Dental Tips Blog

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

Aug
3

5 Things You Should Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry? Is it worth the cost? Should you give it a try?

Cosmetic Dentistry Includes More Than Teeth

Crowns, veneers, and dental bonding are all well-known cosmetic procedures. But some cosmetic dentists offer orthodontia, gum shaping, and even Botox to supplement a smile makeover. You might be surprised at the options available to you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Doesn’t Necessarily Repair Teeth…

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the look of your smile. It isn’t considered necessary or therapeutic. Most aesthetic procedures have little to no effect on improving the structure or integrity of a tooth, or for treating active oral disease.

…But Cosmetic Dentistry Can Have Restorative Benefits

There are plenty of dental procedures that have both functional and cosmetic benefits. Dental crowns, for example, can both improve a tooth’s appearance and restore it after it’s damaged. Implants serve the dual purpose of filling a gap in the smile and restoring bite function.

Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Always Covered by Insurance

Because cosmetic procedures aren’t medically-necessary to your health, most dental insurance plans won’t cover them. You have to be prepared to shoulder the expense.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Whether you choose to upgrade your smile with a little bleaching or a set of veneers, cosmetic dentistry will help boost your confidence. It’s not just an investment in your teeth…it’s an investment in your lifestyle.

Aesthetic dentistry is the perfect gift to yourself or a family member. To find which treatment is right for you, schedule a smile consultation with a cosmetic dentist in your area.

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

Jul
15

Dental Crowns: What Are They and Why Get One?

Posted in Crowns

Dental caps are often placed over teeth with root canals, but that’s not the only reason to get one.

If your car tire gets a small hole in it from driving over a nail, a mechanic can probably patch it up and you can keep using the tire. This is like what your dentist does when you need a filling.

But let’s say that your car’s tire blows out from driving over a larger object. It now needs to be completely replaced. The core structure of the wheel is fine, but you need a new outer component to keep your vehicle in use.

Getting a crown is like getting a brand new tire.

Dental crowns replace most of a tooth’s outer layer. Sometimes, teeth are far too damaged to just patch up with a filling. So the dentist will trim it down to the core structure and cap it off with a strong crown.

The new crown stays on your tooth for good. You use and care for your crowned tooth just like any other.

Crowns are good for teeth because they:

  • Let you hold onto your natural tooth longer
  • Seal out bacteria and debris
  • Strengthen weak teeth
  • Protect a compromised tooth from sensitivity

You could get a dental crown made from ceramic, gold, or a combination of porcelain and other metals. Which kind of crown you get will depend on what your teeth need and how you want your smile to look.

The next time you have a fractured, worn, or decayed tooth in need of restoration, talk with your dentist. He or she may recommend crowning it instead of patching it up time and again with fillings.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Jul
24

How to Get the Most out of Your New Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Having a new crown made is a smart investment that will protect your smile and also improve the way your tooth looks. When you decide to have a crown placed, you’re preventing that tooth from breaking down more or putting additional strain on the adjacent teeth. How can you be sure that you’re getting a great crown that lasts as long as possible?

Give Your Dentist a Healthy Environment to Work With

The health of your gum tissues around the tooth impact the appearance of the edges of the crown once the treatment is completed. For instance, if you have active gingivitis with swollen, bleeding gums, you may not get as great aesthetic results near the gumlines. Start brushing your gumlines gently and flossing underneath them each day for at least two weeks before your crown appointment. 

Clean Your Crown Efficiently Each and Every Day

Prevent new cavities or discoloration around your crown by caring for the tooth around it. Remove plaque buildup along the crown margin to eliminate the opportunity for decay to develop. But don’t scrub too hard, as this could cause the gums around the crown to recede. 

Whiten Your Teeth First

Your crown will be matched to the color of the teeth around it. If those teeth are darker than you want the to be, then you may want to whiten them. That way if you want to whiten your teeth in the future, you don’t have to replace your brand new crown just to have one that matches better! 

If you have more questions about the crown process or what to expect, call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

May
31

What Are Cosmetic Crowns Made Of?

First of all, let’s review why a crown is needed, in the first place. A crown provides both structural and cosmetic benefits to a tooth which:

  • Has been weakened by extensive decay
  • Has suffered fracture or trauma
  • Is worn down from the effects of teeth-grinding and clenching
  • Is structurally-jeopardized by the presence of a large filling
  • Has been treated with root canal therapy

A dental crown will improve the appearance and function of a tooth that has lost most of its outer structure. Some crowns are made entirely of gold, some of a combination of metals, and others of metal with a porcelain covering.

What about the more esthetically-pleasing all-white crowns?

Benefits of White Cosmetic Crowns

The white crowns are usually made of porcelain, can last a long time, and are preferred by many patients for the following reasons:

  • Preserve the appearance of a natural tooth
  • Possess a quality of translucency which resembles that of natural teeth
  • The all-ceramic makeup is not as likely to irritate the gum tissue
  • No risk of allergic reaction to metal in crown
  • When gums recede over time, there won’t be an unsightly metal portion revealed when smiling

Some all-white crowns are made of zirconia, which is actually a biocompatible-crystal. These crowns are especially indicated for protecting teeth from the effects of bruxism, or tooth grinding, because of their high-strength quality.

With advances being made in the dental field on a daily basis, it’s smart to stay informed of the latest technologies offered. The best way you can do this is by visiting your dentist to ask which type of crown meets your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

May
2

Crowns or Veneers: Which Cosmetic Dental Option is Best?

Changing the appearance of a tooth can be done easily and quickly with a cosmetic crown or veneer. But, both of these restorations are very different from one another, so how do you decide which one is best? Broken down or chipped teeth will continue to wear away and break if not corrected soon enough, so making the right choice is extremely important.

Dental Veneers

Veneers cover only the front of a tooth, along with the biting edges. It is similar to having a shell of material that is bonded directly to the tooth itself. A veneer is most appropriate when only minor damage has taken place, of if the predominant concerns are simply aesthetic in nature. Gaps, rotated teeth, small chips and worn teeth can usually be correct with a veneer. 

Cosmetic Crowns

Crowns are full coverage, functional restorations. That is, they serve a purpose in restoring teeth that have either had significant decay, fractures, or some other type of impact on the health of the tooth. Making the crown out of porcelain or a similar cosmetic material allows the functional restoration to serve a dual aesthetic purpose. Your dentist will most likely recommend a crown if the tooth is unhealthy.

The process for each treatment is very similar. Most types of crowns and veneers are completed in two visits, but in select cases they may only require one appointment. Your dentist will discuss the process with you and explain what to expects. Using crowns and veneers together, you can create a huge impact on the overall appearance of your smile. Ask your dentist for a customized treatment plan.

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

 

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