Dental Tips Blog

Jun
21

Here’s Why You Should Put a Cap on That Chipped Front Tooth

Posted in Crowns

Is your smile graced with a roguish chip in your teeth?

Like many others with a chipped front tooth, you may not be bothered by the look. The only thing that matters is that it doesn’t hurt.

Still, that tooth might need a crown more than you realize.

The Dangers of a Chipped Tooth

Your fractured tooth might not be in pain, but you might regret its sharp edge later on. Cracked teeth can be very rough. If you accidentally bump your lip, that edge could cause a deep and cut. A sharp tooth could go all the way through your lip if you got hit hard enough.

Chipped teeth are weaker than intact ones. They can’t distribute bite pressure evenly the way a whole tooth can. Your enamel will always be at risk of fracturing even more, the longer you go without treating it.

Crowning Extends the Lifespan of Cracked Teeth

Cap your chipped front tooth and you’ll give it enhanced strength. The crown will redistribute the force from chewing or injury and make your tooth more likely to survive for many more years.

Don’t Wait to Crown Your Tooth!

The longer you go without capping your tooth, the greater the risk. Dental crowns need sufficient tooth material to hold onto. But if your tooth fractures far beyond where the damage is currently at, it might have to be extracted. Not to mention, the next fracture will likely be a lot more painful than you had imagined.

Don’t wait. Put a crown on your broken tooth if you want to spare yourself discomfort and inconvenience in the months and years to come. Visit a restorative dentist to learn about other options that might be available.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Apr
25

Should You Change Out Your Metal Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Perhaps you got your metal cap years ago but now you regret having a silver tooth.

Should you upgrade your crown?

There are a few things to consider before replacing a metal dental crown with a porcelain crown.

What Happens When Changing a Crown

Removing a crown and putting on a new one isn’t like changing out shoes. Almost every time you get a crown, your tooth has to be freshly trimmed and shaped. This means that you lose a little more natural tooth structure each time you get fitted for a new restoration.

As you might guess, you tooth can only be whittled down so far and still be able to support a crown.

Be mindful that while changing out your crown for cosmetic reasons is still an option, you don’t want to do so too often or you could weaken your tooth.

How Old Is Your Crown?

If you’ve had your metal cap for ten years or more, then it has served you very well already. There is a chance that it could be hiding some decay underneath that you’re not aware of yet, and it might not even show up on x-rays.

Your dentist may recommend removing an old metal crown to see what’s going on underneath, and then recapping the tooth with a fresh white one.

But metal crowns tend to be the longest lasting of all dental cap types. If you’ve recently gotten one placed, there’s no need to change it out in a hurry and weaken your tooth further, unless your tooth is in pain.

You just never know for sure whether a dental cap is ready for replacement until you have it examined by a dentist. Call yours today to plan an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

Jan
6

5 Ways to Reshape Your Smile

Sometimes, you may find yourself looking in the mirror or at a photo and think: “I wish my smile wasn’t so uneven!”

Thanks to a few advancements in cosmetic dentistry, there are a several ways you can even out your smile and show it off with killer confidence.

Gum Recontouring

There may be nothing wrong with your teeth, themselves. Rather, excess gum tissue around one or two teeth may give the illusion that they’re uneven. A dentist or gum specialist can reshape your gums to look more natural.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Does your smile look crooked because of having an unusually small tooth or two? A cosmetic crown to reshape and cover it up entirely may be your answer.

Dental Veneers

If you want a lasting and natural-looking way to reshape your teeth, then veneers are the way to go. A veneer is a porcelain shell placed over a front tooth. It essentially replaces the outer layer of enamel and creates a brand-new appearance when you smile.

Cosmetic Bonding

Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that delivers immediate results. Small gaps and chips in your smile can be reshaped at a negligible cost with some tooth-colored and light-cured dental composite.

Botox

You didn’t see this one coming on the list of dental procedures!

Yet, it’s true. Minor procedures involving a product like Botox can help correct the way your mouth pulls up in a smile.

This kind of procedure isn’t available in just any dental office. You may have to ask around a bit to find a cosmetic dentist who is experienced in providing the service.

Get more suggestions by visiting a cosmetic dentist near you.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Nov
26

‘I Think My Tooth Is Cracked; Will I Need a Crown?’

Posted in Crowns

Does your tooth look or feel like it’s got a crack in it?

For one thing, your tooth may just have what’s called a “craze line” in it.

Craze lines are very shallow cracks that result from pressure on the tooth. They usually don’t turn into anything serious, but they can pick up stain over time and become unsightly. A little teeth whitening and professional dental polishing are enough to make your teeth look better without a crown.

