Dental Tips Blog

Jun
4

Why Is My Crowned Tooth So Sensitive?

Posted in Crowns

It’s not unusual to complain of a sensitive dental crown. Take a look at the following common explanations to see if any of them fits your situation:

Newly Crowned Teeth

A lot of teeth are a bit sensitive for some time after getting a dental crown. The tooth isn’t exactly used to having its enamel replaced with a foreign material. Give your tooth a week or two to settle down and see if it adjusts.

What Is Your Crown Made Of?

Some materials are not so great at insulating your tooth. Crowns made of metal can quickly zap your tooth when you drink hot coffee or take a bite of ice cream. With time, your tooth can adjust to this, as well.

Check The Fit

If the dental cap slips a bit while it’s setting or has too much cement under it, this will affect your bite. Your tooth will probably be sensitive as a result and the dentist will have to adjust it for an even bite.

Extent Of Damage

Teeth that lost a lot of their natural structure are simply more exposed to the environment. If your tooth had decay very close to its core, the nerves there will be much more sensitive. If this sensitivity worsens, you may end up needing a root canal.

Recession Around Your Crown

It might not even be the crown at all that’s causing you problems.

If your gum line is receding or rolling away from the crown, then the tooth’s root surface will be exposed. That’s a very sensitive part of your tooth!

See your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any new symptoms or if your sensitivity gets worse.

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

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

Jan
5

What Does a Dental Crown Feel Like?

Posted in Crowns

Your dentist mentions those dreaded words to you for the first time: dental crown.

Whether you’ve had dental before or not, you’re probably wondering what to expect from your first crown.

What It’s Like to Get a Crown

It’s your first crown…what’s the process like?

The first thing that happens is your dentist cleans away the damaged or infected tooth structure. Don’t worry…you’ll be numbed up with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing!

After the tooth is prepared, it’s time for an impression or scan to register the way your teeth naturally fit together. In most cases, a temporary crown is worn while you wait for the final one to be created.

Is Sensitivity Normal?

Yes, it’s quite normal for your tooth to temporarily feel more sensitive than normal just after getting a crown. This happens because the inner tooth layers are exposed to outside world for first time! Don’t worry – this sensation should gradually subside as your tooth adjusts to the new normal.

What Will it Look Like?

Most crowns today are made from materials like gold, porcelain, ceramic, and combinations of materials. A porcelain or ceramic crown is polished to look and feel just like a natural tooth. Some patients describe that their crown feels a little smoother than their other teeth, but most can feel any difference at all.

People have been relying on these incredible restorations for years. If you need a crown, there’s no need to worry. It will feel like a natural part of your smile in very little time! Contact your dentist for answers to all of your questions about dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Sep
18

4 Signs You Probably Need a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Most people don’t like hearing that they need to have a dental crown placed. The good thing though, is that a crown could end up saving your tooth! If you notice one of the following signs in your own tooth, then at least it won’t come as a shock if your dentist suggests a dental crown.

1 – A large fracture.

A very large chip in a tooth likely can’t be patched up with filling material. A crown will provide more structural support and protect the tooth’s delicate nerve chamber.

2 – Increasing sensitivity around a large and/or old filling.

This could be a sign that the filling has pulled away from the tooth a bit. This would lead to some sensitivity, especially if a new cavity has developed under the filling. Only a crown could sufficiently repair the damage.

3 – A large cavity.

A very large cavity that has eaten away much of the tooth is almost a giveaway that at least a crown is needed. Possibly a root canal, too!

4 – Your tooth looks like it’s getting flatter.

If you have a chronic habit of grinding your teeth, then your molars will show it. The force of grinding wears them down, putting them at risk for things like sensitivity, recession, and fracture. A crown will protect your tooth from these side effects.

Not sure where your tooth is at?

That’s okay – your dentist will be able to make the best diagnosis. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to begin treatment for your tooth. The sooner you do, the greater the chance that you may not need a crown, after all!

