Dental Tips Blog

Jun
21

Here’s Why You Should Put a Cap on That Chipped Front Tooth

Posted in Crowns

Is your smile graced with a roguish chip in your teeth?

Like many others with a chipped front tooth, you may not be bothered by the look. The only thing that matters is that it doesn’t hurt.

Still, that tooth might need a crown more than you realize.

The Dangers of a Chipped Tooth

Your fractured tooth might not be in pain, but you might regret its sharp edge later on. Cracked teeth can be very rough. If you accidentally bump your lip, that edge could cause a deep and cut. A sharp tooth could go all the way through your lip if you got hit hard enough.

Chipped teeth are weaker than intact ones. They can’t distribute bite pressure evenly the way a whole tooth can. Your enamel will always be at risk of fracturing even more, the longer you go without treating it.

Crowning Extends the Lifespan of Cracked Teeth

Cap your chipped front tooth and you’ll give it enhanced strength. The crown will redistribute the force from chewing or injury and make your tooth more likely to survive for many more years.

Don’t Wait to Crown Your Tooth!

The longer you go without capping your tooth, the greater the risk. Dental crowns need sufficient tooth material to hold onto. But if your tooth fractures far beyond where the damage is currently at, it might have to be extracted. Not to mention, the next fracture will likely be a lot more painful than you had imagined.

Don’t wait. Put a crown on your broken tooth if you want to spare yourself discomfort and inconvenience in the months and years to come. Visit a restorative dentist to learn about other options that might be available.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Aug
21

What to Do When Your Dental Crown Comes Off

Posted in Crowns

If you have a dental cap suddenly come off in your mouth, there’s no need to panic.

A few simple steps will keep your tooth safe and clean until you can see a dentist.

Clean Up

Rinse your mouth out with warm water to get rid of debris. Check your tooth to see if any bits are fractured or broken off. If you aren’t sure, look inside the dental cap for pieces of tooth that may have come off with it. If everything looks fine, use a toothpick to gently nudge loose any cement or food debris.

Secure the Crown

Your cap may still be usable so try not to lose it. Practice fitting the crown back onto your tooth, rotating it until you find the correct orientation. Once you’re sure of the fit, stick the crown in place with a dab of temporary dental cement.

Temporary cement is available in almost any drugstore. It won’t help your crown stay in place forever, but it’s the best way to protect your tooth until you can see your dentist.

In An Emergency

As long as everything is stabilized and you’re comfortable, you can often afford to wait a day or two before seeing a dentist.

But if your crown comes off and leaves a very sensitive, bleeding, or damaged tooth, then you may need more immediate help. Constant bleeding from a tooth injury may require a trip to the emergency room. Call your local dental office for instructions if you are in a lot of pain.

No matter what condition your tooth is in, contact your local dentist as soon as possible to have your crown examined and replaced.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Aug
20

Are There Any Risks to Getting a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown is far from a dangerous dental procedure.

Still, like any other dental treatment, there are some risks that you want to know about.

Sensitivity

The dentist has to trim down your tooth to properly fit the crown. Opening up your tooth this way temporarily exposes it to the elements and it can take time for the tooth to adjust to a crown. If the crown has unsealed openings, it can result in long-term sensitivity.

More Decay

Getting a crown is supposed to treat and prevent dental disease. But here again, if it isn’t properly placed or kept clean thereafter, it’s a ripe spot for cavities to grow unnoticed.

Jaw Pain

A crown that’s too high can meet the opposite teeth too soon, preventing the jaw from closing together all the way. This could cause some stress on your TMJ.

Periodontal Pockets

If you don’t floss your crown daily, you run the risk of accumulating a lot of plaque bacteria around it. An open margin on the crown can also trap germs. This can trigger a gum infection that destroys the bone around teeth.

Wear Against Opposing Teeth

Sometimes, a crown material can be too hard against natural teeth. Aggressive chewing with your crown could wear down the enamel of other teeth.

Nerve Damage

When a cavity gets big, it poses a risk to the nerve chamber inside the tooth. The dentist then has the tricky task of removing the damaged tooth material without nicking the nerve. If that happens, you’ll probably need a root canal.

With an experienced dentist and diligent oral hygiene on your part, your next crown will be very low-risk!

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

Aug
1

4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before You Get a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns transform teeth the instant they go on. They can anchor a bridge, “cap” an implant, restore a tooth’s strength, or even cover up an irregular tooth.

