Dental Tips Blog

Mar
9

Why Did My Dental Crown Fail?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns don’t last forever, but you do reasonably expect to get several years out of your new dental restoration.

You’re understandably disappointed whenever a crown fails prematurely. What causes some dental caps to so?

Crown Fabrication Error

It’s not common for crowns to come off after a dentist carefully puts them in place. But if yours pops off soon after placement, you should see your dentist to find out if it was just an issue with the cementing process.

Sometimes, a dental crown can fail because it’s just a little bit too high. Even a subtle height discrepancy (we’re talking fractions of a millimeter) between your crown and your other teeth can cause serious problems. Eventually, your crown can loosen up because of premature wear and fall off or crack.

Recurrent Decay

You play an important role in making your dental crown last. If you can’t keep your crowned tooth clean, then it will fail, just like any other tooth. Your capped tooth is not immune to decay; cavity can still form at the edge and then spread underneath the margins, making it come off. That’s why flossing and brushing capped teeth is so important.

Cracked Dental Crown

Your tooth enamel can handle small cracks. Teeth are even designed to tightly close up small cracks. But dental crowns can’t do that. Once cracked, they’re compromised for good.

A crown can crack from trauma, chewing hard foods, or grinding against the opposing teeth. Once your crown cracks, it’s only a matter of time before bacteria slip inside and eat away the underlying tooth which loosens the restoration.

See a restorative dentist for a check-up if you’re worried about your dental crown.

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

Mar
9

White or Metal Crowns – Which Are Better for Kids’ Teeth?

Posted in Crowns

Has your child been complaining of a toothache? He or she might need to have their tooth capped.

What kind of crown should your child get: a white or metal one? Most likely, your dentist will recommend a stainless steel crown for your child.

Stainless Steel Crowns Are Easy to Place

Stainless steel crowns are fairly simple to form and place. This makes it easy to crown tiny teeth in wiggly mouths. Young kids can be anxious or uncooperative in the dental chair. If your child is small, then he or she may not be able to sit still long enough to have a detailed ceramic crown put in place.

Metal Crowns Are Cost-Effective

Stainless steel is also relatively cheap, compared with other dental materials. That’s a good thing since a capped baby tooth will soon just come out, anyway. The metal crown will keep the tooth safe and comfortable until it’s ready to come out on its own time.

Stainless Steel Crowns Are Durable

Your child may not be good at brushing their teeth if he or she is very young. Stainless steel caps are smooth and easy to clean and fairly resistant to dental plaque. Your child’s metal crown can last for several years without needing to be changed.

What if your child has broken an adult tooth, however?

A white ceramic crown may be a perfectly good option as long as the tooth is a permanent one. You’ll have to keep reminding your child of the importance of keeping the crown clean and safe as they grow up. Otherwise, a stainless steel crown may be needed temporarily until the tooth has fully erupted and matured.

See a dentist in your area for more suggestions on repairing baby teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Mar
3

Why Are Dental Crowns So Expensive?

Posted in Crowns

A single dental crown may seem expensive for its tiny size. But dental crowns pack a lot of worth into one small restoration.

What makes your next dental crown so valuable?

Dental Crowns Can Save Your Smile

If you get a crown, it can help save your tooth and avoid the need for a root canal or worse, extraction. Replacing a lost tooth can cost far more than a cap, alone.

Costs Vary by Material

You’ll pay the least for a metal crown, more for a porcelain crown, and probably the most for a gold crown. You can talk with your dentist about which material is best for both your bite and your budget. Keep in mind that the price you pay reflects the quality of the restoration you end up with.

It Costs a Lot to Run a Dental Practice

Your dental office has a lot of overhead costs associated with just running a practice, not to mention the lab they pay to hand manufacture the final restoration. These costs all factor into the price of almost any procedure, including dental crowns.

There’s office maintenance, utilities, employees’ paychecks, dental supplies, and more. Lab fees often make up a large part of the price for a crown; sometimes nearly 50% of the crown cost goes to the technician creating the high-quality restoration.

Teeth Make Up a Tiny Workspace

Your mouth is a small area to work on, and the tiniest details are crucial to your comfort and oral health. Treatments like dental crowns that protect small tooth structures take a lot of time and careful planning. This also adds overall value to a crown procedure.

