Dental Tips Blog

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

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

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