With crowns, you can restore virtually anybody’s smile. But before you get one, you should ask your dentist a few questions to make sure you’re prepared.

Is there a better option for me than a dental crown?”

You might think right now that a crown is the solution for your broken tooth. There are other options, however. Your dentist can explain the alternatives and help you decide which one is right for you.

What are the benefits of getting a crown?”

It’s important to understand why you should cover your tooth rather than leave it alone. Perhaps you were thinking about getting a filling instead of a crown. If you understand the functional benefits of crowning your tooth, you’ll be able to make a better decision for your oral health.

How long will my crown last?”

While you can’t expect a crown to last forever, a well-made one will hold up for a long time. The number of years varies depending on what the cap is made from and what conditions is has to live through (such as grinding habits, injuries, etc.)

How do I care for a crown?”

Your new crown doesn’t guarantee that your tooth is safe forever; it’s still susceptible to decay. You can make your crown last as long as possible by brushing and flossing it well every day. Your dentist may have other instructions tailored to your unique needs.

Does it sound like a crown is right for you? Talk to your dentist for more information.

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

Jun
4

Why Is My Crowned Tooth So Sensitive?

Posted in Crowns

It’s not unusual to complain of a sensitive dental crown. Take a look at the following common explanations to see if any of them fits your situation:

Newly Crowned Teeth

A lot of teeth are a bit sensitive for some time after getting a dental crown. The tooth isn’t exactly used to having its enamel replaced with a foreign material. Give your tooth a week or two to settle down and see if it adjusts.

What Is Your Crown Made Of?

Some materials are not so great at insulating your tooth. Crowns made of metal can quickly zap your tooth when you drink hot coffee or take a bite of ice cream. With time, your tooth can adjust to this, as well.

Check The Fit

If the dental cap slips a bit while it’s setting or has too much cement under it, this will affect your bite. Your tooth will probably be sensitive as a result and the dentist will have to adjust it for an even bite.

Extent Of Damage

Teeth that lost a lot of their natural structure are simply more exposed to the environment. If your tooth had decay very close to its core, the nerves there will be much more sensitive. If this sensitivity worsens, you may end up needing a root canal.

Recession Around Your Crown

It might not even be the crown at all that’s causing you problems.

If your gum line is receding or rolling away from the crown, then the tooth’s root surface will be exposed. That’s a very sensitive part of your tooth!

See your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any new symptoms or if your sensitivity gets worse.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Apr
17

What Can You Eat with a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You want to protect your new dental crown and make sure it lasts you many years. But neither do you want to give up your favorite goodies. With a few precautions, you can continue eating with dental crown as you normally do.

Eating with a Temporary Cap

Temporary crowns are made of plastic and do not fit like permanent restorations. They just protect your tooth until the final crown is ready. You should avoid letting crunchy or chewy foods get near your temporary crown. It’s not the end of the world, but it is annoying if it does come off.

Foods to Avoid with a New Crown

Don’t eat or drink for about 30 minutes after getting your permanent crown. This helps the cement to set firmly. Stay away from hard or sticky foods for the first 24 hours.

Watch your sugar intake – your crowned tooth is still just as prone to getting cavities.

Be very cautious about using a crowned front tooth to bite into tough foods. Sandwiches are fine, but whole apples, corn-on-the-cob, and biting meat off BBQ ribs could put jeopardize your tooth. A crowned tooth will never be as strong as a natural one, so you do need to be careful.

What About Staining Foods?

Your new crown shouldn’t pick up too much stain. The issue though is that it can’t get any lighter in color. It’s made to match your other teeth at the time your dentist places it. If you ever want to bleach your teeth, you can’t expect the crown to lighten as well.

Still have some more questions about your new crown? Contact your dentist before the procedure to find out more.

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

Jan
5

What Does a Dental Crown Feel Like?

Posted in Crowns

Your dentist mentions those dreaded words to you for the first time: dental crown.

Whether you’ve had dental before or not, you’re probably wondering what to expect from your first crown.

What It’s Like to Get a Crown

It’s your first crown…what’s the process like?

The first thing that happens is your dentist cleans away the damaged or infected tooth structure. Don’t worry…you’ll be numbed up with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing!

After the tooth is prepared, it’s time for an impression or scan to register the way your teeth naturally fit together. In most cases, a temporary crown is worn while you wait for the final one to be created.

Is Sensitivity Normal?

