Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

What’s the Best Kind of Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

No matter what it’s made of, a dental cap will make your damaged tooth look and feel better. All crowns protect and strengthen compromised teeth. Does it matter, then, which kind you get?

Here are the main types of dental crowns that you can choose from.

Metal Crowns

Silver-colored crowns are the cheapest in comparison with other kinds. They’re ideal for kids whose smiles haven’t fully developed, or for temporary purposes while adults wait for their permanent new crown. The drawback to metal caps is that you could have an allergy to one of the metals used in them. Also, they’re highly visible so they don’t look great when you smile.

Gold Crowns

Gold is the best kind of crown if you want something that will last for many years. It’s compatible with your body and gentle on teeth. Like other metal crowns, however, it’s quite noticeable on front teeth. They’re ideal for teeth further back in the mouth that have to withstand a lot of pressure from chewing.

Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns

Tooth-colored caps made from porcelain or ceramic are the best kind of dental crowns for creating the most natural look. These crowns make it easy for your dentist to monitor the health of your capped teeth since they don’t contain metal which obscures the view on x-rays.

Combination Crowns

The strength of a metal crown meets the beauty of a porcelain cap in a combination crown. These are beneficial for when you want the best of both options.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia is a material that looks like ceramic but has some trace metal elements that make it extremely durable. Zirconia crowns are best for teeth that suffer a lot of wear from teeth grinding.

Visit a restorative dentist to find out which kind of crown is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

Jan
3

Will My Dental Crown Last Forever?

Posted in Crowns

As much as you want your new dental restoration to last you a lifetime, crowns can only hold up for so long.

The good news is that there are a few ways you can make your dental cap last as long as possible.

Why Don’t Crowns Last Forever?

Natural teeth are very strong if they’re completely in-tact. Once they develop a crack or cavity, however, they’re compromised for good. You can only slow down the gradual breakdown by maintaining your damaged teeth with restorations such as fillings and dental crowns.

Even rock-hard dental crowns can’t last forever, though. They experience regular wear and tear from years of using them. Gold and zirconia crowns tend to last the longest.

Dental crowns also have an inside weakness: a susceptible spot right at the margin where the edge of the crown meets your tooth. This margin is generally safe as long as the crown is tightly cemented in place and the edge is protected by gum tissue. But it’s still a location where bacteria can leak in and start another cavity under the crown.

How to Make Your Dental Crown Last

Excellent oral hygiene is a must. Just because your tooth has a crown doesn’t make it invincible to decay. Bacteria can still undermine the strength and longevity of a crown so you need to brush and floss capped teeth daily.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure your dental crown is holding up as well as it should. If you can repair damage or replace it at the first sign of trouble, you can keep your tooth healthy for years to come.

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

Dec
30

Can You Change the Color of Your Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You’re grateful that your dental cap is a sturdy, comfortable, and durable restoration. Recently, however, a problem arose when you suddenly realized that your crown no longer matches the color of the rest of your teeth.

How can you change the color of your cap?

Teeth Whitening and Dental Crowns

Dental crowns remain the color that they were created with right from the start. Initially, your dentist will have the crown match the color of your natural tooth enamel to help it blend in with your smile.

As time goes by, however, you may notice that the natural teeth surrounding your crown have gotten darker which makes your crown stand out. In this case, you can try to bleach those natural teeth that have accumulated stains.

But what if your crown looks darker than the rest of your teeth after they’ve been whitened?

Unfortunately, dental crowns don’t change in hue no matter how much you bleach them. They are made of materials that don’t respond to teeth whitening chemicals the way tooth enamel does.

The only thing you can do in this case is replace your current crown with a new one that’s colored to match your smile.

Before Your Next Dental Crown

The very best option is to whiten your teeth right before you have your crown designed. Make your teeth as bright as they can be and then color your crown to match. Even if your teeth get darker over time, you can always bleach them back to ensure they match the crown.

Get answers to all of your cosmetic concerns about dental crowns by contacting a restorative dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

Dec
28

How Do You Know if You Need a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is a kind of restoration that covers a whole tooth. The dentist trims away the outer layer of a tooth until a smaller cone shape is left, then covers it with a “cap.”

Crowns can be made from materials such as ceramic, gold, or a combination of metal and porcelain.

Do you have a tooth that’s in need of a dental crown? Here are a few signs that suggest you might.

Your Tooth Has a Large Crack or Cavity

One of the most popular uses of dental crowns is to restore teeth with large amounts of damage. Fillings aren’t always sufficient for repairing teeth with deep cavities or with large portions missing. If you have a tooth that’s missing a big piece, then it may need a cap.