Do you need a dental crown? Ask your dentist about your restorative options and convenient payment plans.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Feb
17

Are Dental Crowns and Veneers the Same Thing?

Posted in Crowns

Caps, crowns, veneers . . . all the terms may seem to blend into one. They each refer to a restoration that covers your tooth. But there are unique differences between crowns and veneers that make them quite different in what they do. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
3

6 Ways a Dental Crown Will Improve Your Smile

Posted in Crowns

Thinking about getting a dental crown? Here are six ways you’ll benefit by capping your tooth.

Chew Comfortably

You can’t properly chew food on the side of your mouth that has a broken or decayed tooth. By getting a crown, your bite will be able to withstand chewing again.

Less Sensitive Teeth

Dental caps protect a tooth from all sides. Granted, your tooth may be a little sensitive in the days right after you first get the crown. But for the most part, your new cover will protect your tooth and help your mouth feel more comfortable overall.

Whiter Teeth

You can make your dental crown any color you want. It doesn’t have to be so bright that it stands out, but it can definitely be whiter than the original tooth. Crowns are a good way to fix up teeth that stubbornly refuse to whiten when you bleach them.

Evenly-Shaped Teeth

Getting a crown can cover up the fact that your tooth is a bit twisted or even missing a piece. Caps provide a brand-new exterior all around the tooth, enhancing its shape and helping it blend in seamlessly with its neighbors.

Your Crown Can Support a Bridge

Are you missing a tooth next to the one that could use a crown?

Dental crowns can be designed to have a false tooth attached to fill in a nearby gap. This is called a dental bridge. Bridges need support from crowns on both teeth on either side of the gap in order to work.

Smile with Confidence

A dental crown will complete your smile and give you the confidence to show it off.

Contact your local restorative dentist to learn more about dental crown benefits.

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

Jan
28

What Type of Dental Crown Should You Get?

Posted in Crowns

If you have a chipped, cracked, or decayed tooth, there’s a good chance you may need a dental crown to protect it. The type you get depends on things like:

  • Aesthetic concerns
  • Whether or not you grind your teeth
  • Which tooth (back or front) needs the crown

Here are the main types of dental crowns that you may hear about:

Porcelain or Ceramic

Natural-looking white crowns are very common these days. Porcelain crowns are especially good for restoring chipped front teeth that are visible when you smile.

Gold or Metal

Metal crowns aren’t for everyone, but they do last a long time. You might choose to get one for a back tooth like a molar. Gold caps in particular are strong yet gentle on enamel.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel crowns are best-suited to children’s teeth or temporary purposes. These crowns are cheap and easy to place in just one appointment – perfect for capping a baby tooth that’s soon to fall out.

Resin

Crowns can be made from a material that’s similar to white dental fillings. While cheaper upfront, resin crowns fracture and wear down more easily.

Combination Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal

When you want the strength of a metal crown but the look of a white one, then a combination cap is the way to go.

Temporary Crowns

Temporary dental crowns are usually made from acrylic. They cannot last long enough to protect your tooth for more than a few months. These kinds of crowns are only intended to protect your tooth while you’re waiting on the final restoration.

Visit a restorative dentist near you to find out which kind of crown is right for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Jan
26

Think Your Dental Crown Is Too High? Why You Should Get It Checked Out Right Away

Posted in Crowns

A high dental crown is a common issue, but it’s not one you can afford to ignore.

Why Is Your Crown Too High?

After placing your crown, your dentist asks you to bite down to check the fit, seeing how it lines up with your other teeth.

However, there’s more to it than what the dentist can see. He or she will also ask you how the crown feels when you bite down. The problem is that you might be numb from the procedure. You can’t always feel how well the cap fits against your other teeth or may be unsure about what the right fit feels like.

Being too numb from anesthetic is the most common reason people end up with crowns that don’t quite fit.

What’s Wrong with a High Crown?

It’s usually a couple hours or days after your procedure that you start to notice how strange your crown feels. The crown may not bother you, at first, or you may even get used to it, so it’s easy to ignore the issue.

When a crown is high, that means it’s the first point where your upper and lower teeth meet. But in a healthy bite, all of your teeth should meet at the same time.

Even if your crown is only slightly too high, that will make a difference in your bite. This difference can lead to some very uncomfortable problems like:

  • TMJ pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Wear on the opposite teeth.

