Dental Tips Blog

Mar
31

Does it Hurt to Get Your Tooth Crowned?

Posted in Crowns

Crowns add strength, security, and beauty to a smile by protecting teeth damaged by fracture or decay. Getting a dental crown is a very common procedure, but if you’ve never had it done before, it can be scary to contemplate.

What Happens in a Crown Procedure

The dentist trims away damaged parts of the tooth and shapes it, to leave a strong and solid core. He or she then takes an impression or scan to create a mold of the prepared tooth. This step also captures the layout of the opposite teeth’s chewing surface to make sure top of crown fits naturally in the bite.

None of has to hurt at all! Getting a dental crown feels about the same as getting a filling. Local anesthetic is placed around the tooth being worked on, so it’s perfectly numb. You may feel a little pressure on your tooth as the dentist works, but no pain.

Placing the Crown

Many dentists offer same day crowns.  These crowns are made right in the office while you wait and the entire process can be completed in a singe appointment.  If your dentist does not offer same day crowns, he or she will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. Avoid chewing on your temporary and stay away from very hot or cold beverages.

Your dentist may or may not numb you up at the next appointment to remove the temporary crown. He or she will clean the tooth and tries on the permanent restoration. If it looks and feels good, it’s cemented in place.

You may experience some sensitivity as your tooth gets used to crown. This could take some weeks, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.

Contact your dentist if you have any questions about new or existing dental work.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

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

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

Oct
23

Same Day Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Traditionally, dental crowns involved two or more visits, which were often weeks apart.  Typically on the first visit, the dentist would prepare the tooth for the crown.  This involved shaping the tooth to receive the crown, as well as making an impression of the patient’s mouth.  The impression was then sent to a dental lab, where they would fabricate the crown.

During the wait for the crown to be manufactured, the patient would wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth that has been prepped.  On the second visit, the dentist installs the crown and makes adjustments as necessary to get the fit right on the tooth, as well as to make sure that the patient’s bite is correct.  Once everything is correct, the crown is permanently glued to the patient’s tooth.  In some cases, the crown would need to be remade if the fit is not correct, leading to a third visit.  Now dental practices have invested in state-of-the-art equipment that allows crowns to be made on site and available the same day!

The heart of this equipment is a CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) system.  In addition, to being able to fabricate dental crowns immediately, the system also eliminates the need for the dentist to take an impression of the patient’s mouth, which is a messy process in itself!  One day dental crowns save patients time, money and the hassle of follow up appointments, while delivering a very high quality dental crown at an affordable price!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

Google

Feb
14

Crown Placement Part 2

Posted in Crowns

Our first article talked about ways to make sure you had a pleasant experience if you were having a crown placed. This article will discuss what the dentist does when they begin the process of dental crown placement.

After the dental assistant has performed the necessary prep work, the dentist will repair any damage that may exist in the original tooth. This may involve a filling, some drilling to even the surface, or a root canal.  This repair is entirely dependent upon the amount of tooth damage you have, and what is required.  You may have a plastic dam placed in your mouth to help keep the area clean and dry, and the assistant will frequently suction your mouth and blow air on the tooth to help keep it dry.

If you become anxious or feel any pain during this time, simply tell your dentist and he or she will stop the procedure and correct whatever the problem is.  You are asked to keep your mouth open for a long period of time, but if your jaw or mouth becomes tired, just ask the dentist for a small break to rest your mouth.

After the repair work is done, the dentist or assistant will take another mold of the tooth, and place a temporary crown on your tooth.  Your new crown will be made from the impressions made in your mouth, and the dentist will place it on the tooth with a cement like substance at your follow-up appointment.

Having a crown placed may seem overwhelming, but it is a simple process that will help keep your mouth and tooth healthy.

 

Feb
14

Crown Placement Part 1

Posted in Crowns

If you are considering having a dental crown placed, you may wonder what the actual process is in having this done. These two articles will help describe the process involved in crown placement and what you can do to help prepare.

Upon arriving at your dentist office, you will be sent back to the treatment area. At this time, the assistant may take an impression of your tooth and mouth, and may take some additional x-rays.  The assistant then may apply some local numbing agent to your gum line if work will be done on the tooth.  When the dentist arrives, if it is needed, anesthetic agents will be given to help deaden your mouth and tooth area.  If the thought of local anesthetics concern you, talk to your dentist about the use of some conscious sedation or relaxing medications to help you through this step.

There are other things you can do to help relax, if you are concerned or anxious about the process.  Some people enjoy listening to music on headphones or an MP3 player.  Some dental offices have televisions above the dental chair you can watch.  You can also try visualization to help take your mind ‘away’ from the event.  However, if these tricks do not work, and you are anxious, please do talk to your dentist.  They are there to help you prepare and have a comfortable experience with your crown placement.

After the initial work by the assistant, the dentist will come in.  Our next article will discuss what the dentist will do, and what to expect at that point during your visit.

Aug
29

Dental Crown Procedure

Posted in Crowns

The process of placing a dental crown usually takes two visits to the dentist scheduled about two to three weeks apart.  Crowns are usually fabricated in a dental lab rather than in your dentist’s office.  During the first appointment, the tooth will be prepared for the crown and an impression taken which is sent to the dental lab for use in fabricating your new crown.  During the second visit, the crown will be placed on the tooth.

At your first appointment, after numbing your tooth your dentist will remove any tooth decay and shape the tooth to allow placement of the crown.  Some of the natural tooth needs to be removed from the sides and top of the tooth to allow the crown to be placed.  Also, the tooth is usually shaped so that the sides are slightly tapered which helps ensure that the crown will fit tightly and stay in place.

After it has been shaped, an impression of the tooth will be made.  The dental lab will use this impression to ensure that your crown will fit properly.  Your dentist will then glue a temporary crown in place to protect the tooth while your crown is being made.

Once the crown is back from the lab, you will return to your dentist’s office to have the crown placed.  The temporary crown will be removed and the new crown will be glued into place.  In most cases, no anesthetic is necessary to glue the crown in place.

Some dentist’s offices have the equipment necessary to fabricate a ceramic crown on site.  If your dentist is one of these and you have chosen a ceramic crown, you may be able to complete the entire procedure in a single visit.  These high tech machines can custom make a ceramic crown in as little as 15 to 30 minutes.  You will go home the same day with your new crown in place.

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