Dental Tips Blog

Nov
28

Is a Dental Crown Right for Your Smile?

Posted in Crowns

Damaged, decayed, and dull-looking teeth can be updated and reinforced with dental crowns. But a cap isn’t your only option. Before you decide to get a crown, you should know what it can do for your smile and what your other options are.

Why Choose a Dental Crown

Dental caps are great for:

  • Strengthening teeth with little remaining tooth structure
  • Protecting teeth weakened by enamel loss
  • Capping teeth with root canals
  • Covering teeth made sensitive by large fillings
  • Preventing tooth damage from teeth grinding
  • Anchoring a dental bridge
  • Finishing off a dental implant

There may be other situations in which your dentist feels your tooth needs a crown. In general, dental caps bring the benefits of strength, protection, and beauty to a smile.

When You May Want to Pass on a Crown

There are, however, a couple of instances in which a full dental crown isn’t so ideal.

Perhaps one of your front teeth has a small chip in it. You could cap it with an entire crown. But for a more conservative look, you might opt for a cosmetic dental veneer. Front teeth don’t experience as much bite pressure as the back ones, so as long as a tooth is structurally-sound, you may not need a full dental cap.

Something similar is the case when it comes to molars. Back teeth with minimal damage may not need to be completely covered with a cap. Instead, they may qualify for a restoration called an inlay or onlay. This works like a combination crown and filling.

The best way to find out which kind of restoration your tooth needs is to see your local dentist for an examination.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57
th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

Nov
26

‘I Think My Tooth Is Cracked; Will I Need a Crown?’

Posted in Crowns

Does your tooth look or feel like it’s got a crack in it?

For one thing, your tooth may just have what’s called a “craze line” in it.

Craze lines are very shallow cracks that result from pressure on the tooth. They usually don’t turn into anything serious, but they can pick up stain over time and become unsightly. A little teeth whitening and professional dental polishing are enough to make your teeth look better without a crown.

But true cracks in teeth are serious, and you’d usually notice if you had one.

Is Your Tooth Really Cracked?

Cracked teeth bring symptoms like:

  • Pain upon biting and even when you relax a bite
  • Pain in general
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Cavities, if decay has set up in the fracture

Even a minor chipped tooth wouldn’t bring symptoms like those. Small chips in teeth can be repaired with dental bonding. But those bigger cracks usually need to be repaired with a dental crown, at the least.

Why a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns provide support, protection, and beauty for a fractured tooth. Also called caps, crowns cover the entire part of the tooth that shows above the gum line.

A crown is good for holding a tooth together and preventing further damage, but if the crack is deep enough, you may also need a root canal. Afterwards, the tooth can be covered.

Find Out What Your Cracked Tooth Needs

Whether your tooth is obviously very damaged or you’re just a little concerned about what looks like a crack, you should see a dentist.

A dentist can take an x-ray of your tooth to find out whether or not it needs treatment. Call today to schedule.

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

Nov
19

What to Do if You Crack a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is meant to protect an entire tooth. Your cap is a valuable investment and you want it to last for years.

It can be frustrating when a dental crown accidentally cracks!

Crowns usually fracture as a result of:

  • Biting hard foods
  • Falling or slipping
  • Getting hit in the face accidentally
  • Teeth grinding
  • Many years of use

Here’s what you can do if your dental crown breaks:

Clean Up

First of all, check for any loose pieces of crown or tooth. Remove the crown entirely if it’s very loose. You don’t want to accidentally swallow anything! Rinse your mouth with warm water. Put your crown in a zip-top bag in case it can be cemented back in place.

Call Your Dentist

If your crown is damaged with sharp edges that prevent you from safely biting, or your tooth is bleeding or in pain, you may need an emergency dental visit. If you aren’t able to see a dentist right that moment, you can at least get some advice by calling the dental office.

If your crown is only mildly damaged and doesn’t hurt, you may get in to see the dentist within a couple days.

Protect Your Tooth

Try to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the damaged crown. If there are sharp edges or sensitive spots, you can patch them up with some temporary dental cement from a local drugstore.

It’s also good to avoid very hot or cold foods that may bother your exposed tooth.

Your tooth will be more sensitive and susceptible to fracture if it’s crown is broken, so the important thing is to avoid further damage.

Visit your dentist on a regular basis to check the integrity of your crown before it has the chance to crack!

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

Oct
19

Can a Tooth Still Get a Cavity if It Has a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Your tooth may look well sealed-up after getting a pristine new dental crown. But the fact is, it’s not invincible.

Watch Out for the Margin

You’ve just had to go through a lot of “work” and possibly even a root canal. Before that, the tooth may have had a large cavity. You’d like to think your tooth is now set for life!

Dental crowns, however, have their limits. They only cover the tooth to a point that’s just below the gum line. Where the crown edge meets the tooth is called the margin.

Your dentist makes that margin as smooth as possible. But it’s still a prime area for collecting bacteria that cause cavities. When a cavity starts at the margin, it works its way under the tooth undetected.

Oral Hygiene a Must

To avoid getting a cavity under your new crown, you must do your part.

Brush daily with a fluoride toothpaste and carefully floss around your crown (and other teeth) to remove plaque.

If you are at high-risk for tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you extend the life of your crown by using a prescription fluoride gel.

No Crowns Last Forever

Gold crowns last a long time. Metal ones hold up to wear and tear. Porcelain crowns are strong and beautiful.

But there isn’t yet a crown that’s guaranteed to protect your tooth indefinitely.

That’s why you need to schedule routine dental check-ups. A dentist can evaluate your crown with examinations and x-rays to check for signs of weakness or decay in the tooth underneath.

So don’t put off your next dental visit! It could be just what your crown needs to avoid getting a cavity.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

 

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

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