Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

What’s the Best Kind of Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

No matter what it’s made of, a dental cap will make your damaged tooth look and feel better. All crowns protect and strengthen compromised teeth. Does it matter, then, which kind you get?

Here are the main types of dental crowns that you can choose from.

Metal Crowns

Silver-colored crowns are the cheapest in comparison with other kinds. They’re ideal for kids whose smiles haven’t fully developed, or for temporary purposes while adults wait for their permanent new crown. The drawback to metal caps is that you could have an allergy to one of the metals used in them. Also, they’re highly visible so they don’t look great when you smile.

Gold Crowns

Gold is the best kind of crown if you want something that will last for many years. It’s compatible with your body and gentle on teeth. Like other metal crowns, however, it’s quite noticeable on front teeth. They’re ideal for teeth further back in the mouth that have to withstand a lot of pressure from chewing.

Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns

Tooth-colored caps made from porcelain or ceramic are the best kind of dental crowns for creating the most natural look. These crowns make it easy for your dentist to monitor the health of your capped teeth since they don’t contain metal which obscures the view on x-rays.

Combination Crowns

The strength of a metal crown meets the beauty of a porcelain cap in a combination crown. These are beneficial for when you want the best of both options.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia is a material that looks like ceramic but has some trace metal elements that make it extremely durable. Zirconia crowns are best for teeth that suffer a lot of wear from teeth grinding.

Visit a restorative dentist to find out which kind of crown is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

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

Sep
10

Extra Charges You May See Added to Your Dental Crown Bill

Posted in Crowns

You’re surprised to get your bill and see a list of multiple other procedures in addition to your crown.

Those supportive procedures are necessary to successfully placing a crown. Here are some of the extra charges that you may see associated with your treatment.

Crown Buildup

If your tooth is weak or has little structure left to support a crown, then your dentist may need to build it up with filling material first. Some dentists can include the cost of this procedure with your total treatment estimate. But if you end up needing it unexpectedly after your treatment starts, then this can show up as an additional “major” dental service on your bill.

Root Canal

A root canal is another major expense that is separate from the cost of your crown. As with a post or core buildup, your tooth may unexpectedly need root canal therapy. Your dentist will let you know as you go along whether one is necessary, but it’s usually planned for in advance.

X-Rays

You might see a few diagnostic x-rays listed on your crown procedure bill. This is very typical.

Initial Exam

Did you see your dentist for a toothache and come out with a dental crown? That initial exam to check your tooth and assess it for a cap may show up on your bill.

When in Doubt, Get a Second Opinion

If you see suspicious additional charges to your dental bill or if the dentist can’t satisfactorily explain why you need a certain procedure, get a second opinion.

You can minimize confusion and unpleasant surprises by asking your dentist at the outset for clarification of exactly what your total treatment estimate should be.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Aug
5

How to Safely Replace a Dental Crown if It Falls Off

Posted in Crowns

What should you do if your dental crown suddenly pops off? Here are the steps that dentists recommend.

Recover the Crown and Check It

Locate your crown and any pieces that may come off with it. If your crown is loose, try to remove it entirely. This will lower the chances that it will come off and disappear during your next meal.

Look over your crown for any signs of damage. Check to see if there are any pieces of tooth left inside the cap.

The next step is simply to call your dentist to find out the earliest time you can come in to have your crown replaced. If it’s going to be more than a day before you can get to the dental office, then move on to the next steps.

Clean Out Your Crown 

Make sure your crown is free of food and debris on the inside. Scrub the inside with a toothbrush, rinse it, and dry it. You should also clean the tooth it fell off of.

Check the Fit

Try out your crown in your mouth. Put it over the original tooth and lightly bite down to check the fit. Make sure it’s oriented in the right direction by comparing it with the neighboring teeth.

Cement Your Cap

Using a temporary dental cement from a nearby drugstore, replace the crown on your prepared tooth. Wipe away the excess cement and let it set for a couple of hours before you eat anything.

Temporarily cementing your crown in place is the best way to protect it for a day or two.

Get to a dental office as soon as you can to get your crown reattached permanently.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

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

Jul
29

How Long Can You Expect Crowns on Front Teeth to Last?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are beautiful. They can transform your smile by covering up imperfections on your front teeth. They’re also valuable restorations as they provide an essential investment in your weak or decayed enamel. Naturally, you want crowned front teeth to last as long as possible.

Just how long can you reasonably expect?

How Long Dental Crowns Can Last

Most insurance companies will pay for a crown once in a five-year period. This means that they expect a crown to last that long whether it’s on a front or back tooth. Any concerned dentist would be disappointed to see a crown last less than 10 years. Many caps on front teeth last upwards of 15 years since those teeth don’t experience as much wear and tear as the back ones.

There is no guarantee, however, that your crown will last even five years if you don’t take proper care of it.