But true cracks in teeth are serious, and you’d usually notice if you had one.

Is Your Tooth Really Cracked?

Cracked teeth bring symptoms like:

  • Pain upon biting and even when you relax a bite
  • Pain in general
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Cavities, if decay has set up in the fracture

Even a minor chipped tooth wouldn’t bring symptoms like those. Small chips in teeth can be repaired with dental bonding. But those bigger cracks usually need to be repaired with a dental crown, at the least.

Why a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns provide support, protection, and beauty for a fractured tooth. Also called caps, crowns cover the entire part of the tooth that shows above the gum line.

A crown is good for holding a tooth together and preventing further damage, but if the crack is deep enough, you may also need a root canal. Afterwards, the tooth can be covered.

Find Out What Your Cracked Tooth Needs

Whether your tooth is obviously very damaged or you’re just a little concerned about what looks like a crack, you should see a dentist.

A dentist can take an x-ray of your tooth to find out whether or not it needs treatment. Call today to schedule.

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

Aug
3

What’s the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Posted in Crowns

Both veneers and crowns replace a portion of your tooth’s outer layer. They can both be placed for cosmetic purposes. They can also both be placed on front teeth…but that’s where the list of similarities ends.

Purpose

The reason you would get a dental veneer may differ from the reason you need a crown. They serve two different purposes.

Crowns are restorative, meaning that they repair and replace lost tooth material. If you have a tooth damaged by decay or a fracture, it will need the help of a crown to stay in one piece.

Veneers are merely cosmetic. You’d put on a veneer or two if you want to enhance the way your smile looks, but they don’t have much value in terms of strengthening a tooth.

Coverage

A veneer is basically a curtain over your tooth. It covers the front of the tooth, but not the entire thing. Crowns, however, replace all of the outer layers enamel and protect whole teeth.

Strength

Crowns are far stronger than dental veneers.

You can crown any tooth in your mouth that needs more support, but veneers only go on front teeth where they won’t experience too much biting pressure. Crowns better suit molars that need the extra reinforcement.

Cost

Because veneers are strictly a cosmetic procedure, it’s very rare for dental insurance plans to cover their cost. You need to be prepared to pay for veneers out of pocket in most cases. Financing options make this fairy easy.

Dental crowns, on the other hand, are often a medically necessary treatment to stop decay and restore tooth structure. This means that they’re usually covered under insurance.

Still not sure whether you need a crown or veneer? Visit your dentist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Feb
16

Why Do I Need a Crown if My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?

Posted in Crowns

When a dentist recommends removing the outer layer of your tooth to make room for a costly crown, he or she has a good reason for doing so.

But your tooth isn’t bothering you, so why bother with a dental cap at all? 

Before it strikes a nerve

A tooth starts to hurt when the nerve deep inside is exposed to air or bacteria. Fracture and decay are the most common causes. It can take time for the damage to reach the nerve, however.

But therein lies the key: time.

These things don’t always happen overnight.

The damage can be well underway but you won’t realize it until it’s too late to save the tooth. By the time your it hurts, that could mean that the nerve is so damaged that you’re left with two options: extraction or root canal.

A dental crown is the way your dentist saves your tooth and protects the sensitive nerve within. This will buy you several more years to hold onto your natural tooth.

Need more proof?

Most dental offices are equipped with tools to detect problems and make them easier to avoid. Your dentist can use the following technology to show you where your situation lands in terms of seriousness:

  • X-rays
  • Photographs with an intraoral camera
  • Models and diagrams

Serious dental problems can take root long before you feel any symptoms. It’s scary news, but it’s the kind you can’t ignore.

Don’t let a fracture or abscess throw off your busy schedule and interfere with your life. Stay on top of your oral health by visiting your local dentist for regular dental checkups.

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

Aug
29

What Are Temporary Crowns Made Of?

Posted in Crowns

Planning to get your first dental crown? You’re probably a little anxious about what to expect. You’ve heard that you’ll need to wear a temporary for a couple weeks.

Will anyone notice?

What if it comes off?

What does it look like?

These and many other questions are rattling around in your mind!

Why You Need A Temporary

If your dentist were to just put a cap over your tooth as is, it couldn’t fit. Even if it did, your teeth would be sore and you wouldn’t be able to bite properly. Additionally, any decay and damaged parts of your tooth have to come out first to keep your tooth healthy.

This is why your dentist will trim your tooth to receive a customized crown. But doing so leaves your tooth sensitive and susceptible to fractures. Your permanent crown takes a little time to create, so your tooth will just have to wear something else, in the meantime.

