Dental Tips Blog

Oct
20

Temporary Dental Crown Aftercare: What You Need to Know

Posted in Crowns

You’re still numb from the anesthetic. Your dentist has prepped your tooth down to fit under a new restoration. It’s been capped with a plastic or metal temporary crown.

What’s the next step? Here’s what you need to know.

Take Medications as Directed

Your dentist will give you instructions on taking medications for reducing pain or preventing infection. Follow those carefully to avoid complications.

Chew Carefully

Avoid chewing on your temporary crown for at least an hour after getting it put on. It’s safest to just chew on the opposite side of your mouth for now.

Floss with Caution

Flossing should be an important part of your daily routine, but you’ll want to give that tooth with the temporary crown a break. If the floss catches under the edge, it can pop the cap right off.

Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

Gently brush around your capped tooth with a desensitizing toothpaste. This formulation has minerals that will insulate your vulnerable tooth that’s just been covered by a temporary crown.

Call the Dentist if the Temporary Crown Comes Off

The temporary crown is there for a reason! If it comes off any sooner than the day you’re scheduled to get a permanent cap, then you’ll need to have it recemented.

Keep Your Dental Appointments!

Your tooth may have a pretty new cap, but the temporary crown is just that: temporary. It’s just a placeholder while you wait for the permanent crown to be finished up. You can’t leave it there and expect it to last indefinitely. It’s highly prone to leaking and popping off.

Rather than take your chances, see your dentist for the next appointment in the week or two after you get the temporary crown.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Oct
20

How Long After Getting a Dental Crown Will Your Tooth Hurt?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown is a pretty drastic experience for a tooth. After all, it’s losing its protective insulation and trimmed down before being capped with a foreign material. That’s quite a shock to a nerve-filled little tooth!

It’s normal to feel some discomfort after getting a crown. But how long is this supposed to last?

What You’ll Feel After Getting a Crown

You won’t feel much for an hour or more after your crown appointment. This is because it can take some time for the anesthetic to wear off. Until it does, your crowned tooth will feel numb.

After a few hours have gone by, however, you’ll likely notice a little discomfort in your tooth. Fortunately, this is easy to manage with an over-the-counter painkiller recommended by your dentist.

Dental Crown Sensitivity: Normal or Not?

Most cases of dental crown sensitivity are typical. It’s normal for your newly-capped tooth to feel sensitive around hot or cold temperatures or to ache a bit when you bite down on it. You may have to deal with this discomfort for a week or two after the procedure.

However, pain and sensitivity that lasts for more than two weeks is something you should call your dentist about.

Long-lasting pain after getting a dental crown could mean a few things, like:

  • A crown is too high or uneven, affecting the bite
  • The crown isn’t properly cemented to your tooth
  • There is some nerve damage to your tooth

Some teeth take longer to adapt to their new caps than others. If your crowned tooth hasn’t settled down after a couple weeks, however, call your dentist to have it checked.

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

Oct
17

What to Expect When You Get a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Are you scheduled to get your very first “dental cap”? Here’s what you can expect.

Preparing Your Tooth for a Crown

First off, anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth. The dentist will start trimming your tooth once you can no longer feel anything. This doesn’t hurt; you may just feel a little pressure.

The dentist preps your tooth into a slight cone shape. This allows the crown to fit securely without feeling bulky. Next, he or she will take a scan or mold of your mouth to use as the base for designing the crown.

It takes time to fabricate the crown by hand. So you’ll be fitted out with a temporary cap to protect your tooth while you wait.

Getting Your Permanent Crown

This appointment is fairly quick. You will likely need more anesthetic to keep your tooth comfortable, but everything will go by much faster than the last procedure.

Your dentist will lift off your temporary crown and clean away traces of the cement. He or she then puts in the new crown to check the fit. Once you’re both happy with it, the dentist cements the crown in place with a permanent bonding material.

You may need an x-ray taken of the tooth to ensure there are no gaps or excess cement. Then you’re on your way!

Remember, your new crown is “permanent” in the sense that it’s stronger than the temporary one. But it likely won’t last forever. You need to take good care of it to help it last for several years.

Ask your dentist for more information on getting and maintaining dental crowns.

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

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

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

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

Mar
27

Does Your Root Canal Really Need a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You just put all that time and money into getting a root canal. What’s the point of putting a crown on it? The tooth feels just fine. It doesn’t hurt. You know that the nerve inside is long gone.

Your dentist isn’t arbitrarily suggesting that you get a dental crown. There are actually a couple of very good reasons that you should do so.

  1. Your tooth is now compromised.

Drilling into a tooth to extract the nerve and clean out any debris is a big event for such a little part of your body. Despite being filled with a strong material, your tooth is now very weak and susceptible to breaking under the pressure of your bite.

