Dental Tips Blog

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

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

 

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