Your Tooth Has Deep Stain

Injury or disease can leave some teeth permanently stained from the inside. That kind of stain doesn’t go away with teeth whitening treatments. If you have a deeply stained tooth, then capping it can make it look more natural again.

Your Tooth Is Very Sensitive

If you have any teeth that are extremely sensitive to temperature changes, then they may need crowns. Dental caps can protect and soothe teeth that have lost much of their insulating enamel layer due to wear and tear or acid exposure.

Other Uses for Dental Crowns

Crowns can also be used in supporting and finishing other restorations such as implants and dental bridges. Your dentist may also recommend a crown as part of a smile makeover if you have an unevenly-shaped tooth.

Schedule a visit with your dentist if you think you need a crown to find out what your treatment options are.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Dec
24

How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown put on a tooth usually takes two separate appointments over the course of a couple of weeks. Here’s what you can expect.

Your First Dental Crown Appointment

The first visit usually takes less than an hour and involves preparing and measuring your tooth for the crown. After the dentist numbs the tooth, he or she will shape it down to a smaller size so that the crown fits over it.

The dentist then pushes a putty-filled mold against your teeth. This putty captures a perfect map of the way your surrounding teeth should fit against the crowned tooth when it’s done.

Your peg tooth is then capped with a temporary crown. Temporaries are usually made of a stainless steel or composite material, so they don’t feel very natural, but it will protect your tooth in the meantime. While you wait, your dentist sends the mold off to a dental lab where your permanent crown is crafted.

The Second Dental Crown Appointment

Your next appointment will likely follow a week or two after your first one and it goes fairly quick. Your tooth will once again be numbed up and the dentist will pop off the temporary crown. You’ll then get to try out the new permanent dental crown.

Once both you and your dentist are happy with the look and feel, the crown is cemented into place. The dentist will floss it to ensure smooth edges and perhaps even check the fit with an x-ray.

Some dental offices now offer crown fabrication technology that lets you get a crown from start-to-finish within a single two-hour appointment. Ask your dentist about what kind of dental crown placement techniques are available in your area.

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

Oct
20

Temporary Dental Crown Aftercare: What You Need to Know

Posted in Crowns

You’re still numb from the anesthetic. Your dentist has prepped your tooth down to fit under a new restoration. It’s been capped with a plastic or metal temporary crown.

What’s the next step? Here’s what you need to know.

Take Medications as Directed

Your dentist will give you instructions on taking medications for reducing pain or preventing infection. Follow those carefully to avoid complications.

Chew Carefully

Avoid chewing on your temporary crown for at least an hour after getting it put on. It’s safest to just chew on the opposite side of your mouth for now.

Floss with Caution

Flossing should be an important part of your daily routine, but you’ll want to give that tooth with the temporary crown a break. If the floss catches under the edge, it can pop the cap right off.

Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

Gently brush around your capped tooth with a desensitizing toothpaste. This formulation has minerals that will insulate your vulnerable tooth that’s just been covered by a temporary crown.

Call the Dentist if the Temporary Crown Comes Off

The temporary crown is there for a reason! If it comes off any sooner than the day you’re scheduled to get a permanent cap, then you’ll need to have it recemented.

Keep Your Dental Appointments!

Your tooth may have a pretty new cap, but the temporary crown is just that: temporary. It’s just a placeholder while you wait for the permanent crown to be finished up. You can’t leave it there and expect it to last indefinitely. It’s highly prone to leaking and popping off.

Rather than take your chances, see your dentist for the next appointment in the week or two after you get the temporary crown.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Oct
20

How Long After Getting a Dental Crown Will Your Tooth Hurt?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown is a pretty drastic experience for a tooth. After all, it’s losing its protective insulation and trimmed down before being capped with a foreign material. That’s quite a shock to a nerve-filled little tooth!

It’s normal to feel some discomfort after getting a crown. But how long is this supposed to last?

What You’ll Feel After Getting a Crown

You won’t feel much for an hour or more after your crown appointment. This is because it can take some time for the anesthetic to wear off. Until it does, your crowned tooth will feel numb.

After a few hours have gone by, however, you’ll likely notice a little discomfort in your tooth. Fortunately, this is easy to manage with an over-the-counter painkiller recommended by your dentist.

Dental Crown Sensitivity: Normal or Not?

Most cases of dental crown sensitivity are typical. It’s normal for your newly-capped tooth to feel sensitive around hot or cold temperatures or to ache a bit when you bite down on it. You may have to deal with this discomfort for a week or two after the procedure.

