Dental Tips Blog

Sep
13

5 Fast Facts About Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

These facts may test your knowledge about dental caps.

Fact #1: Dental Crowns are Made to Look Like Natural Teeth

Capping your teeth doesn’t mean they have to be covered in gold. Most modern dental crowns are actually made from materials such as ceramic and zirconia, which offer a natural finish.

Fact #2: Dental Crowns Don’t Last Forever

Sooner or later, decay may sneak back into the tooth under the crown margin or the crown itself can wear away. Don’t be surprised if your dentist recommends replacing a dental crown that’s ten or more years old.

Fact #3: You Have Control Over How Long Your Crown Lasts

While dental crowns won’t last forever, you can get a lot of mileage out of your caps if you take care of them. Maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding very hard foods can help you keep your crowns in great shape for years.

Fact #4: Two Opposing Teeth May Both Need Crowns

Capping one tooth may put the opposite tooth at risk of premature wear. The opposing neighbor might need to be capped just to prevent fracture. Of course, this primarily depends on the material used. Gold crowns, for example, tend to be very gentle against natural teeth.

Fact #5: Dental Crowns Enhance Your Smile

You can opt for a dental crown to improve the esthetic appearance of any tooth. A tooth doesn’t have to be decayed or falling apart to qualify for a crown. Dental caps are perfect ways to make teeth look whiter and more even while keeping them strong.

Schedule a consultation with a restorative dentist near you to find out more about the benefits of dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Sep
10

Extra Charges You May See Added to Your Dental Crown Bill

Posted in Crowns

You’re surprised to get your bill and see a list of multiple other procedures in addition to your crown.

Those supportive procedures are necessary to successfully placing a crown. Here are some of the extra charges that you may see associated with your treatment.

Crown Buildup

If your tooth is weak or has little structure left to support a crown, then your dentist may need to build it up with filling material first. Some dentists can include the cost of this procedure with your total treatment estimate. But if you end up needing it unexpectedly after your treatment starts, then this can show up as an additional “major” dental service on your bill.

Root Canal

A root canal is another major expense that is separate from the cost of your crown. As with a post or core buildup, your tooth may unexpectedly need root canal therapy. Your dentist will let you know as you go along whether one is necessary, but it’s usually planned for in advance.

X-Rays

You might see a few diagnostic x-rays listed on your crown procedure bill. This is very typical.

Initial Exam

Did you see your dentist for a toothache and come out with a dental crown? That initial exam to check your tooth and assess it for a cap may show up on your bill.

When in Doubt, Get a Second Opinion

If you see suspicious additional charges to your dental bill or if the dentist can’t satisfactorily explain why you need a certain procedure, get a second opinion.

You can minimize confusion and unpleasant surprises by asking your dentist at the outset for clarification of exactly what your total treatment estimate should be.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Sep
9

Why You Need a Crown Instead of a Filling

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown typically involves more of an investment in time and money than getting a filling. Even so, there are some good reasons why covering a tooth may be better than getting a smaller restoration.

Crowns Provide Better Support

Every time you fill a tooth, it gets a little weaker. Fillings replace some tooth structure after a cavity strikes, but they don’t really make the tooth stronger. Crowns, on the other hand, are designed to reinforce the whole tooth from the outside.

If your tooth has already been weakened by multiple fillings, then getting one more isn’t necessarily the best idea. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown to help keep your tooth in one piece.

The Decay or Damage May Be Too Large for a Filling

A typical filling can sufficiently repair small holes in a tooth. But a tooth can’t hold up if it’s more filling than tooth.

Crowns are the better option if your tooth is missing a large piece or has an extremely large cavity.

Crowns Seal Out Decay

Dental fillings are supposed to create a tight seal with the enamel, but they can have some weak spots around the edges. Crown margins, or edges, are usually located below or just at the gum line where they have another layer of protection against tooth decay. As long as you carefully brush and floss your crown, you can avoid developing new decay underneath.

Crowns Prevent Sensitivity

A crown provides significant insulation against temperature changes. Teeth worn down by acids or erosion may have lost a lot of enamel. Crowns can protect those teeth from the elements better than fillings can.

Learn more about the benefits of crowns by talking with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Aug
5

How to Safely Replace a Dental Crown if It Falls Off

Posted in Crowns

What should you do if your dental crown suddenly pops off? Here are the steps that dentists recommend.

Recover the Crown and Check It

Locate your crown and any pieces that may come off with it. If your crown is loose, try to remove it entirely. This will lower the chances that it will come off and disappear during your next meal.

Look over your crown for any signs of damage. Check to see if there are any pieces of tooth left inside the cap.