This might not happen right away. Some people seem to have gone years with an uncapped root canal and not had any problems. But why take that chance?

If your tooth fractures, it will likely be beyond repair. You’ll have to get the whole thing extracted and all the work for that root canal will have been for nothing.

  1. Your tooth will look much better with a crown.

A tooth that has been extensively cleaned out for a root canal won’t look like it used to. Perhaps a lot of decay discolored your tooth before the treatment. Capping it will help it blend in with the rest of your smile.

When You Don’t Need A Crown

Teeth that don’t experience too much bite pressure can get away with a filling alone after a root canal. These sometimes include front teeth and canines. As long as they didn’t lose too much structure during the endodontic treatment, they can possibly get by without a crown. Talk to your dentist to find out for sure.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Jan
4

What Happens When You Get a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

The famous gold teeth of dental lore are the forerunners to today’s sleek and comfortable dental caps. While dental crowns can still be made out of gold, most patients seek out restorations made from more life-like materials like porcelain.

But you’ve probably wondered more than once: how is a crown placed?

First of all, you visit your dentist to find out if a crown is even the best option for your tooth. He or she will help you decide on a material that best suits the needs of your smile.

Appointment #1

To get started, the tooth is numbed with anesthetic and reshaped so it will fit under a “cap.” Next, a series of impressions is taken to make a mold for the crown and to get an idea of how your teeth fit together when you bite. This ensures your restoration feels natural when you chew on it. Afterwards, your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect the exposed tooth.

The whole first appointment usually takes less than an hour. Within two weeks, the dental lab will have finished up your final crown and your dentist will call you in to have it placed.

Appointment #2

This appointment should be even shorter than the first. Your dentist will lift off the temporary crown, check the fit of the new one, and then cement it in place. Once it’s bonded, the fit will be checked and adjusted again.

You’ll leave with some instructions for special care in the early days of getting a crown. Make sure to ask your dentist for suggestions on making your crown last as long as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
River Ranch Dental
203 George Hopper Rd #100
Midlothian, TX 76065
(469) 672-4245

Dec
5

How Long Will a Cap on My Front Tooth Last?

Posted in Crowns

You can expect a cap on a front tooth to last as long as any other. Dental crowns have an average life expectancy of ten years. Some hold out for fifteen years or even longer.

Reasons for a crown to fail include:

  • Teeth-grinding habit
  • Decay
  • Trauma
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Wear-and-tear

How To Make A Dental Cap Last

Dental crowns, like any other teeth, require regular cleaning to stay strong and beautiful. It may be a “permanent” cap and your tooth may feel nice and safe, but there is still a tiny margin where bacteria can sneak in. Don’t overlook your crown when it comes to brushing and flossing. Good hygiene can help your crown last at least a decade.

Disclaimers About Front Tooth Crowns

Crowning a tooth that shows when you smile typically takes more time than other crowns. This is because more detail and effort go into making it look nice. After all, it’s right there in the smile-zone where everyone will be looking!

That being the case, you’re going to want to be extra careful with your cap so that you don’t have to go through the process again. Every time you redo a crown, not only does it cost money, but it weakens your tooth.

It’s tempting to use teeth to open things like bags and packages and to tear off tags from clothing. Fight the inclination to use your teeth as tools! A crown could be damaged even more easily than a natural tooth.

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

Jan
10

Why a Dental Crown is NOT the End of the Road!

Posted in Crowns

Once a tooth is crowned, it might feel invincible. When the entire visible part of the tooth is covered up with a porcelain or metal cap, it’s easy to think it’s safe from the threat of decay.

In actuality, your tooth may be more at risk than before.

The Truth About Crowns

Even though a dental crown is one of the best things you can give your teeth, it’s no secret that it won’t last forever. No restoration can do that. All it can do is extend the life of your tooth. With time and wear, even a crown will need to be updated.

The crown appears to cover tooth, but it only does so until slightly below the gum line. If bacteria set up camp near the edge of the crown, a cavity can start at that piece of exposed root.

What makes this worse is the fact that you won’t know what’s going on. the cavity will spread unseen, hidden under the crown. Next thing you know, it’s time for a new crown, or even a root canal.

Make Your Crown Last

Who knows? Perhaps one day we will have restorations that last forever. In the meantime, you can do your part in making your crown last for 10, 15 years or more.

Dental caps will serve you well as long as you treat them right. Keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing. You still have to pay close attention to what you eat. Eating sugary and acidic foods frequently will take a toll even on teeth that are already crowned.

Schedule regular dental visits (and x-rays) to make sure that your crowns stay in great shape.

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

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