However, pain and sensitivity that lasts for more than two weeks is something you should call your dentist about.

Long-lasting pain after getting a dental crown could mean a few things, like:

  • A crown is too high or uneven, affecting the bite
  • The crown isn’t properly cemented to your tooth
  • There is some nerve damage to your tooth

Some teeth take longer to adapt to their new caps than others. If your crowned tooth hasn’t settled down after a couple weeks, however, call your dentist to have it checked.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Oct
18

Capped Tooth Hurting? What You Should Do

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is supposed to keep your tooth safe and comfortable. So if a crowned tooth starts to bother you, you’re understandably disappointed and worried.

What should you do if your capped tooth hurts? The first step is to understand why it’s causing you discomfort.

Why Teeth with Crowns Hurt

What are some of the potential reasons a dental crown would hurt?

  • The tooth and gums may be sore immediately after getting a new crown
  • The capped tooth could be sensitive to extreme temperatures
  • The crown could be too high or incorrectly positioned
  • There may be a cavity under the crown
  • The capped tooth might have nerve damage

How do you know what’s wrong with your dental crown? The only way to find out for sure is to visit a dentist. In the meantime, you can try some other methods for getting relief.

What You Can Do About a Painful Capped Tooth

If your dental crown just seems a bit sensitive, try using a sensitivity toothpaste for a few weeks to see if it helps. You can temporarily get relief from dental pain by taking an over-the-counter painkiller that your doctor approves.

New dental crowns often cause a dull ache in the tooth. The discomfort fades with time. But if a crown that hasn’t bothered you for years suddenly starts hurting, then that’s probably not normal.

You need to schedule a dental checkup to identify the problem and effectively treat it. Your dentist can assess your crowned tooth with x-rays and bite tests to determine the problem and then recommend treatment.

You don’t have to keep living with a painful dental crown! Contact your dentist right away for help.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Oct
18

5 Problems Dental Crowns Can Solve

Posted in Crowns

Why get a dental crown? If you suffer from any of the following dental health problems, then you may soon find out just how important dental crowns can be.

Cavities: Most cavities are small enough that a simple filling is all that’s needed. But a crown may become necessary if the decay spreads and grows so large that a filling wouldn’t be sufficient.

Cracked Teeth: Teeth with cracks are at risk of fracturing apart completely. Whether you have just a hairline crack or are missing an entire piece of your tooth, a crown can hold everything together. Capping a cracked tooth could be the only way to save it from extraction.

Tooth Sensitivity: Do you have any teeth that are sensitive and worn down? An uneven bite, teeth grinding habit, or simply years of use can cause enamel to erode away and leave behind sensitive teeth.

Covering your sensitive teeth with a crown can give you significant relief while strengthening your weakened tooth.

Root Canals: Crowns are often necessary after root canals to keep the treated teeth strong. In some cases, getting a crown early enough can help you avoid the need for a root canal, altogether. Capping teeth that have been weakened by fracture or decay can help them hold up for many more years before needing any other treatment.

Stained Teeth: Dental crowns are often necessary for structurally reinforcing teeth. Did you know, however, that crowns also have cosmetic value?

You can completely cover up discolored or stained teeth with dental crowns. Caps mask tooth stains that won’t come out with whitening treatments.

What can dental crowns do for you? Contact your dentist to find out.

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

Oct
17

What to Expect When You Get a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Are you scheduled to get your very first “dental cap”? Here’s what you can expect.

Preparing Your Tooth for a Crown

First off, anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth. The dentist will start trimming your tooth once you can no longer feel anything. This doesn’t hurt; you may just feel a little pressure.

The dentist preps your tooth into a slight cone shape. This allows the crown to fit securely without feeling bulky. Next, he or she will take a scan or mold of your mouth to use as the base for designing the crown.

It takes time to fabricate the crown by hand. So you’ll be fitted out with a temporary cap to protect your tooth while you wait.

Getting Your Permanent Crown

This appointment is fairly quick. You will likely need more anesthetic to keep your tooth comfortable, but everything will go by much faster than the last procedure.

Your dentist will lift off your temporary crown and clean away traces of the cement. He or she then puts in the new crown to check the fit. Once you’re both happy with it, the dentist cements the crown in place with a permanent bonding material.

You may need an x-ray taken of the tooth to ensure there are no gaps or excess cement. Then you’re on your way!

Remember, your new crown is “permanent” in the sense that it’s stronger than the temporary one. But it likely won’t last forever. You need to take good care of it to help it last for several years.

Ask your dentist for more information on getting and maintaining dental crowns.

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

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