Dental Tips Blog

Sep
17

Keep Your Dental Crown Strong with These 5 Tips

Posted in Crowns

No dental crown will last forever.

But with the proper care and keeping, your next dental crown could last for 15 or 20 years or more.

Brush and Floss

A capped tooth may feel safe from getting a cavity since it’s sealed off. It’s anything but, however. The margin where the crown meets your tooth is still a weak point where bacteria can sneak in and decay the tooth inside. A new cavity will weaken your crown and make it totally useless.

Pay special attention to crowned teeth while brushing and flossing to prevent plaque bacteria from building up around them.

Get Lots of Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens enamel. It can help prevent cavities from starting around the margin of your crown.

Don’t Use Crowns as Tools

Crowns are strong enough to hold up to the regular forces of biting and chewing. But they are just as prone to breaking as natural teeth if you use them as tools to tear off tags or open packages.

Avoid Hard Foods

Chewing ice and crunching on very hard items on a regular basis will weaken a porcelain crown. Treat it with as much love as you would any other tooth!

See Your Dentist

Regular dental checkups are vital to ensure that your crown is holding up to the forces of everyday wear and tear. Your dentist can alert you to signs that your crown’s days are running out.

Restorative dental products and technology are improving all the time. Your dentist is a great resource for learning more about long-lasting dental restorations. Ask your local dentist about how you can keep you next dental crown for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Sep
12

Is Your Crown Too High? Signs to Look For

Posted in Crowns

When you first get a new dental crown, your dentist will check that it fits and isn’t interfering with your bite before it’s cemented in place.

But it’s not unusual to get home and within a couple hours realize that your crown doesn’t feel quite right.

Here are some signs that you should get your crown looked at.

You can’t close your teeth together all the way.

Practice closing your teeth together tightly. Do this without any food in your mouth. If you can’t close all of your teeth together comfortably, then your crown is most likely too high.

You can’t slide your jaw from side to side.

Close your teeth snugly together and shifting your jaw from side to side. If you sense something near your crown is blocking your teeth from sliding together, then your crown may need adjustment.

You feel pain when you bite down.

A high crown doesn’t always hurt, but if it does you’re likely to notice it whenever you’re chewing food.

Pain in jaw muscles.

Your jaw will get into the habit of not letting you bite down on the uncomfortable crown. It won’t take long before your TMJ or cheek muscles start getting sore from being so tense.

Even if your crown is more annoying than painful, that doesn’t mean you can just ignore it. If your crown truly is a little high for your bite, then things will only get worse with time.

You’re looking at fractures, worn enamel, TMJ pain, temperature sensitivity, and even nerve damage.

Don’t wait if your tooth feels a little off! Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup to fine-tune your smile again.

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

Sep
5

The Top 4 Things That Will Destroy Your Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns, much like other dental restorations, are strong and durable, but don’t last forever. Most of today’s porcelain dental crowns are expected to last for about 15 years on average.

If you have a dental crown, you definitely want it to last a long time. More than 15 years, if possible.

Watch out for these four dental cap killers to keep your restoration in great shape:

Bruxism

Bruxism is a fancy term for grinding your teeth. It’s a habit that most often occurs while you’re asleep. If you clench your teeth or grind them each night, then that’s the perfect setup for a cracked dental crown.

Chewing Hard Foods

Crowns are meant to hold up to whatever forces natural teeth have to face. But chewing on ice isn’t something even natural teeth are built to withstand. Be cautious about what you choose to chew since hard objects can damage enamel and dental crowns, alike. Definitely don’t use them to open up things in lieu of a pair of scissors.

Contact Sports

A capped front tooth is in a precarious position if you’re into games like hockey, boxing, or any other contact sport. Wearing an athletic mouthguard is crucial to protecting dental restorations as well as natural teeth.

No Flossing 

Poor oral hygiene will allow plaque bacteria to collect around a crown and weaken the tooth underneath with a cavity. Flossing is especially important for removing germs from around the margin of a cap. 

Whether your dental crown has already suffered some damage or you want to learn more about how to protect it, contact your local dentist. A dental exam complete with an x-ray or two is the best way to check on the health of your smile as a whole.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Aug
21

What to Do When Your Dental Crown Comes Off

Posted in Crowns

If you have a dental cap suddenly come off in your mouth, there’s no need to panic.

A few simple steps will keep your tooth safe and clean until you can see a dentist.

Clean Up

Rinse your mouth out with warm water to get rid of debris. Check your tooth to see if any bits are fractured or broken off. If you aren’t sure, look inside the dental cap for pieces of tooth that may have come off with it. If everything looks fine, use a toothpick to gently nudge loose any cement or food debris.

