Dental Tips Blog

May
20

Should You Change Out Your Metal Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Perhaps you got your metal cap years ago but now you regret having a silver tooth.

Should you upgrade your crown?

There are a few things to consider first.

What Happens When Changing a Crown

Removing a dental crown and putting on a new one isn’t like changing out shoes. Almost every time you get a crown, your tooth has to be freshly trimmed and shaped. This means that you lose a little more natural tooth structure each time you get fitted for a new restoration.

As you might guess, you tooth can only be whittled down so far and still be able to support a crown.

Be mindful that while changing out your crown for cosmetic reasons is still an option, you don’t want to do so too often or you could weaken your tooth.

How Old Is Your Crown?

If you’ve had your metal cap for ten years or more, then it has served you very well already. There is a chance that it could be hiding some decay underneath that you’re not aware of yet, and it might not even show up on x-rays.

Your dentist may recommend removing an old metal crown to see what’s going on underneath, and then recapping the tooth with a fresh white one.

But metal crowns tend to be the longest lasting of all dental cap types. If you’ve recently gotten one placed, there’s no need to change it out in a hurry and weaken your tooth further, unless your tooth is in pain.

You just never know for sure whether a dental cap is ready for replacement until you have it examined by a dentist. Call yours today to plan an appointment.

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

May
17

This Is How Long Your Dental Crown Should Last

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns have a lifespan ranging from 5-15 years. But how long you can expect your own cap to last depends on a few factors.

Which Kind of Crown Lasts the Longest?

Metal crowns, gold in particular, traditionally last the longest. But they aren’t the most durable by very much; porcelain crowns can also last quite a while, if taken care of.

Zirconia dental crowns are made from ceramic fortified with metal elements. They’re new to the market so there isn’t much data out there, but they seem to last just as long as metal ones.

How to Make Your Dental Crown Last

Oral hygiene and habits are the biggest factors in determining a dental crown’s lifespan. This means that you have some control over it.

Dental crowns tend to wear down or crack for a couple reasons:

  • Cavity underneath the crown
  • Uneven bite or unnatural pressure on the cap

As long as you carefully brush and floss around your crown, you should avoid getting more decay underneath it. Likewise, maintaining a healthy and natural bite will help prevent premature wear. There are a few ways you can do this.

Resist any urge to chew on pen caps or fingernails. This habit damages both crowned and natural teeth. Don’t use your capped teeth as tools for opening packages. If you grind your teeth, consider getting a mouth guard to protect your restorations.

Dentists today generally expect crowns to last a minimum of 10 years. That number will only grow as dentistry continues make progress. Find out more ways to make your current dental crowns last as long as possible by consulting a restorative dentist in your area.

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

May
15

Gold vs. Porcelain Crowns: Which Should I Choose?

Posted in Crowns

You may be wondering why some dentists still use gold crowns for their patients, when more cosmetically appropriate materials are available to choose from.

The truth is that while porcelain and ceramic crowns do look better, there are sometimes instances where a tooth needs to be covered with something that’s more responsive to heavy pressure.

Advantages of Gold

Gold is more pliable and responsive to heavy pressure than ceramic or porcelain. So, if you’re covering a tooth toward the back of your mouth (especially one of the top, back molars) it may be a better material to use if there’s a risk of heavy pressure and/or grinding (bruxism.)

A gold crown can gently bend/flex with the tooth as you chew, but a porcelain crown can’t. While the gold crown would stay intact, the porcelain one might chip. 

More Durable Ceramics

Changes in materials and advancements in restoration designs are proving that today’s modern ceramic crowns are more durable than they have been in years past. When you need to restore a front tooth or one that’s visible while you’re smiling, they offer a better option than a “flashy” gold cap.

Unlike gold, ceramics can be custom matched to a variety of different shades and hues. This allows the final restoration to blend in with your smile and makes it far less noticeable when you’re talking or laughing in front of other people.

Need a Crown?

If you’ve been putting your dental crown off for too long, it puts your tooth at risk for breaking apart or needing to be extracted. Talk to your dentist about which materials are right for your individual smile needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Apr
25

Should You Change Out Your Metal Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Perhaps you got your metal cap years ago but now you regret having a silver tooth.

Should you upgrade your crown?

There are a few things to consider before replacing a metal dental crown with a porcelain crown.

What Happens When Changing a Crown

Removing a crown and putting on a new one isn’t like changing out shoes. Almost every time you get a crown, your tooth has to be freshly trimmed and shaped. This means that you lose a little more natural tooth structure each time you get fitted for a new restoration.

As you might guess, you tooth can only be whittled down so far and still be able to support a crown.

Be mindful that while changing out your crown for cosmetic reasons is still an option, you don’t want to do so too often or you could weaken your tooth.

How Old Is Your Crown?

If you’ve had your metal cap for ten years or more, then it has served you very well already. There is a chance that it could be hiding some decay underneath that you’re not aware of yet, and it might not even show up on x-rays.

Your dentist may recommend removing an old metal crown to see what’s going on underneath, and then recapping the tooth with a fresh white one.

But metal crowns tend to be the longest lasting of all dental cap types. If you’ve recently gotten one placed, there’s no need to change it out in a hurry and weaken your tooth further, unless your tooth is in pain.

You just never know for sure whether a dental cap is ready for replacement until you have it examined by a dentist. Call yours today to plan an appointment.

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

Apr
24

What Are Dental Crowns For?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are an important and well-known dental procedure, just about as popular as fillings.

Why would you need one? Here are the main reasons to get a dental crown.

Cavities That Are Too Big for Fillings

Fillings can weaken teeth if they’re too large. So some cavities automatically need to be upgraded to a crown, to protect the entire tooth.

After Root Canals

A root canal can save your tooth, but it also weakens it. Teeth that have root canals need to be covered with a crown to help them withstand biting and chewing.

Restoring Implants

Dental implants are just the metal “roots” that go into your bone. They have to be restored, or finished off, with a dental crown to get the look and feel of a natural tooth.

Strengthening Cracked or Worn Teeth

Do you grind your teeth a lot? Is your enamel worn down from acid exposure? Did you crack a tooth in an accident? You may need a dental crown to protect what’s left of your teeth.

Enhancing Smiles

A dental crown may be the only answer for a tooth that’s severely misshapen or deeply stained.

Anchoring Dental Bridges

Bridges span the gap between teeth to fill in empty spaces. But they need something to hold onto. Dental bridges rest on natural teeth with the help of dental crowns.

Treating Baby Teeth

Baby teeth can be difficult to place fillings on. This is because the teeth are small and delicate, and the patients have a hard time sitting still. Dentists often place stainless steel dental crowns on decayed baby teeth to get them through a few more years of use.

Is a dental crown right for you? Find out by visiting a restorative dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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

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