Dental Tips Blog

Mar
30

What Is It Like to Have a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are a common restoration for teeth that are too decayed or fractured to be held together by a dental filling alone. Are you nervous about getting a dental crown? You might be surprised at how simple the process is.

Planning and Placement

After getting numbed up with a little local anesthetic, your dentist will trim your tooth down to remove the damaged outer layer. An impression is then taken to determine how the crown should be sized, shaped, and positioned to comfortably fit the rest of your bite.

After this, you’ll have a temporary crown cemented onto your prepared tooth. This cap will protect your tooth while you wait for the final one to be made.

A Crown in Your Smile

Your crown will look and feel like a natural tooth. Most patients choose to have crowns made from porcelain, which is strong and resembles the color and texture of natural teeth. If your crown will show in your smile, no one would ever be able to guess!

You might experience some sensitivity for a few months. This is very typical and should go away as your tooth gets used to its new covering.

Caring For Your Crown

Treat your crown just like the rest of your teeth:

  • Brush two or more times a day
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent plaque buildup along the gums
  • Don’t use your crown or teeth as tools for opening packages, etc.

Getting a dental crown isn’t the scary procedure you once thought it is! Talk with your dentist for more information on how a dental crown can make a difference in your smile.

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

Apr
29

Metal Free Porcelain Crowns – How They Impact Your Smile

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Porcelain crowns used to be made with a metal base. The porcelain was fused over a metal crown, covering it to create the illusion that the crown itself was the color of a real tooth. This created a few different problems. One was that there was still a visible metal “line” around the edge of the crown that could be seen after it was put on the tooth. Another was if the crown was worn or chipped, the dark metal would show through. Thankfully, porcelain materials are now more durable than ever, leaving patients with better options when it comes to improving their oral health.

Metal free porcelain crowns are made completely of durable, high-grade porcelain or resin materials. This allows the restoration to be placed anywhere in your mouth, especially the front teeth. Margins of the crown blend in with the underlying tooth because of the customized shade matching process. Not only does this eliminate the metal line that is visible near the gumlines, it also minimizes the margin of the porcelain against the tooth itself, making the crown easier to keep clean.

In the past, porcelain wasn’t recommended on back teeth because it wasn’t regarded as durable. With the changes we have made in these materials, high-grade porcelain crowns are appropriate for use anywhere in the mouth. That way when you smile or talk in public, no one will realize that you’ve had dental work. Even if the crown were to have some wear over time, you would never have to worry about an underlying metal layer being exposed.

The next time your dentist tells you that you need a crown, ask about a porcelain alternative!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521

Apr
8

Porcelain Crowns Build Strong Smiles and Improve Aesthetics

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Dental crowns are an excellent way to save your tooth’s function while also enhancing its appearance. The durability and aesthetics of porcelain materials allow crowns to be used throughout the mouth for long-term restorative purposes that preserve the integrity and function of the tooth.

Metal Free Margins

Have you ever seen someone with a tooth-colored crown that had a grey line along the crown near the gums? This metal base can be a significant aesthetic concern. Full porcelain crowns are completely metal free, with no risk of a dark metal line around the edge of the restoration. 

A Tooth That Looks Natural

The color of the porcelain crown is carefully matched to resemble the color of the nearby teeth. With so many shades of porcelain available, custom color matching will prevent the crown from standing out from the rest of your teeth. 

Compliment Your Smile

If you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, porcelain crowns can enhance its appearance. Combining your crown treatments with other types of cosmetic dental procedures can give you an overall smile change that impacts your entire mouth at once. Matching restorations like bonding, white fillings or veneers can be completed at the same time as your crown for the best results. Just remember, if you want to whiten your smile, do that first!

Do you need a crown? Teeth that have been treated with a root canal, have significant fractures or need large fillings replaced typically require a full coverage crown. Ask your dentist about whether or not a full porcelain crown is the right option for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Apr
7

What Kind of Crown do I Need?

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Having a tooth crowned is essential to preserving your smile and retaining a tooth that has been badly damaged. The full-coverage restoration encapsulates the remaining portions of the tooth that extend upward from the gumlines, protecting it from external forces and bacteria. While deciding to have the crown placed may feel like a big decision, the type of crown you choose should also be considered.

Gold Crowns

Gold has been used in dentistry for hundreds of years. It’s durable yet flexible alloy makes it function well in areas where there are greater chewing forces at play. If an upper back tooth needs to be crowned, gold is sometimes an option, as it does not cause any aesthetic concerns in those types of areas. 