If you clench your teeth hard and the capped tooth hurts, that’s a sign the crown may be too high. See your dentist as soon as possible. Adjusting a high crown takes only a few minutes and will spare you a lot of irritation in the long run.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Jan
8

Can I Whiten My Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Is it possible to bleach your capped teeth?

The short answer is no, dental crowns do not bleach or no matter how many whitening products you use.

This doesn’t mean you have to give up all hope of having a brighter smile, however.

Why Crowns Don’t Whiten

A white dental crown is made with porcelain or ceramic. These materials are not porous like tooth enamel is. This allows them to resist absorbing stain the way natural teeth do. But it also means that they can’t get any lighter, either. Crowns stay the color they were when originally made.

How to Get a Whiter Smile with a Crown

Timing is everything. If you know you’ll need to get a dental crown soon, then your best bet is to whiten your teeth before that happens. Once your teeth reach the shade you like, you can have your new crown colored to match.

It’s possible to have an opposite problem. Your natural teeth may darken to where they look yellower than a crown you got years ago.

Happily, teeth bleaching won’t harm your crown. You can still whiten your teeth; it’s just that the restoration won’t get any lighter.

If the cap is on one of your back teeth, then it shouldn’t even show up when you smile.

Do you have a visible crown that you wish you could bleach? Your only option at this point is to get a new one or polish away surface buildup. If your current crown is several years old, then there’s a possibility it needs to be updated, anyway.

Ask your dentist at your next checkup about how you can get a whiter smile with a dental crown.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

Jan
7

4 Things That Can Crack a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are strong enough to hold up to the forces of daily wear.

But a crown doesn’t make your tooth invincible. Caps made from porcelain are still susceptible to damage from strong forces.

Here are four things to avoid since they can potentially crack your new dental crown.

  1. Ice Chewing

A habit of crunching on ice can be very damaging to natural teeth. It’s not recommended for crowned teeth, either. Ice is extremely hard and chewing on it regular can create small cracks and chips that get worse with time. The temperature changes cause contractions in the crown materials, making them change differently than your teeth.

  1. Impact Sports

All it takes is someone’s elbow to your jaw and that crown is history. A powerful blow, whether in an accident or during a game, can shatter teeth and crowns alike. It’s a good idea to invest in a mouth guard to protect yourself if you regularly participate in physical sports.

  1. Teeth Grinding Habits

If you have a teeth clenching and grinding habit, then it’s very important that your dental crowns are made from the right material. Basic porcelain may either wear away opposing teeth, crack, or pop right off the tooth when under the force of a grinding habit. A night splint can protect your crowns and natural teeth.

  1. Opening Packages with Your Teeth

People commonly damage crowns on front teeth when they use them as tools. Your teeth aren’t meant to line up to tear the tag off a package or rip open a bag.

If your crown does crack or come off, see your dentist right away. Delaying the visit could allow decay or infection to set in. Your dentist will help you address the root cause behind a cracked crown and help you avoid having a similar problem in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Jan
7

Why Get a Dental Crown? Isn’t a Filling Enough?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown usually involves a little more time and expense than just filling a tooth.

Why bother getting a crown at all, then?

Your Tooth Is Severely Damaged

A filling may not be enough to keep your tooth in one piece after a large fracture or cavity. Dental “caps” strengthen weak teeth while fillings only patch up small holes without improving their integrity for biting or chewing.

You Already Have a Crown

A crown might be the better option if the opposing tooth already has a one. Many tooth-colored caps are a bit rough on opposing enamel and can cause a tooth on the opposite side to wear down.

Once the tooth that regularly contacts the crowned one shows signs of wear or fracture, then it may be time to put a cap on that one, as well.

Keep in Mind, the Tooth to Filling Ratio

Your tooth is a single structural unit, like the shell over a whole egg.

An egg can be hard to crack open. But once it is, think of how easy it is to crush up the empty shell. Your tooth is similar. When it’s a complete piece, it can resist a lot of force. But once it’s opened by a crack or decay, even if patched up with a filling, it becomes weaker.

A small restoration is usually not a problem. But the more filling material you put in your tooth, the weaker it becomes.

If your dentist strongly feels that your tooth should have a crown rather than a filling, ask why. Most likely, getting a crown is the safest option and the best way to keep your tooth in-tact for years to come.

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

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