Make the Crown on Your Front Tooth Last

Dental crowns don’t just fall apart or fall off on their own. There’s usually an external factor that causes crowns to fail. Poor oral hygiene and habits like nail biting can shorten a restoration’s lifespan.

Do the following to ensure that your crown lasts as long as possible:

  • Brush and floss your crown daily
  • Use fluoride products
  • Wear mouth guards if you play sports or grind your teeth in your sleep
  • Avoid using your front teeth as tools to bite into hard foods or tear open packages

As it turns out, you have a lot of control over how long a crown on your front tooth can last.

Learn more about beautiful strong crowns for restoring front teeth by contacting a cosmetic dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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
9

Why Did My Dental Crown Fail?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns don’t last forever, but you do reasonably expect to get several years out of your new dental restoration.

You’re understandably disappointed whenever a crown fails prematurely. What causes some dental caps to so?

Crown Fabrication Error

It’s not common for crowns to come off after a dentist carefully puts them in place. But if yours pops off soon after placement, you should see your dentist to find out if it was just an issue with the cementing process.

Sometimes, a dental crown can fail because it’s just a little bit too high. Even a subtle height discrepancy (we’re talking fractions of a millimeter) between your crown and your other teeth can cause serious problems. Eventually, your crown can loosen up because of premature wear and fall off or crack.

Recurrent Decay

You play an important role in making your dental crown last. If you can’t keep your crowned tooth clean, then it will fail, just like any other tooth. Your capped tooth is not immune to decay; cavity can still form at the edge and then spread underneath the margins, making it come off. That’s why flossing and brushing capped teeth is so important.

Cracked Dental Crown

Your tooth enamel can handle small cracks. Teeth are even designed to tightly close up small cracks. But dental crowns can’t do that. Once cracked, they’re compromised for good.

A crown can crack from trauma, chewing hard foods, or grinding against the opposing teeth. Once your crown cracks, it’s only a matter of time before bacteria slip inside and eat away the underlying tooth which loosens the restoration.

See a restorative dentist for a check-up if you’re worried about your dental crown.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Oct
19

Can a Tooth Still Get a Cavity if It Has a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Your tooth may look well sealed-up after getting a pristine new dental crown. But the fact is, it’s not invincible.

Watch Out for the Margin

You’ve just had to go through a lot of “work” and possibly even a root canal. Before that, the tooth may have had a large cavity. You’d like to think your tooth is now set for life!

Dental crowns, however, have their limits. They only cover the tooth to a point that’s just below the gum line. Where the crown edge meets the tooth is called the margin.

Your dentist makes that margin as smooth as possible. But it’s still a prime area for collecting bacteria that cause cavities. When a cavity starts at the margin, it works its way under the tooth undetected.

Oral Hygiene a Must

To avoid getting a cavity under your new crown, you must do your part.

Brush daily with a fluoride toothpaste and carefully floss around your crown (and other teeth) to remove plaque.

If you are at high-risk for tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you extend the life of your crown by using a prescription fluoride gel.

No Crowns Last Forever

Gold crowns last a long time. Metal ones hold up to wear and tear. Porcelain crowns are strong and beautiful.

But there isn’t yet a crown that’s guaranteed to protect your tooth indefinitely.

That’s why you need to schedule routine dental check-ups. A dentist can evaluate your crown with examinations and x-rays to check for signs of weakness or decay in the tooth underneath.

So don’t put off your next dental visit! It could be just what your crown needs to avoid getting a cavity.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

 

Sep
17

Keep Your Dental Crown Strong with These 5 Tips

Posted in Crowns

No dental crown will last forever.

But with the proper care and keeping, your next dental crown could last for 15 or 20 years or more.

Brush and Floss

A capped tooth may feel safe from getting a cavity since it’s sealed off. It’s anything but, however. The margin where the crown meets your tooth is still a weak point where bacteria can sneak in and decay the tooth inside. A new cavity will weaken your crown and make it totally useless.

Pay special attention to crowned teeth while brushing and flossing to prevent plaque bacteria from building up around them.

Get Lots of Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens enamel. It can help prevent cavities from starting around the margin of your crown.

Don’t Use Crowns as Tools

Crowns are strong enough to hold up to the regular forces of biting and chewing. But they are just as prone to breaking as natural teeth if you use them as tools to tear off tags or open packages.

Avoid Hard Foods

Chewing ice and crunching on very hard items on a regular basis will weaken a porcelain crown. Treat it with as much love as you would any other tooth!

See Your Dentist

Regular dental checkups are vital to ensure that your crown is holding up to the forces of everyday wear and tear. Your dentist can alert you to signs that your crown’s days are running out.

Restorative dental products and technology are improving all the time. Your dentist is a great resource for learning more about long-lasting dental restorations. Ask your local dentist about how you can keep you next dental crown for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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