Getting A Temporary Crown

Your dentist will have some dental crowns on-hand and ready to go at the time your tooth is prepped. He or she should be able to shape it a bit and maybe even adjust the color to look like your old tooth.

Your final restoration will be a much closer match in terms of look and feel. But the temporary crown will get the job done. Your dentist will use a temporary cement so that it can easily be popped off when you come back for the permanent one.

In the meantime, avoid eating chewy or crunchy foods on your temporary to keep it in place. Your dentist will let you know what else to do to keep your tooth safe!

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Jun
4

Why Is My Crowned Tooth So Sensitive?

Posted in Crowns

It’s not unusual to complain of a sensitive dental crown. Take a look at the following common explanations to see if any of them fits your situation:

Newly Crowned Teeth

A lot of teeth are a bit sensitive for some time after getting a dental crown. The tooth isn’t exactly used to having its enamel replaced with a foreign material. Give your tooth a week or two to settle down and see if it adjusts.

What Is Your Crown Made Of?

Some materials are not so great at insulating your tooth. Crowns made of metal can quickly zap your tooth when you drink hot coffee or take a bite of ice cream. With time, your tooth can adjust to this, as well.

Check The Fit

If the dental cap slips a bit while it’s setting or has too much cement under it, this will affect your bite. Your tooth will probably be sensitive as a result and the dentist will have to adjust it for an even bite.

Extent Of Damage

Teeth that lost a lot of their natural structure are simply more exposed to the environment. If your tooth had decay very close to its core, the nerves there will be much more sensitive. If this sensitivity worsens, you may end up needing a root canal.

Recession Around Your Crown

It might not even be the crown at all that’s causing you problems.

If your gum line is receding or rolling away from the crown, then the tooth’s root surface will be exposed. That’s a very sensitive part of your tooth!

See your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any new symptoms or if your sensitivity gets worse.

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

Dec
23

Benefits of White Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Why choose the natural look over a traditional combination crown?

More and more patients are going for a full porcelain or ceramic restoration for two very important reasons.

  1. They Look Great!

Really, no one has to know that you have a crown at all. This is especially important if you want to hide a damaged front tooth.

Even the combination porcelain-and-metal crowns can pose a problem. When gums recede, the metal line of the inner layer is visible. Avoid this altogether by choosing a solid porcelain crown instead of one with a metal base. If your gums recede, you won’t have to worry about a “grey line” showing.

  1. They’re Easier to Monitor

A metal layer in your crown will block out a large area in an x-ray. Lighter materials such as porcelain or ceramic allow more x-ray energy to pass through them and generate a clearer image.

It’s possible that some crowned teeth can become reinfected with decay. Dental x-rays reveal such developments. But if you have a metal crown, you might not see a cavity until it’s too late. A more x-ray-friendly material like a ceramic gives you an idea early of what’s going on with your tooth.

Your dentist is your best source for finding out what kind of crown is right for you. Individual needs and the longevity of the crown material used will both factor into the decision. Different types of crown have different advantages.

In any case, don’t wait too long to crown a tooth that needs it! Schedule a checkup with your dentist to keep your smile strong.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbia Dental Center
915 N Main St #2
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 281-6161

Nov
25

What if My Dental Crown Feels Too Big?

Posted in Crowns

It happens on occasion that a new crown doesn’t feel like it’s fitting as it should. If you run into the problem of feeling that your crown is too big, what can you do about it?

Definitely don’t wait too long! A poorly fitting crown can lead to problems down the road.

What If You Just Tough It Out?

Maybe you notice a slight difference in your crown, but you don’t think it’s a big deal. Is it worth the effort to have it adjusted? Yes, and more than you may imagine!

Leaving a crooked dental crown unadjusted will make your bite uneven, which can lead to:

  • Muscle soreness
  • TMJ pain
  • Uneven wear on teeth
  • Sensitivity
  • Root canal therapy

Obviously, each of these complications will lead to other problems of their own. Don’t take a nice even bite for granted!

How Your Dentist Will Fix the Crown

The good news is that your dentist won’t have to completely remove the crown to make an adjustment. Instead, he or she will have you bite down on a special slip of paper. This test will show which teeth are coming together more closely than others. It will also show what surfaces on the crown need adjustment.

Next, the dentist will use a drill to carefully polish down the areas of the crown that are a little too high. The change can be subtle, but you will feel the difference!

Getting used to any new dental restoration does take time. But if your crown still feels big after a week of having it, then you should call your dentist for a follow-up appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

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