Dental Tips Blog

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

Apr
15

Caring for Your Dental Crown: Three Tips

Posted in Crowns

Your new crown looks so pristine. It was a good piece of work, too! After waiting patiently in the dental office, the finished product is here and you want to help it last for as long as possible.

Here’s what you need to do to make sure your crown stays in great shape:

  1. Brush and Floss Daily

Yes, your new cap has completely restored all the damage done to your tooth. But that’s hardly the end of the road. The edge of your crown where it meets your tooth is a vulnerable area that can still develop a cavity.

Besides this, your dental crown can still host some bacteria that irritate gum tissue and lead to problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

That’s why it’s so important to brush twice a day and carefully floss around your crown every day, too. Take note – flossing will not cause a healthy crown to fall off! If flossing is challenging, you may find that a water flosser is a good way to clean around it instead.

  1. No Hard Crunchy Foods

Just because your tooth looks and feels stronger with its new crown doesn’t mean it is tougher than your natural teeth. A habit of chewing on ice or other hard objects can quickly wear down a porcelain crown or even fracture it.

  1. Avoid Bruxism

Do you have the habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep, also known as bruxism?

Your dentist can place an extra strong type of crown to avoid wear. It might be a good idea to invest in a night guard to protect your other teeth as well.

Talk with your dentist about other ways you can get the most out of your new restoration.

Posted on behalf of:
Lakewood Dental Trails
10252 W Adams Ave
Temple, TX 76502
(254) 434-4035

Jan
7

3 Options for Flossing Around Your Crown

Posted in Crowns

Your dental crown is an important part of your smile. Not only does it protect a tooth and let you chew comfortably, but it completes your smile. You want to do all you can to make it last.

Here are a few ways you can floss to keep your crown (and surrounding teeth) clean, strong, and long-lasting.

  1. Traditional Floss or Tape

Your dental crown should touch shoulders with neighboring teeth. If it doesn’t, food is likely to get trapped in the space and cause gum irritation. Where teeth touch is called the “contact.” Regular floss is designed to work in these areas, no matter whether it’s a tooth or crown.

  1. Textured Floss

Textured floss is great for the back of a crown on the last tooth in a row. If the crown doesn’t have a neighbor, the fluffy portion of the textured floss is great for wrapping around the back.

It’s also ideal for bridges. You can slip one end of the floss under the bridge and then gently scoot the absorbent part back and forth as you sweep it under the pontic and shimmy it around the crowns to make sure you’re mopping up as much bacteria and debris as possible.

  1. Water Flosser

A powered flossing device packs a little more oomph and detail in areas a toothbrush can’t reach. It accesses places that your fingers might not be able to either.

Using a powerful yet gentle stream of water, the flosser is great for flushing plaque away from a crown that may irritate gum tissue around it.

Are you looking for the perfect crown-cleaning solution? Ask your dentist for more suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

 

Mar
6

Caring For Your Crown

Posted in Crowns

You’ve just received your permanent, custom crown. Now you’re wondering how to keep it in great shape so that it will last as long as possible. Typically, you can treat your crown as though it were a natural tooth, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

Temporary Sensitivity

The tooth that was restored might be mildly sensitive for a week or two.  In order to prepare your tooth for the crown, the tooth had to be reduced in size, which may cause some nerve sensitivity. Any discomfort you may experience is typically mild and should any pain management be needed, it can be achieved with over the counter medications.

Uncomfortable Bite

When a tooth is restored with a dental crown, your dentist carefully adjusts the crown and checks to insure that your bite is correct.  Should you notice that your bite is uncomfortable or feels off in any way, please contact your dentist for an evaluation and adjustment, if needed.

Avoid Sticky, Hard Foods

The cement used to apply your crown cures over several hours. While the cement holds the crown on very securely, some caution should be observed when eating for the first day.  Avoid sticky foods that might grab and loosen the crown, such as caramel or chewing gum.  Hard foods may also dislodge the restoration at first.  Foods such as raw vegetables and hard candy should be avoided for a day or two.

Good Oral Hygiene

Where the crown meets the tooth, decay can still develop.  It’s important to practice good oral hygiene to prevent future dental problems form occurring.  Remember to floss around your crown daily to keep it clean. Don’t worry about it pulling your crown out, as it won’t cause any problems as long as the crown is secure.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

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