Posted on behalf of:
Family First Dental
419 N Yelm St
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-1000

Jun
25

How is a Dental Crown Made?

Posted in Crowns

So, you need a crown?

You’re probably here because you were told about dental crowns and you wonder how on earth a crown winds up comfortably fitting on a tooth. Having a custom crown made and placed is not as scary as it may sound. In fact, they are intended to save your tooth and improve your smile for years to come.

Preparing the Tooth

To fit the crown, a tooth naturally needs to have some of its outer layer removed. This is typically done to remove large parts of the tooth that have been damaged by fracture or decay.

Designing the Crown

After the dentist carefully drills away the unnecessary tooth material (you will be numbed for this!), an impression is taken of the prepared tooth and its neighbors. This mold is often sent off to a dental laboratory, which crafts the crown out of the material you and your dentist agreed upon.

Fitting the Crown

Your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown if you had to wait for your permanent one to arrive. At the fitting appointment, this temporary will be removed.

After checking the crown for a good fit, it will be cemented in place. Again, this will probably be a much smoother appointment with the help of some anesthesia! Your dentist will check the fit again and make sure that there is no excess cement.

That’s about it! Dental crowns are very routine restorations. They may be chosen to reinforce a tooth after a root canal or to replace large old fillings. A crown is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of! Contact your dentist for more information on how dental crowns are provided in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX
(713) 244-8929

Apr
6

Four Reasons You Need a Crown

Posted in Crowns

Has your dentist told you that you need a crown? If so, there are many reasons why your tooth may need this restoration.

What is a crown?

A crown covers an entire tooth above the gumline. Your dentist will first need to remove any decay and shape the tooth to hold a crown on top. You will typically wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is made and ready to be placed.

Four reasons why you may need a crown are:

Cracked tooth- When you have a crack in your tooth, this can cause pain when you chew. As you bite down on food, this adds pressure and causes your cracked tooth to pull apart. A crown will cover the tooth and hold it together to help relieve the pain.

Broken tooth- If you have a tooth with a large filling, that can weaken your tooth and cause it to crack or break. A crown would be needed to cover the tooth and keep it together.

Implants- Once a dental implant is placed into your jawbone, a crown is needed to place on top of the implant to function like a natural tooth.

After a Root Canal- When a tooth has a root canal procedure, the inside of a tooth is cleaned out and refilled which can make the tooth more prone to cracking. Your dentist will likely place a crown on your tooth after you have had a root canal to help prevent tooth fractures.

Do you think you need a crown?

Visit your dentist. They will be able to determine if a crown is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX
(713) 244-8929

Jul
24

Caring for Your Porcelain Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

When maintained properly, your new porcelain crown can last for several years. Just like a natural tooth, crowns require attentive home care to prevent problems that can pop up – like cavities around the edge of the restoration, staining and fractures to the material.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your crown strong:

#1 – Floss Around it Each Day

People that do not floss around their crowns are more likely to develop gum disease and gingivitis around the tooth. Even if the gums are sensitive at first, daily flossing will help keep them healthy and tight around the tooth and crown. Wrap the floss tightly around the tooth and slide it up and down below the gumlines a few times on each side of the tooth.

#2 – Brush Along the Gumlines

The edges of crowns are notorious for collecting bacterial plaque, which triggers gum inflammation and then gum disease or staining around the edges of the crown. Gently brush the gumlines to keep them clean. Don’t scrub too hard though, or the gums may actually recede, making the margin of your crown more noticeable.

#3 – Wear a Mouth Guard / Night Guard

Do you clench your teeth or grind them at night? The excessive wear of your teeth doesn’t just cause broken or chipped tooth enamel – it can also create fractures to your porcelain restoration. Wearing a night guard or bite splint will remove the stress from your restoration so that it lasts longer.

