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

Nov
30

I Just Got a Crown. How Should I Care for It?

Posted in Crowns

Keeping your new dental crown clean is the best way to get the most out of it. In addition to having your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office, you also need to clean it carefully at home.

Brushing and flossing are crucial to maintaining your crown long-term. Crowns tend to trap more plaque and calculus at their margins than natural teeth. It’s completely safe and highly recommended to brush thoroughly. You can’t scratch them with soft bristles.

If sugars and bacteria are left uncleaned and leak under the crown edges, the tooth will likely end up with a cavity – which is no easy fix. The dentist either has to “patch” the tooth with a filling or replace the crown all together (which we all know is expensive).

Don’t Be Afraid of it Falling Off

That simply won’t happen. It’s been attached with permanent cement that has bonded with the tubules within your natural tooth. It’s not going anywhere!

It’s understandable that you’re nervous. After all, you saw the dentist prep your tooth for a crown, and you know that the natural tooth underneath is a little smaller than those surrounding. It would be embarrassing if anyone could ever see that.

Just know how unlikely that is to ever happen. Dental cement does not have an easy bond to break. Crowns have an extremely tight fit to keep materials from leaking underneath and causing decay.

Long Term Maintenance

Keep your crown clean. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups at least every six months. Treat your crowns like you would your natural teeth or maybe even a little bit better. It was, after all, an investment. Invest a little time for excellent homecare, and you’re likely to be pleased with your purchase for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

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
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

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

Nov
28

Dental Crowns: 5 Reasons Why You Should Get One

Posted in Crowns

Go back several decades and the only solution for a damaged tooth was pulling it. Aren’t you glad that you have other options, nowadays?

When your dentist recommends that you have a dental crown, it’s almost always for one of the following reasons.

  1. Improve a Tooth’s Appearance

Do you have a chipped, unusually small, or deeply stained front tooth? A conservative crown could be all you need to enjoy a total tooth transformation.

  1. Reinforce Tooth Structure

Teeth weakened by fracture can only hold up to biting force for so long. A crown can protect your tooth before it fractures so far that it needs extraction.

  1. Seal Out Decay

Do you have a cavity that’s too large for a filling? Your dentist can clean out the decay and replace the entire outer portion of the tooth with a crown before the damage gets any worse.

  1. Protect or Avoid a Root Canal

Once a tooth has root canal therapy (the nerve inside of the tooth is removed), it needs a cap to reinforce the rest of the tooth. But a crown could also keep your teeth from needing a root canal in the first place!

  1. Save a Tooth from Bruxism

Do you grind your teeth? This habit is called bruxism and can really do a wear down your teeth. A super-strong crown can protect your teeth from bruxing.

Save a tooth…choose a crown!

Dental crowns come in a variety of materials you can select from. Your dentist is your best resource for determining which restoration is best for your tooth. If you suspect a major problem with one of your teeth, contact your local dental office for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
The Newport Beach Dentist
1901 Westcliff Drive #6
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 646-2481

Oct
27

Should I Get a Porcelain Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Like many other people, perhaps you are somewhat self-conscious about the appearance of your front teeth when you smile. When upper front teeth are worn, stained, or chipped, they tend to be the focal point of your smile. This fact doubtless makes you shy of showing off your smile. If you’re ready to change the way you feel about your smile, then having a porcelain crown made in your dentist’s office may be the answer for you.

Porcelain Crowns: Enhancing the Beauty of Your Smile

A porcelain crown is designed to match the natural color and texture of the majority of your surrounding teeth. This ensures that your new tooth looks like it belongs there. Others shouldn’t be able to tell just from looking at you that you have a crown. Being made of porcelain, the crown won’t have any dark metal parts that can show through.

When your dentist fashions a porcelain crown for you, the old tooth is trimmed of its rough parts and slimmed down to fit the crown. In this way, the unsightly fractured edge or stained color or rough texture is now hidden by a smooth and natural-looking crown.

Porcelain Crowns: Built to Last

A porcelain crown is a step up from the quick-fix of bonding. Dental bonding quickly and noninvasively closes up gaps and smooths edges. A crown, however, will give your front teeth far more strength and durability, giving you peace of mind.

By improving the appearance of your smile with a porcelain crown, you may discover a newfound confidence that affects your social life and job opportunities. Make an appointment with your dentist today to learn more about how a porcelain crown is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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