Porcelain

Porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns are ideal for teeth that are visible when you smile. The materials can be closely matched to the color of your other teeth, allowing the restoration to mirror the appearance of natural enamel. Durable, modern materials allow porcelain to withstand the normal wear and tear expected of such a restoration.

Stainless Steel Crowns

These metal crowns are meant only for temporary purposes, as they are not custom-shaped to the gumline of the tooth, nor do they withstand to extended use. They are frequently used for children, who do not yet have fully developed permanent teeth. 

Inlays or Onlays

Sometimes called “three-quarter crowns,” inlays and onlays restore a large portion of the tooth without having to cover the entire surface. They help preserve what enamel is left, minimizing the treatment process. Inlays and onlays can be porcelain or gold.

You probably never knew that you had so many different options when it came to crowning your tooth. To find out more, ask your dentist which types of crowns their practice offers.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

Dec
31

Porcelain Crowns vs. Veneers

Posted in Veneers

You’ve put your smile off long enough. It’s time to have healthy teeth that you can be proud of! Most likely, you’ve heard about a lot of different restorative and cosmetic options, but you aren’t quite sure which ones are right for your individual needs. When it comes to the health of your teeth, their appearance, and even your budget, there are several things to keep in mind. One of those is what are you trying to achieve with your dental care? Dental crowns and veneers offer many different benefits to your overall oral health. Here are a few things that set them apart from one another:

Full Coverage Crowns

Dental crowns are full-coverage restorations that protect your teeth and prevent them from wearing away from everyday use. They’re typically used on teeth that have had large cavities, fractures, or have been treated with a root canal. A full coverage crown is ideal when the natural tooth is compromised and at risk of breaking apart from normal wear. Your tooth is prepped, any damaged portions are removed, and the crown is permanently bonded over it so that it covers all surfaces above the gumlines. They can be made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or precious metal. 

Dental Veneer Aesthetics

If there is nothing wrong with your tooth other than its appearance, then porcelain veneers are a simple way to correct aesthetic concerns. The material used for veneers is similar to the porcelain used in crowns, except it covers only the front of the tooth. This minimizes the amount of tooth-prep needed and shortens the treatment process. Veneers are usually performed several at a time, for a dramatic impact when it comes to the look of your smile.

Still not sure which option is best for you? Talk to your dentist and schedule a quick assessment of your smile’s health.

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

Oct
13

Porcelain Crowns Renew Smiles

Posted in Crowns

When you look in the mirror to smile, what do you see? Are you happy with how your smile looks, or do broken, discolored teeth keep you from wanting to smile at all? Thankfully, full porcelain crowns are a wonderful way to not only help your smile look better, but make it stronger as well. 

Porcelain crowns are perfect for teeth that are:

  • Broken, chipped, or worn down
  • Severely decayed
  • Discolored from trauma or large, old fillings
  • Treated with a root canal 

Every porcelain crown is carefully designed to look and feel like a real tooth. Starting with the size and shape of the tooth, the crown will cover the broken or decayed tooth so that it is whole once again. The color of the crown is also shaded to match the other teeth in the mouth, so that it blends right in when you smile. 

Crown treatments are a great way to renew self-confidence and also protect your smile. Crowns can be shaded any color, making them perfect for full mouth reconstruction or smile makeovers. 

In most cases, crowns typically take two visits to complete. At the first appointment the tooth is prepped and any damaged areas or existing restorations are removed. An impression is then taken and sent off to the laboratory where your custom crown is made. In about two weeks, the final crown is ready for delivery and will be permanently cemented into place. Once bonded in, the final crown will last for years! Some dental offices even offer services like same-day crowns, depending on the type of laboratory that is used in the process. 

Ask your dentist if crowns are right for you, and find out more on how you can strengthen and improve your smile in just a couple of visits!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Oct
12

Porcelain Crowns Can Transform Flat Teeth

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Are you struggling with flat, worn down teeth in the front of your mouth? Has excess tooth wear made your teeth look short or feel sharp against your tongue? Flat teeth wear down much easier than healthy teeth, because the weak inner structures are exposed. Everyday chewing and biting causes the tooth to wear down quicker than normal, also making the person’s teeth look older than they are. 

Thankfully, severely worn teeth can be corrected by restoring them with full coverage porcelain crowns. Crowns are restorations that preserve natural teeth that are too compromised to withstand everyday wear. Covering the teeth that are worn down allows height to be restored to the smile and also improves aesthetics. 

The color, size, and shape of your crown is something your dentist designs to look natural inside of your mouth. Even when placed next to your other teeth, dental crowns should look and feel as if they’ve belonged the entire time. 