Secure the Crown

Your cap may still be usable so try not to lose it. Practice fitting the crown back onto your tooth, rotating it until you find the correct orientation. Once you’re sure of the fit, stick the crown in place with a dab of temporary dental cement.

Temporary cement is available in almost any drugstore. It won’t help your crown stay in place forever, but it’s the best way to protect your tooth until you can see your dentist.

In An Emergency

As long as everything is stabilized and you’re comfortable, you can often afford to wait a day or two before seeing a dentist.

But if your crown comes off and leaves a very sensitive, bleeding, or damaged tooth, then you may need more immediate help. Constant bleeding from a tooth injury may require a trip to the emergency room. Call your local dental office for instructions if you are in a lot of pain.

No matter what condition your tooth is in, contact your local dentist as soon as possible to have your crown examined and replaced.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Aug
20

Are There Any Risks to Getting a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown is far from a dangerous dental procedure.

Still, like any other dental treatment, there are some risks that you want to know about.

Sensitivity

The dentist has to trim down your tooth to properly fit the crown. Opening up your tooth this way temporarily exposes it to the elements and it can take time for the tooth to adjust to a crown. If the crown has unsealed openings, it can result in long-term sensitivity.

More Decay

Getting a crown is supposed to treat and prevent dental disease. But here again, if it isn’t properly placed or kept clean thereafter, it’s a ripe spot for cavities to grow unnoticed.

Jaw Pain

A crown that’s too high can meet the opposite teeth too soon, preventing the jaw from closing together all the way. This could cause some stress on your TMJ.

Periodontal Pockets

If you don’t floss your crown daily, you run the risk of accumulating a lot of plaque bacteria around it. An open margin on the crown can also trap germs. This can trigger a gum infection that destroys the bone around teeth.

Wear Against Opposing Teeth

Sometimes, a crown material can be too hard against natural teeth. Aggressive chewing with your crown could wear down the enamel of other teeth.

Nerve Damage

When a cavity gets big, it poses a risk to the nerve chamber inside the tooth. The dentist then has the tricky task of removing the damaged tooth material without nicking the nerve. If that happens, you’ll probably need a root canal.

With an experienced dentist and diligent oral hygiene on your part, your next crown will be very low-risk!

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Aug
3

What’s the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Posted in Crowns

Both veneers and crowns replace a portion of your tooth’s outer layer. They can both be placed for cosmetic purposes. They can also both be placed on front teeth…but that’s where the list of similarities ends.

Purpose

The reason you would get a dental veneer may differ from the reason you need a crown. They serve two different purposes.

Crowns are restorative, meaning that they repair and replace lost tooth material. If you have a tooth damaged by decay or a fracture, it will need the help of a crown to stay in one piece.

Veneers are merely cosmetic. You’d put on a veneer or two if you want to enhance the way your smile looks, but they don’t have much value in terms of strengthening a tooth.

Coverage

A veneer is basically a curtain over your tooth. It covers the front of the tooth, but not the entire thing. Crowns, however, replace all of the outer layers enamel and protect whole teeth.

Strength

Crowns are far stronger than dental veneers.

You can crown any tooth in your mouth that needs more support, but veneers only go on front teeth where they won’t experience too much biting pressure. Crowns better suit molars that need the extra reinforcement.

Cost

Because veneers are strictly a cosmetic procedure, it’s very rare for dental insurance plans to cover their cost. You need to be prepared to pay for veneers out of pocket in most cases. Financing options make this fairy easy.

Dental crowns, on the other hand, are often a medically necessary treatment to stop decay and restore tooth structure. This means that they’re usually covered under insurance.

Still not sure whether you need a crown or veneer? Visit your dentist to learn more.

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

Aug
2

5 Ways to Avoid Getting a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

There’s nothing wrong with dental crowns in themselves. If you truly need a cap, then you don’t really have many other options. But they cost more than a filling and take a little more time to place.

The trick to avoiding a crown, then, is to avoid the circumstances that lead you to needing one.

Here are five ways you can do just that.

  1. Protect Your Teeth in Sports.

Contact sports are a major cause of cracked teeth which then need to be capped. Wearing a professional mouth guard during sports can protect your teeth. This is especially important for your kids if you want to avoid dental emergencies.

  1. Avoid Hard Foods.

Teeth experience extensive wear over years of chewing food. Spare your tooth enamel the abuse by avoiding very hard foods like ice cubes, chicken bones, and popcorn kernels.

