth is covered up with a porcelain or metal cap, it’s easy to think it’s safe from the threat of decay.

In actuality, your tooth may be more at risk than before.

The Truth About Crowns

Even though a dental crown is one of the best things you can give your teeth, it’s no secret that it won’t last forever. No restoration can do that. All it can do is extend the life of your tooth. With time and wear, even a crown will need to be updated.

The crown appears to cover tooth, but it only does so until slightly below the gum line. If bacteria set up camp near the edge of the crown, a cavity can start at that piece of exposed root.

What makes this worse is the fact that you won’t know what’s going on. the cavity will spread unseen, hidden under the crown. Next thing you know, it’s time for a new crown, or even a root canal.

Make Your Crown Last

Who knows? Perhaps one day we will have restorations that last forever. In the meantime, you can do your part in making your crown last for 10, 15 years or more.

Dental caps will serve you well as long as you treat them right. Keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing. You still have to pay close attention to what you eat. Eating sugary and acidic foods frequently will take a toll even on teeth that are already crowned.

Schedule regular dental visits (and x-rays) to make sure that your crowns stay in great shape.

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

Jan
9

How Long Can You Wait on Getting a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You probably don’t have a new crown placed on the very day you’re told you need one. The time and investment needed for a new restoration often require that you postpone treatment until a more convenient time.

How long can you safely put it off?

Think About Why You Need a Crown

One of the first considerations is the reason for getting the crown. Some teeth can wait, some can’t.

Teeth that might be able to hang in there a while include:

  • Existing old metal crowns that you want to update with white ones
  • Teeth that need a crown for cosmetic reasons
  • A tooth slowly wearing away from a teeth-grinding habit

With issues like these, you might be able to plan treatment around next year’s tax return or summer vacation.

Other teeth, however, are a ticking time-bomb:

  • Extensive cavities
  • A failed existing crown
  • Large fractures
  • Failing, large fillings

No matter what, DO NOT attempt a self-diagnosis! A dentist who personally examines your tooth is the only one who can tell you how urgently you need a dental crown. Waiting too long simply because you feel it’s okay is inviting disaster. When in doubt, get a second opinion.

Get a Crown When You Need It

Familiarize yourself with your insurance plan. This way, you’ll have a good idea of your coverage and price range as well as the best time to schedule treatment. Take advantage of the payment plans in the dental office. Seize the nearest opportunity to get your tooth crowned. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that another will come along when you need it!

Do you need a crown or suspect that you might? Contact your dentist to schedule an examination.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

Jan
8

What Happens Before You Cap a Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

“Capping” a tooth is a little more involved than slipping a metal or porcelain cover over the top of it. Here’s what goes on behind the scenes to prepare your tooth for a dental crown:

Treatment Planning

No treatment is any good unless it’s based on accurate and current x-rays. Your dentist needs an x-ray or two of the tooth in order to see just how much damage is there.

In the planning phase, you and your dentist will talk about how the crown should fit. You’ll also consider these questions before selecting a dental cap: Do you grind your teeth? Will the crown support a bridge? Do you prefer a metal or white restoration?

The Preparation

When the planning is all done, your dentist will schedule an appointment to prep your tooth. This is when he or she trims away the damaged part of the structure. Next, a scan or mold is taken of what’s left, and use to record and design the new crown.

You’ll probably get a temporary cap to wear while you wait on the final product. When it arrives, the crown gets cemented into placed and checked for a secure and comfortable fit.

What You Should Do

A dental crown could save your smile. If you notice things in your tooth like:

  • A fracture or large chip
  • A large cavity
  • Unusual sensitivity
  • Pain

Then you should schedule a visit to your dentist. It’s never safe to conclude that you’ll only need a filling! To find out for sure whether or not your tooth needs treatment, you’ll need a dental professional’s opinion. Call your dentist to see if a crown is the answer.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Jan
7

3 Options for Flossing Around Your Crown

Posted in Crowns

Your dental crown is an important part of your smile. Not only does it protect a tooth and let you chew comfortably, but it completes your smile. You want to do all you can to make it last.

Here are a few ways you can floss to keep your crown (and surrounding teeth) clean, strong, and long-lasting.

  1. Traditional Floss or Tape

Your dental crown should touch shoulders with neighboring teeth. If it doesn’t, food is likely to get trapped in the space and cause gum irritation. Where teeth touch is called the “contact.” Regular floss is designed to work in these areas, no matter whether it’s a tooth or crown.

  1. Textured Floss

Textured floss is great for the back of a crown on the last tooth in a row. If the crown doesn’t have a neighbor, the fluffy portion of the textured floss is great for wrapping around the back.

It’s also ideal for bridges. You can slip one end of the floss under the bridge and then gently scoot the absorbent part back and forth as you sweep it under the pontic and shimmy it around the crowns to make sure you’re mopping up as much bacteria and debris as possible.

  1. Water Flosser

A powered flossing device packs a little more oomph and detail in areas a toothbrush can’t reach. It accesses places that your fingers might not be able to either.

Using a powerful yet gentle stream of water, the flosser is great for flushing plaque away from a crown that may irritate gum tissue around it.

Are you looking for the perfect crown-cleaning solution? Ask your dentist for more suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

 

Jan
6

How Does a Dental Crown Stay on a Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is a unique and important restoration because of its ability to:

  • Improve the appearance of a tooth
  • Protects the tooth’s structure and chewing capabilities
  • Postpones the need for a root canal
  • Adjusts the balance of a bite

Crowns do a lot! Your dentist may recommend that you have one made for a combination of such reasons. But how do they actually stay in place? Is it as simply as gluing a “cap” onto your tooth?

First of all, your dentist has to remove a bit of tooth material to make room for the crown. Simply seating it directly over your entire tooth would make the crown way too big to fit comfortably with the rest of your bite.

After reshaping the tooth, your dentist makes sure no damaged or infected parts are left behind.

Next, your tooth needs to be scanned or molded with an impression. With this record, your dentist or a lab can design a crown that fits comfortably with the other teeth.

You might have to wait a little while for your finished crown to be made. Your dentist will place a temporary one in the meantime. After the permanent crown arrives, it will be carefully glued onto your prepared tooth with a special cement.

Help Your Crown Stay Put

Once your crown is seated and cemented, it’s not going anywhere. Many crowns made of metal, porcelain, gold, and ceramic can last for decades. It’s up to you to keep the tooth healthy enough to support the crown for just as long! Flossing is completely safe.

Learn more about the dental crown process by visiting your local dental office for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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