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Dental Crowns: What Are They and Why Get One?

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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


Does Your Root Canal Really Need a Crown?

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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


What Happens When You Get a Dental Crown

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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


How Long Will a Cap on My Front Tooth Last?

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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


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

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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


What Happens Before You Cap a Tooth?

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“Capping” a tooth is a little more involved than slipping a metal or porcelain cover over the top of it. Here’s what goes on behind the scenes to prepare your tooth for a dental crown:

Treatment Planning

No treatment is any good unless it’s based on accurate and current x-rays. Your dentist needs an x-ray or two of the tooth in order to see just how much damage is there.

In the planning phase, you and your dentist will talk about how the crown should fit. You’ll also consider these questions before selecting a dental cap: Do you grind your teeth? Will the crown support a bridge? Do you prefer a metal or white restoration?

The Preparation

When the planning is all done, your dentist will schedule an appointment to prep your tooth. This is when he or she trims away the damaged part of the structure. Next, a scan or mold is taken of what’s left, and use to record and design the new crown.

You’ll probably get a temporary cap to wear while you wait on the final product. When it arrives, the crown gets cemented into placed and checked for a secure and comfortable fit.

What You Should Do

A dental crown could save your smile. If you notice things in your tooth like:

  • A fracture or large chip
  • A large cavity
  • Unusual sensitivity
  • Pain

Then you should schedule a visit to your dentist. It’s never safe to conclude that you’ll only need a filling! To find out for sure whether or not your tooth needs treatment, you’ll need a dental professional’s opinion. Call your dentist to see if a crown is the answer.

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


Is a Cap the Same As a Root Canal?

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If you’ve never had more than a simple filling done, it’s easy to get dental terms mixed up! Root canals and “caps” (crowns) are two different procedures, but can sometimes be done together.

What A Dental Crown Does

Your tooth’s natural crown is the outer layer that’s visible above the gums. If this crown is damaged by fracture, wear, or a large cavity, then it needs to be replaced. The entire tooth is carefully trimmed so that the replacement crown, or cap, will fit.

Fitting your tooth with a crown protects it from more decay and fracture. It gives your tooth strength so that you can eat and smile with no difficulty.

Root Canal Therapy

The inside of your tooth and its roots contains nerves (pulp) and blood vessels. Your tooth is alive! If a cavity grows and reaches the pulp of your tooth, these delicate nerves will be compromised. Your tooth will be infected. That’s how an abscess starts.

A damaged or infected pulp needs to be removed or else you will be in a lot of pain. The infection can spread from your tooth and harm other parts of your mouth. In a special procedure, the inner part of your tooth is removed and replaced with a filling-like material. Also known as a “root canal.”

In most cases, a tooth will need to be protected by a crown after a root canal. But if the crown (cap) is all you need, then you don’t need to worry about a root canal. By getting a crown when it’s recommended, you can even spare yourself from needing a root canal down the road!

Ask your local dentist about which restorative options will benefit you the most.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013


Crowns and Bridges

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Once a tooth has a very large filling, as the tooth and filling begin to age there is less tooth to work with for future treatments. Maintaining the structural stability in these teeth mean that covering its entire surface is the only way to help it maintain the strength to handle every day chewing. A crown does this for us.

Sometimes called a “cap”, dental crowns cover the entire surface of a tooth above the gumlines. Crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. The material is based depending on the area to be treated and the patient’s personal preferences. Porcelain crowns are made to match the rest of the teeth in the mouth, so that they appear as natural as possible.

Crowns are also used in dental bridges when a person is missing one or two teeth. For crowns and bridges, a crown is placed on the teeth adjacent to the area of the missing tooth, and a pontic crown is fused between the two, creating the appearance of a tooth between them. These bridges function for chewing the way any other dental crowns would. The only difference is that there is an area beneath the bridge that does require an extra step in daily oral hygiene routines.

For teeth that have large fractures or decay, failing to place a crown on the tooth will ultimately result in further fractures and eventual loss of the tooth. Sometimes the nerve of the tooth can become infected if a crown is delayed, resulting in the need for a root canal. Crowns are used when a tooth is treated with root canal therapy, in order to protect the stability of the non-living tooth structure that still remains.

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