#4 See Your Dentist Regularly

If problems like enamel demineralization are beginning to start around the edge of your crown, your dentist can help you reverse them – but they need to be caught quickly!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jul
24

My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt – Why Do I Need a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You visit your dentist for a check-up and everything feels just fine. You don’t feel like you have any dental problems, nothing hurts, and you usually brush at least twice a day. But then your dentist tells you that you need to have a crown done to save your tooth. Why the sudden rush? “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” you think to yourself. Maybe the problem will go away.

Unfortunately, it won’t. And it can be very hard for your dentist to convince you that you need a certain type of treatment when nothing hurts at all. However, putting something as significant as a crown off can result in long term complications that may even risk losing your tooth.

Crowns are only used on teeth that can’t be restored with any other type of restoration. They are a last line defense that encapsulates the entire tooth above the gumline. Otherwise, the cavity, crack, or failing filling will continue to decompose to the point that the tooth splits in two, needs a root canal or must be extracted.

Waiting until the evidence is visible to you may be too late. By that point the fractured area may be too little tooth surface to structurally restore. Addressing it earlier on will prevent unnecessary complications and expenses related to the long term care of your smile.

Ask your dentist to show you on an x-ray or intra-oral photograph so that you can see the concern for yourself. Often, this is all you need to make a self diagnosis and educated decision about your treatment plan.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Feb
2

How Long do Crowns Last?

Posted in Crowns

When our teeth don’t last forever, we have to find a way to restore them so that they will. Although most dental restorations don’t last a “lifetime,” there are a few options that last several years and can return our smile to its natural function. One of those is full-coverage crowns.

Although some insurance plans cover dental crown replacement every 5 years, the majority of dental crowns last 10 years or more, especially when properly cared for. Keeping the area around your crown clean will help prevent new tooth decay from developing around or underneath the edges of the restoration. Otherwise new decay can cause the crown to fail and require complete replacement sooner than necessary.

Your bite can also affect the life expectancy of your crown. For instance, if you grind or clench your teeth excessively, your crown can be worn through (if metal) or chipped away (if porcelain.) Your dentist can assess your biting patterns to screen for signs of bruxism and make a custom bite guard if necessary.

Routine preventive care appointments are one of the most important steps in extending the life expectancy of your crown along with all of your other dental treatment. During your cleaning, exam and x-rays, your dentist will identify factors that could contribute to more significant problems later on, including the need for crown replacement.

If it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental visit or you’re beginning to suspect that something is wrong with your current crown, it’s time to schedule an exam. Any changes in your crown such as fit or feel should be addressed as early as possible.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

 

Dec
28

The Perfect Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

It’s not uncommon for most of us to need a crown at some point or another. Crowns are protective restorations that cover damaged teeth so that they can go on functioning as normal. Unlike fillings, which patch or rebuild teeth, crowns cover the entire surface and replace the function of the natural tooth underneath.

The ideal dental crown will mirror the image of the tooth on the opposite side of the mouth. A professional will replicate the size, shape, and contour of the tooth in a lab. They will use an impression that your dentist takes of your entire mouth, so that the tooth is designed to complete your smile rather than just fill in a space.

Choosing a material for your crown is also important. Do you want a full porcelain crown, one fused to a metal base, or one made of precious metal? Depending on the location of the tooth being restored, some of these are more aesthetically pleasing or functional than others. Your dentist can help you decide. If you choose a porcelain crown, your dentist will use a shade selection guide and natural lighting to help you select the color of crown that best matches the rest of your other teeth.

Temporary crowns are often used on children with developing mouths, or for adults that are waiting for their permanent crown to be made. Unfortunately, temporary crowns do not provide an exact fit or the ability to withstand long-term wear. These crowns need to be replaced with the tooth is fully erupted or within just a few weeks of the crown-prep appointment.

Don’t put your crown treatment off. This will only provide your tooth with more time to become damaged or wear away. Treat it earlier on, when it needs protection the most.

Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

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