Yes, it’s quite normal for your tooth to temporarily feel more sensitive than normal just after getting a crown. This happens because the inner tooth layers are exposed to outside world for first time! Don’t worry – this sensation should gradually subside as your tooth adjusts to the new normal.

What Will it Look Like?

Most crowns today are made from materials like gold, porcelain, ceramic, and combinations of materials. A porcelain or ceramic crown is polished to look and feel just like a natural tooth. Some patients describe that their crown feels a little smoother than their other teeth, but most can feel any difference at all.

People have been relying on these incredible restorations for years. If you need a crown, there’s no need to worry. It will feel like a natural part of your smile in very little time! Contact your dentist for answers to all of your questions about dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Sep
18

4 Signs You Probably Need a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Most people don’t like hearing that they need to have a dental crown placed. The good thing though, is that a crown could end up saving your tooth! If you notice one of the following signs in your own tooth, then at least it won’t come as a shock if your dentist suggests a dental crown.

1 – A large fracture.

A very large chip in a tooth likely can’t be patched up with filling material. A crown will provide more structural support and protect the tooth’s delicate nerve chamber.

2 – Increasing sensitivity around a large and/or old filling.

This could be a sign that the filling has pulled away from the tooth a bit. This would lead to some sensitivity, especially if a new cavity has developed under the filling. Only a crown could sufficiently repair the damage.

3 – A large cavity.

A very large cavity that has eaten away much of the tooth is almost a giveaway that at least a crown is needed. Possibly a root canal, too!

4 – Your tooth looks like it’s getting flatter.

If you have a chronic habit of grinding your teeth, then your molars will show it. The force of grinding wears them down, putting them at risk for things like sensitivity, recession, and fracture. A crown will protect your tooth from these side effects.

Not sure where your tooth is at?

That’s okay – your dentist will be able to make the best diagnosis. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to begin treatment for your tooth. The sooner you do, the greater the chance that you may not need a crown, after all!

Posted on behalf of:
Family First Dental
419 N Yelm St
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-1000

Jun
25

How is a Dental Crown Made?

Posted in Crowns

So, you need a crown?

You’re probably here because you were told about dental crowns and you wonder how on earth a crown winds up comfortably fitting on a tooth. Having a custom crown made and placed is not as scary as it may sound. In fact, they are intended to save your tooth and improve your smile for years to come.

Preparing the Tooth

To fit the crown, a tooth naturally needs to have some of its outer layer removed. This is typically done to remove large parts of the tooth that have been damaged by fracture or decay.

Designing the Crown

After the dentist carefully drills away the unnecessary tooth material (you will be numbed for this!), an impression is taken of the prepared tooth and its neighbors. This mold is often sent off to a dental laboratory, which crafts the crown out of the material you and your dentist agreed upon.

Fitting the Crown

Your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown if you had to wait for your permanent one to arrive. At the fitting appointment, this temporary will be removed.

After checking the crown for a good fit, it will be cemented in place. Again, this will probably be a much smoother appointment with the help of some anesthesia! Your dentist will check the fit again and make sure that there is no excess cement.

That’s about it! Dental crowns are very routine restorations. They may be chosen to reinforce a tooth after a root canal or to replace large old fillings. A crown is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of! Contact your dentist for more information on how dental crowns are provided in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX
(713) 244-8929

Apr
6

Four Reasons You Need a Crown

Posted in Crowns

Has your dentist told you that you need a crown? If so, there are many reasons why your tooth may need this restoration.

What is a crown?

A crown covers an entire tooth above the gumline. Your dentist will first need to remove any decay and shape the tooth to hold a crown on top. You will typically wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is made and ready to be placed.

Four reasons why you may need a crown are:

Cracked tooth- When you have a crack in your tooth, this can cause pain when you chew. As you bite down on food, this adds pressure and causes your cracked tooth to pull apart. A crown will cover the tooth and hold it together to help relieve the pain.

Broken tooth- If you have a tooth with a large filling, that can weaken your tooth and cause it to crack or break. A crown would be needed to cover the tooth and keep it together.

Implants- Once a dental implant is placed into your jawbone, a crown is needed to place on top of the implant to function like a natural tooth.

After a Root Canal- When a tooth has a root canal procedure, the inside of a tooth is cleaned out and refilled which can make the tooth more prone to cracking. Your dentist will likely place a crown on your tooth after you have had a root canal to help prevent tooth fractures.

Do you think you need a crown?

Visit your dentist. They will be able to determine if a crown is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX
(713) 244-8929

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