Dental Tips Blog

Dec
12

Can’t You Just Fill It? Why Do I Need a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

With dental crowns costing more in terms of time and money, no one is ever thrilled to get a cap in lieu of a filling.

But why is your dentist pushing the crown over a filling?

It’s not the money-making scheme it may look like. There are legitimate reasons your tooth would do better with a crown than with a regular filling.

Crowns Vs. Fillings: Structural Differences

A crown isn’t a fancier version of a filling. A crown is to a filling what a skin graft is to a Band-Aid. Fillings merely patch up holes in a tooth. But when the damage goes beyond what a filling can repair, you’ll need a cap to preserve the structural integrity of your tooth.

Fillings are commonly made from a composite material that’s molded into a tooth. A crown is a restoration carved outside the mouth from a solid piece of material.

What Happened To Your Tooth?

The next logical point to consider is this: what does your tooth really need?

From your perspective, it might not look like there’s much going on with your tooth. But an x-ray could tell a very different story.

Dental imaging helps your dentist see beyond the surface to potential complications with bone, nerves, and blood vessels. An examination may reveal that your tooth is on the verge of developing an abscess or severe fracture and a crown could be just the ticket to buy you another five or ten years before needing a root canal.

So don’t wait too much longer! Get back to your dentist to find out more about the condition your tooth is in and what your best restorative options are.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX 77346
(713) 244-8929

Nov
30

The Dental Crown Process

Posted in Crowns

If you’ve never had a crown until now, then you’re probably wondering what to expect. Dental crown placement is a very routine procedure. It’s a very safe process, and with attention to detail your dentist can make your treatment a success.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown replaces the outer layer of a tooth. The damaged portion of the tooth is removed and replaced with a strong solid piece of material such as porcelain or gold.

A crown restores the shape and strength of your tooth so that you can have a healthy bite. There’s nothing as good as retaining your natural tooth, so it’s worth the effort to save it!

Before Prepping the Tooth

Updated x-rays and a dental exam will help you determine what happened to tooth, how extensive the damage is, and whether the root or nerve chamber was damaged at all. The treatment plan considers how many teeth need crowns and what each tooth needs.

Receiving Your Crown

When it’s time to work on your tooth, the area round it will be thoroughly numbed. The decayed or fractured part of the tooth is carefully removed and the healthy enamel is reshaped. After that, your dentist will take an impression and/or scan of the prepared and neighboring teeth.

Next, you’ll get a temporary cap to protect your tooth while you wait for a lab to finish designing your permanent crown. A few weeks later, the dentist will take off the temporary crown and cement the permanent one in place. Bite tests and x-rays are taken to ensure that your treatment was successful.

Think you might need a crown? If you have a tooth that’s bothering you, contact your dentist to schedule an exam.

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

Nov
18

Dental Crown Placement Procedure

Posted in Crowns

A crown is used to completely cap or “crown” a tooth that has suffered decay and is threatening the life of the tooth. If the decay has not reached the root of the tooth and the cavity can be fully removed, crowing the tooth will restore the mouth. Generally, dentists prefer crowing a tooth rather than extracting a tooth when able so as not to leave a hole in the mouth and dealing with resulting issues.

There are typically two steps to placing a dental crown on a damaged tooth. During your first visit your tooth will be prepared for the crown. Your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gum, and will then file the tooth down along the sides and top of the tooth to make room for the crown. After reshaping your tooth, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown as well as of the teeth above and beside. These impressions will insure that your crown fits properly in your mouth while chewing and biting. While the impressions are sent to a lab to make your permanent crown, your dentist will make a temporary crown to protect your exposed tooth.

At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your dentist will check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If the fit is properly aligned, your tooth will be numbed so that the permanent crown can be cemented into place. You may experience sensitivity to your crowned tooth when drinking and eating hot or cold items. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth will help to relieve this uncomfortable sensation.

Taking care of your crown requires the same care that normal teeth do. Frequent flossing and brushing, limiting sugar, and avoiding tobacco will help to keep your crown – and the rest of your teeth – healthy.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

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