Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

Will My Dental Crown Last Forever?

Posted in Crowns

As much as you want your new dental restoration to last you a lifetime, crowns can only hold up for so long.

The good news is that there are a few ways you can make your dental cap last as long as possible.

Why Don’t Crowns Last Forever?

Natural teeth are very strong if they’re completely in-tact. Once they develop a crack or cavity, however, they’re compromised for good. You can only slow down the gradual breakdown by maintaining your damaged teeth with restorations such as fillings and dental crowns.

Even rock-hard dental crowns can’t last forever, though. They experience regular wear and tear from years of using them. Gold and zirconia crowns tend to last the longest.

Dental crowns also have an inside weakness: a susceptible spot right at the margin where the edge of the crown meets your tooth. This margin is generally safe as long as the crown is tightly cemented in place and the edge is protected by gum tissue. But it’s still a location where bacteria can leak in and start another cavity under the crown.

How to Make Your Dental Crown Last

Excellent oral hygiene is a must. Just because your tooth has a crown doesn’t make it invincible to decay. Bacteria can still undermine the strength and longevity of a crown so you need to brush and floss capped teeth daily.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure your dental crown is holding up as well as it should. If you can repair damage or replace it at the first sign of trouble, you can keep your tooth healthy for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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

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

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

Jun
18

Are Dental Crowns Bad for Teeth?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover teeth. They stay in place permanently with the help of a dental cement. Over time, crowns can also wear out and need to be redone.

However, none of this means that they’re bad for teeth.

Why A Dental Crown Is a Good Thing

Dental crowns are some of the best restorations your smile can have. They protect damaged teeth, reinforce vulnerable ones, and prevent decay and sensitivity from taking over.

Put simply, a crown could be your last-resort option that keeps your tooth in one piece.

So why do crowns sometimes get a bad rap?

The Downside of Dental Crowns

Some people dislike crowns given the fact that they permanently alter teeth and can even indirectly weaken them.

To get a crown, your tooth first has to be trimmed down. This is because a “cap” need to securely grip the tooth from all sides with room to fit into place. But this also means that from that point on, your tooth can never again be without a crown.

You’ll have to replace your crown if it breaks or if your tooth develops another cavity. There’s no option to just leave your tooth as-is. Sometimes, replacing a crown means that your tooth will have to be trimmed down further.

Getting a dental bridge can likewise be “bad” for your teeth. The bridge may suspend an artificial tooth over the gap, but it needs two capped teeth for support. Attaching a bridge to two perfectly healthy teeth with crowns does essentially shorten their lifespan.

Dental crowns are great restorations, but is getting one right for your situation? Talk with your dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

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
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 »

Sep
12

Is Your Crown Too High? Signs to Look For

Posted in Crowns

When you first get a new dental crown, your dentist will check that it fits and isn’t interfering with your bite before it’s cemented in place.

But it’s not unusual to get home and within a couple hours realize that your crown doesn’t feel quite right.

Here are some signs that you should get your crown looked at.

You can’t close your teeth together all the way.

Practice closing your teeth together tightly. Do this without any food in your mouth. If you can’t close all of your teeth together comfortably, then your crown is most likely too high.

You can’t slide your jaw from side to side.

Close your teeth snugly together and shifting your jaw from side to side. If you sense something near your crown is blocking your teeth from sliding together, then your crown may need adjustment.

You feel pain when you bite down.

A high crown doesn’t always hurt, but if it does you’re likely to notice it whenever you’re chewing food.

Pain in jaw muscles.

Your jaw will get into the habit of not letting you bite down on the uncomfortable crown. It won’t take long before your TMJ or cheek muscles start getting sore from being so tense.

Even if your crown is more annoying than painful, that doesn’t mean you can just ignore it. If your crown truly is a little high for your bite, then things will only get worse with time.

You’re looking at fractures, worn enamel, TMJ pain, temperature sensitivity, and even nerve damage.

Don’t wait if your tooth feels a little off! Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup to fine-tune your smile again.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Sep
5

The Top 4 Things That Will Destroy Your Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns, much like other dental restorations, are strong and durable, but don’t last forever. Most of today’s porcelain dental crowns are expected to last for about 15 years on average.

If you have a dental crown, you definitely want it to last a long time. More than 15 years, if possible.

Watch out for these four dental cap killers to keep your restoration in great shape:

Bruxism

Bruxism is a fancy term for grinding your teeth. It’s a habit that most often occurs while you’re asleep. If you clench your teeth or grind them each night, then that’s the perfect setup for a cracked dental crown.

Chewing Hard Foods

Crowns are meant to hold up to whatever forces natural teeth have to face. But chewing on ice isn’t something even natural teeth are built to withstand. Be cautious about what you choose to chew since hard objects can damage enamel and dental crowns, alike. Definitely don’t use them to open up things in lieu of a pair of scissors.

Contact Sports

A capped front tooth is in a precarious position if you’re into games like hockey, boxing, or any other contact sport. Wearing an athletic mouthguard is crucial to protecting dental restorations as well as natural teeth.

No Flossing 

Poor oral hygiene will allow plaque bacteria to collect around a crown and weaken the tooth underneath with a cavity. Flossing is especially important for removing germs from around the margin of a cap. 

Whether your dental crown has already suffered some damage or you want to learn more about how to protect it, contact your local dentist. A dental exam complete with an x-ray or two is the best way to check on the health of your smile as a whole.

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

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