The next step is simply to call your dentist to find out the earliest time you can come in to have your crown replaced. If it’s going to be more than a day before you can get to the dental office, then move on to the next steps.

Clean Out Your Crown 

Make sure your crown is free of food and debris on the inside. Scrub the inside with a toothbrush, rinse it, and dry it. You should also clean the tooth it fell off of.

Check the Fit

Try out your crown in your mouth. Put it over the original tooth and lightly bite down to check the fit. Make sure it’s oriented in the right direction by comparing it with the neighboring teeth.

Cement Your Cap

Using a temporary dental cement from a nearby drugstore, replace the crown on your prepared tooth. Wipe away the excess cement and let it set for a couple of hours before you eat anything.

Temporarily cementing your crown in place is the best way to protect it for a day or two.

Get to a dental office as soon as you can to get your crown reattached permanently.

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

Aug
4

5 Common Dental Crown Problems

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown usually means salvation for a decayed or broken tooth. But on occasion, some discomfort may persist after the procedure.

Here are five of the most common complications that you could experience.

Tooth Sensitivity

Your tooth will have to be significantly trimmed down to fit a crown. It will understandably be sore and sensitive to temperature changes for the first few days after getting a cap. This can also happen with crowns that are just a tiny bit too short. If even a small amount of the tooth root is exposed then you will feel some increased sensitivity.

Toothache

The trauma of preparing a tooth for a crown can cause some inflammation inside the nerve chamber. This swelling should resolve on its own, as the tooth adjusts to its new shape.

Crown Too High

A tall restoration or too much cement could make your capped tooth higher than it was before. You may not notice the difference right away, but over time, the height change can affect your bite.

Sore Gums Around a Crown

Getting a crown can be a little rough on the surrounding gum tissue. Any irritation should quickly heal within a few days but swelling that persists for weeks could be a sign that there’s excess dental cement left under the gums.

Cracked Root

Crowning a severely cracked tooth can be a gamble. The crack may get deeper over time as you bite down on your crowned tooth and put pressure on it. Once the crack extends into the root, the crown won’t be of much help. An extraction is likely the only way to get relief.

Ask your dentist how the benefits of getting a crown outweigh the risks of side-effects.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Jul
29

How Long Can You Expect Crowns on Front Teeth to Last?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are beautiful. They can transform your smile by covering up imperfections on your front teeth. They’re also valuable restorations as they provide an essential investment in your weak or decayed enamel. Naturally, you want crowned front teeth to last as long as possible.

Just how long can you reasonably expect?

How Long Dental Crowns Can Last

Most insurance companies will pay for a crown once in a five-year period. This means that they expect a crown to last that long whether it’s on a front or back tooth. Any concerned dentist would be disappointed to see a crown last less than 10 years. Many caps on front teeth last upwards of 15 years since those teeth don’t experience as much wear and tear as the back ones.

There is no guarantee, however, that your crown will last even five years if you don’t take proper care of it.

Make the Crown on Your Front Tooth Last

Dental crowns don’t just fall apart or fall off on their own. There’s usually an external factor that causes crowns to fail. Poor oral hygiene and habits like nail biting can shorten a restoration’s lifespan.

Do the following to ensure that your crown lasts as long as possible:

  • Brush and floss your crown daily
  • Use fluoride products
  • Wear mouth guards if you play sports or grind your teeth in your sleep
  • Avoid using your front teeth as tools to bite into hard foods or tear open packages

As it turns out, you have a lot of control over how long a crown on your front tooth can last.

Learn more about beautiful strong crowns for restoring front teeth by contacting a cosmetic dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Jun
21

Here’s Why You Should Put a Cap on That Chipped Front Tooth

Posted in Crowns

Is your smile graced with a roguish chip in your teeth?

Like many others with a chipped front tooth, you may not be bothered by the look. The only thing that matters is that it doesn’t hurt.

Still, that tooth might need a crown more than you realize.

The Dangers of a Chipped Tooth

Your fractured tooth might not be in pain, but you might regret its sharp edge later on. Cracked teeth can be very rough. If you accidentally bump your lip, that edge could cause a deep and cut. A sharp tooth could go all the way through your lip if you got hit hard enough.

Chipped teeth are weaker than intact ones. They can’t distribute bite pressure evenly the way a whole tooth can. Your enamel will always be at risk of fracturing even more, the longer you go without treating it.

Crowning Extends the Lifespan of Cracked Teeth

Cap your chipped front tooth and you’ll give it enhanced strength. The crown will redistribute the force from chewing or injury and make your tooth more likely to survive for many more years.