Once you’ve decided that crown treatment is right for you, your dentist will prepare your remaining tooth structure and take an impression. The impression is used to craft a custom-fitted crown made of high strength porcelain. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth for about 2 weeks, until the permanent crown has been made. At the 2nd appointment, the crown(s) will be permanently cemented into place over the prepared tooth. 

If flat, worn teeth are bothering you, it’s time to ask your dentist what can be done to help. Porcelain crowns or other options like dental veneers can be ideal for correcting problems such as these. There’s something for everyone!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Dec
3

Strengthening Your Tooth with a Crown

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Just like tires wear out, so do fillings. On a tire, you may patch it, or have to replace it completely. When a filling wears out, you typically remove it, prepare the tooth, and place a slightly larger filling. At some point, the tooth will wear so much that it’s important to strengthen the tooth with a dental crown before the remaining amount of tooth enamel becomes too weak and fractures apart.

You may or may not experience signs of a weakened tooth, but if you do, it typically involves sensitivity to pressure, sweets, or different temperatures of food. Being proactive about strengthening the tooth early enough can prevent more costly procedures like a root canal. Whether or not the tooth bothers you, it’s important to have your dentist check it regularly so as to catch any signs of leakage, recurrent decay, or failing of the filling.

When it’s time for you to have a crown, the treatment is typically broken up into 2 separate appointments. At the first visit, your dentist will remove any old restorations or tooth decay, and prepare the tooth for supporting a full coverage crown. The reshaped tooth will have an impression taken that is sent to the dental laboratory where your permanent crown will be made. A temporary crown may be placed over the tooth for comfort and aesthetic reasons.

After about 2 weeks, your permanent crown will be ready. The crown’s coloration and design is so that it will blend in with your other teeth. Your dentist will place the crown over the tooth to ensure proper fit, and will then permanently be cemented into place, fully covering your tooth and restoring it back to its normal function.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Jun
19

Does it Matter what Material My Crown is Made Of?

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There are a few different materials that crowns can be made out of, and the choice for your type of crown is based on a few different reasons. Crowns are always placed over teeth that have received root canals, and are also used to treat large areas of decay or fractured teeth.

Temporary crowns are always made of stainless steel. Sometimes called “silver caps”, these crowns are typically used on children whose oral anatomy is still developing. Stainless steel crowns are not made to last more than a few years, and will wear through over time if they are kept on longer than they should be. Most of the time these are used on baby teeth that will fall out within a few years, or on a developing permanent tooth that is not yet fully erupted.

Gold crowns are sometimes the material of choice for teeth in the back of the mouth, due to the benefits that gold has when it comes to it’s wear over time. Gold functions very well on grinding teeth and can be more comfortable to wear since the softer material is shaped easily to the way you bite together.

Porcelain crowns are the treatment of choice for teeth in the front of the mouth, or that show when you talk or smile. The material is carefully matched to adjacent natural tooth enamel so that it blends in as best as possible with the rest of your smile. Some crowns are completely made of resin while others are porcelain fused to metal. Depending on technology offered in your dental office, they may also be available for same-day placement thanks to 3D imaging technology and in-office lab equipment.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

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Jun
6

Treating Large Areas of Tooth Decay

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Routine preventive care appointments with your dentist and hygienist can help you avoid the troubles of large cavities. Intermittent appointments can be very effective in diagnosing decay while it is small, easier to treat, and in many cases before any symptoms of tooth decay exist.

Sometimes though, tooth decay can advance very rapidly. Or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist and when you arrive for a check up you’ve found out that there is a very large cavity in one of your teeth. Large decay is important to treat very quickly, because if left untreated it can spread to other teeth or result in the unavoidable loss of the infected tooth.

If decay is large, it will require placing a dental crown on top of the tooth. This is because decay must be removed and the surrounding tooth enamel prepped before supporting a restoration. Routine fillings cannot structurally hold up to the pressures of biting or chewing in areas where there is little healthy tooth enamel left. Instead, a crown is placed over the prepared tooth so that it can continue functioning as normal. This also protects adjacent teeth from catching decay, and prevents the infection from spreading to the nerve.

Perhaps the decay was so severe that it did reach into the nerve chamber of the tooth. Before placing a crown on this tooth, the diseased nerve tissue must be removed and the nerve canal filled with a medicated filling material. Placing a crown over a tooth with an infected nerve will simply result in recurrent tooth abscesses as it attempts to drain the infection. Crowns and root canal therapycan greatly extend the life of teeth that have experienced large areas of decay.

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care

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