  1. Prevent Tooth Decay.

Tooth decay is one of the main reasons you could need a crown. If you brush and floss daily and use plenty of fluoride, you can keep cavities at bay and avoid getting a crown.

  1. Relax Your Bruxism Habit.

Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? It may be time to treat the habit so that you don’t crack a tooth with excessive force.

  1. Get That Tooth Filled!

Most problems that lead to getting a crown can be treated easily while they’re small. Get teeth filled when your dentist recommends, and you can keep them strong enough to not need a dental cap.

Would you like to learn some other ways you can avoid getting a dental crown? Interested in some potential treatment alternatives? Contact your local dentist for a consultation.

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

Aug
1

4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before You Get a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns transform teeth the instant they go on. They can anchor a bridge, “cap” an implant, restore a tooth’s strength, or even cover up an irregular tooth.

With crowns, you can restore virtually anybody’s smile. But before you get one, you should ask your dentist a few questions to make sure you’re prepared.

Is there a better option for me than a dental crown?”

You might think right now that a crown is the solution for your broken tooth. There are other options, however. Your dentist can explain the alternatives and help you decide which one is right for you.

What are the benefits of getting a crown?”

It’s important to understand why you should cover your tooth rather than leave it alone. Perhaps you were thinking about getting a filling instead of a crown. If you understand the functional benefits of crowning your tooth, you’ll be able to make a better decision for your oral health.

How long will my crown last?”

While you can’t expect a crown to last forever, a well-made one will hold up for a long time. The number of years varies depending on what the cap is made from and what conditions is has to live through (such as grinding habits, injuries, etc.)

How do I care for a crown?”

Your new crown doesn’t guarantee that your tooth is safe forever; it’s still susceptible to decay. You can make your crown last as long as possible by brushing and flossing it well every day. Your dentist may have other instructions tailored to your unique needs.

Does it sound like a crown is right for you? Talk to your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Aug
1

3 Reasons to Get an Inlay or Onlay

Posted in Crowns

Unlike a dental filling, an inlay is a single restoration designed outside the mouth and placed into a prepared tooth, similar to a crown (only smaller.) If the tooth needing repair has a damaged cusp, then the restoration becomes an onlay, wrapping over part of the tooth.

Why might you need an inlay or onlay?

  1. Enhance the Strength and Beauty of a Patched-up Tooth

If you have a tooth that’s been filled time and again, then it may be weak and discolored. Old fillings pick up stain at the edges and darken with time. Your dentist may be able to place a smooth, continuous, and tooth-colored onlay to give your tooth a facelift.

  1. When a Filling Isn’t Enough

You may need an entire onlay or inlay right from the start to repair a tooth with severe damage. Some fillings or fractures may be too large for a filling. Big fillings are prone to breaking on weak or compromised teeth.

  1. When a Dental Crown Would be too Much

On the other hand, the damage may not merit the full coverage of a dental cap. Onlays and inlays are much more conservative, leaving more of your natural tooth in-tact.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

These indirect restorations match teeth in terms of color and flexibility. Onlays and inlays are most commonly made from porcelain or composite resin, helping them blend in seamlessly.

An inlay or onlay is easy to keep clean and maintains a tight seal with your tooth to prevent bacteria from getting in. These restorations are also conservative while retaining strength, making them a great choice for repairing molars.

Contact your dentist for a consultation to learn more about inlays and onlays.

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

Jul
15

Dental Crowns: What Are They and Why Get One?

Posted in Crowns

Dental caps are often placed over teeth with root canals, but that’s not the only reason to get one.

If your car tire gets a small hole in it from driving over a nail, a mechanic can probably patch it up and you can keep using the tire. This is like what your dentist does when you need a filling.

But let’s say that your car’s tire blows out from driving over a larger object. It now needs to be completely replaced. The core structure of the wheel is fine, but you need a new outer component to keep your vehicle in use.

Getting a crown is like getting a brand new tire.

Dental crowns replace most of a tooth’s outer layer. Sometimes, teeth are far too damaged to just patch up with a filling. So the dentist will trim it down to the core structure and cap it off with a strong crown.

The new crown stays on your tooth for good. You use and care for your crowned tooth just like any other.

Crowns are good for teeth because they:

  • Let you hold onto your natural tooth longer
  • Seal out bacteria and debris
  • Strengthen weak teeth
  • Protect a compromised tooth from sensitivity

You could get a dental crown made from ceramic, gold, or a combination of porcelain and other metals. Which kind of crown you get will depend on what your teeth need and how you want your smile to look.

The next time you have a fractured, worn, or decayed tooth in need of restoration, talk with your dentist. He or she may recommend crowning it instead of patching it up time and again with fillings.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

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