Don’t Wait to Crown Your Tooth!

The longer you go without capping your tooth, the greater the risk. Dental crowns need sufficient tooth material to hold onto. But if your tooth fractures far beyond where the damage is currently at, it might have to be extracted. Not to mention, the next fracture will likely be a lot more painful than you had imagined.

Don’t wait. Put a crown on your broken tooth if you want to spare yourself discomfort and inconvenience in the months and years to come. Visit a restorative dentist to learn about other options that might be available.

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

Jun
19

What’s the Best Kind of Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are great options for protecting and restoring teeth. They hold together teeth that are fractured or have a new root canal. Crowns also treat large cavities by replacing missing tooth structure and sealing out future decay.

If you need a dental crown, then you face a decision: which kind of cap should you get?

Find out which kind of restoration is best for you by getting familiar with a few of the most common types available…

Gold Crowns

Gold crowns have the advantage of being the most durable. They’re a good choice for anyone with allergies or sensitivities to other metals. Ideally placed on back teeth, they stand up well to excessive chewing pressure.

Metal Crowns

A slightly cheaper option in comparison with a gold crown is one made from a base metal alloy. Metal crowns don’t require your tooth to be filed down as much as it would be for other kinds of caps. Metal crowns are also resistant to corrosion.

Porcelain Crowns

Would you prefer a natural-looking capped tooth? Porcelain may be the answer. Porcelain or ceramic crowns deliver the most aesthetic results.

Porcelain-Metal Combination Crowns

If you want a crown that delivers both strength and beauty, consider a porcelain-fused-to-metal option. These crowns are made from metal but coated with porcelain on the outside for a natural finish.

Clearly, each kind of dental crown has its strengths. It’s hard to label just one as the “best” when they each have a unique purpose. What works for one person may not be right for you.

Talk with your dentist to find out which crown is best for your tooth.

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

Jun
19

Do You Really Need a Crown After Getting a Root Canal?

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You just had an emergency root canal done. Why does your dentist insist that you need to top it off with a dental crown?

Root Canals Weaken Teeth

The main reason for capping teeth after root canal therapy is to protect them. The root canal’s job is to remove the nerve from inside your tooth to eliminate pain and infection.

But what’s left is an empty shell of a nonliving tooth that’s now very brittle.

Endodontic therapy can be a bit traumatic to teeth, in that it involves removes a significant amount of material from inside of it. Yet, it’s essential to avoid an extraction.

You just went through the time and expense to get a root canal to save your tooth. It would be disappointing, to say the least, if you then had to get the tooth extracted because it broke during a meal.

Crowns Help Your Teeth Look Natural

A tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy can look a bit darker than normal. Capping it restores some of its beauty and helps it blend in with the rest of your smile.

When You Might Not Need a Crown

Some teeth actually do just fine without a crown after having endodontic therapy. These can include front teeth which aren’t responsible for a lot of chewing force. In some cases, a dentist might want to leave a tooth uncapped to make it easier to access in the event something goes wrong with the root canal.

Sometimes, a simple filling is enough to seal off treated area.

Your dentist will evaluate your tooth’s strength in determining whether or not it needs to be capped.

Contact an endodontist or restorative dentist near you to find out more about your options.

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

Jun
18

Are Dental Crowns Bad for Teeth?

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Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover teeth. They stay in place permanently with the help of a dental cement. Over time, crowns can also wear out and need to be redone.

However, none of this means that they’re bad for teeth.

Why A Dental Crown Is a Good Thing

Dental crowns are some of the best restorations your smile can have. They protect damaged teeth, reinforce vulnerable ones, and prevent decay and sensitivity from taking over.

Put simply, a crown could be your last-resort option that keeps your tooth in one piece.

So why do crowns sometimes get a bad rap?

The Downside of Dental Crowns

Some people dislike crowns given the fact that they permanently alter teeth and can even indirectly weaken them.

To get a crown, your tooth first has to be trimmed down. This is because a “cap” need to securely grip the tooth from all sides with room to fit into place. But this also means that from that point on, your tooth can never again be without a crown.

You’ll have to replace your crown if it breaks or if your tooth develops another cavity. There’s no option to just leave your tooth as-is. Sometimes, replacing a crown means that your tooth will have to be trimmed down further.

Getting a dental bridge can likewise be “bad” for your teeth. The bridge may suspend an artificial tooth over the gap, but it needs two capped teeth for support. Attaching a bridge to two perfectly healthy teeth with crowns does essentially shorten their lifespan.

Dental crowns are great restorations, but is getting one right for your situation? Talk with your dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

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