Dental Tips Blog

Feb
16

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

Posted in Crowns

When a dentist recommends removing the outer layer of your tooth to make room for a costly crown, he or she has a good reason for doing so.

But your tooth isn’t bothering you, so why bother with a dental cap at all? 

Before it strikes a nerve

A tooth starts to hurt when the nerve deep inside is exposed to air or bacteria. Fracture and decay are the most common causes. It can take time for the damage to reach the nerve, however.

But therein lies the key: time.

These things don’t always happen overnight.

The damage can be well underway but you won’t realize it until it’s too late to save the tooth. By the time your it hurts, that could mean that the nerve is so damaged that you’re left with two options: extraction or root canal.

A dental crown is the way your dentist saves your tooth and protects the sensitive nerve within. This will buy you several more years to hold onto your natural tooth.

Need more proof?

Most dental offices are equipped with tools to detect problems and make them easier to avoid. Your dentist can use the following technology to show you where your situation lands in terms of seriousness:

  • X-rays
  • Photographs with an intraoral camera
  • Models and diagrams

Serious dental problems can take root long before you feel any symptoms. It’s scary news, but it’s the kind you can’t ignore.

Don’t let a fracture or abscess throw off your busy schedule and interfere with your life. Stay on top of your oral health by visiting your local dentist for regular dental checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Aug
29

What Are Temporary Crowns Made Of?

Posted in Crowns

Planning to get your first dental crown? You’re probably a little anxious about what to expect. You’ve heard that you’ll need to wear a temporary for a couple weeks.

Will anyone notice?

What if it comes off?

What does it look like?

These and many other questions are rattling around in your mind!

Why You Need A Temporary

If your dentist were to just put a cap over your tooth as is, it couldn’t fit. Even if it did, your teeth would be sore and you wouldn’t be able to bite properly. Additionally, any decay and damaged parts of your tooth have to come out first to keep your tooth healthy.

This is why your dentist will trim your tooth to receive a customized crown. But doing so leaves your tooth sensitive and susceptible to fractures. Your permanent crown takes a little time to create, so your tooth will just have to wear something else, in the meantime.

Getting A Temporary Crown

Your dentist will have some dental crowns on-hand and ready to go at the time your tooth is prepped. He or she should be able to shape it a bit and maybe even adjust the color to look like your old tooth.

Your final restoration will be a much closer match in terms of look and feel. But the temporary crown will get the job done. Your dentist will use a temporary cement so that it can easily be popped off when you come back for the permanent one.

In the meantime, avoid eating chewy or crunchy foods on your temporary to keep it in place. Your dentist will let you know what else to do to keep your tooth safe!

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

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

Dec
23

Benefits of White Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Why choose the natural look over a traditional combination crown?

More and more patients are going for a full porcelain or ceramic restoration for two very important reasons.

  1. They Look Great!

Really, no one has to know that you have a crown at all. This is especially important if you want to hide a damaged front tooth.

Even the combination porcelain-and-metal crowns can pose a problem. When gums recede, the metal line of the inner layer is visible. Avoid this altogether by choosing a solid porcelain crown instead of one with a metal base. If your gums recede, you won’t have to worry about a “grey line” showing.

  1. They’re Easier to Monitor

A metal layer in your crown will block out a large area in an x-ray. Lighter materials such as porcelain or ceramic allow more x-ray energy to pass through them and generate a clearer image.

It’s possible that some crowned teeth can become reinfected with decay. Dental x-rays reveal such developments. But if you have a metal crown, you might not see a cavity until it’s too late. A more x-ray-friendly material like a ceramic gives you an idea early of what’s going on with your tooth.

Your dentist is your best source for finding out what kind of crown is right for you. Individual needs and the longevity of the crown material used will both factor into the decision. Different types of crown have different advantages.

In any case, don’t wait too long to crown a tooth that needs it! Schedule a checkup with your dentist to keep your smile strong.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbia Dental Center
915 N Main St #2
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 281-6161

Nov
25

What if My Dental Crown Feels Too Big?

Posted in Crowns

It happens on occasion that a new crown doesn’t feel like it’s fitting as it should. If you run into the problem of feeling that your crown is too big, what can you do about it?

Definitely don’t wait too long! A poorly fitting crown can lead to problems down the road.

What If You Just Tough It Out?

Maybe you notice a slight difference in your crown, but you don’t think it’s a big deal. Is it worth the effort to have it adjusted? Yes, and more than you may imagine!

Leaving a crooked dental crown unadjusted will make your bite uneven, which can lead to:

  • Muscle soreness
  • TMJ pain
  • Uneven wear on teeth
  • Sensitivity
  • Root canal therapy

Obviously, each of these complications will lead to other problems of their own. Don’t take a nice even bite for granted!

How Your Dentist Will Fix the Crown

The good news is that your dentist won’t have to completely remove the crown to make an adjustment. Instead, he or she will have you bite down on a special slip of paper. This test will show which teeth are coming together more closely than others. It will also show what surfaces on the crown need adjustment.

Next, the dentist will use a drill to carefully polish down the areas of the crown that are a little too high. The change can be subtle, but you will feel the difference!

Getting used to any new dental restoration does take time. But if your crown still feels big after a week of having it, then you should call your dentist for a follow-up appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

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