Dental Tips Blog

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

Jun
19

What’s the Best Kind of Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are great options for protecting and restoring teeth. They hold together teeth that are fractured or have a new root canal. Crowns also treat large cavities by replacing missing tooth structure and sealing out future decay.

If you need a dental crown, then you face a decision: which kind of cap should you get?

Find out which kind of restoration is best for you by getting familiar with a few of the most common types available…

Gold Crowns

Gold crowns have the advantage of being the most durable. They’re a good choice for anyone with allergies or sensitivities to other metals. Ideally placed on back teeth, they stand up well to excessive chewing pressure.

Metal Crowns

A slightly cheaper option in comparison with a gold crown is one made from a base metal alloy. Metal crowns don’t require your tooth to be filed down as much as it would be for other kinds of caps. Metal crowns are also resistant to corrosion.

Porcelain Crowns

Would you prefer a natural-looking capped tooth? Porcelain may be the answer. Porcelain or ceramic crowns deliver the most aesthetic results.

Porcelain-Metal Combination Crowns

If you want a crown that delivers both strength and beauty, consider a porcelain-fused-to-metal option. These crowns are made from metal but coated with porcelain on the outside for a natural finish.

Clearly, each kind of dental crown has its strengths. It’s hard to label just one as the “best” when they each have a unique purpose. What works for one person may not be right for you.

Talk with your dentist to find out which crown is best for your tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Jun
19

Do You Really Need a Crown After Getting a Root Canal?

Posted in Crowns

You just had an emergency root canal done. Why does your dentist insist that you need to top it off with a dental crown?

Root Canals Weaken Teeth

The main reason for capping teeth after root canal therapy is to protect them. The root canal’s job is to remove the nerve from inside your tooth to eliminate pain and infection.

But what’s left is an empty shell of a nonliving tooth that’s now very brittle.

Endodontic therapy can be a bit traumatic to teeth, in that it involves removes a significant amount of material from inside of it. Yet, it’s essential to avoid an extraction.

You just went through the time and expense to get a root canal to save your tooth. It would be disappointing, to say the least, if you then had to get the tooth extracted because it broke during a meal.

Crowns Help Your Teeth Look Natural

A tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy can look a bit darker than normal. Capping it restores some of its beauty and helps it blend in with the rest of your smile.

When You Might Not Need a Crown

Some teeth actually do just fine without a crown after having endodontic therapy. These can include front teeth which aren’t responsible for a lot of chewing force. In some cases, a dentist might want to leave a tooth uncapped to make it easier to access in the event something goes wrong with the root canal.

Sometimes, a simple filling is enough to seal off treated area.

Your dentist will evaluate your tooth’s strength in determining whether or not it needs to be capped.

Contact an endodontist or restorative dentist near you to find out more about your options.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jun
18

Are Dental Crowns Bad for Teeth?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover teeth. They stay in place permanently with the help of a dental cement. Over time, crowns can also wear out and need to be redone.

However, none of this means that they’re bad for teeth.

Why A Dental Crown Is a Good Thing

Dental crowns are some of the best restorations your smile can have. They protect damaged teeth, reinforce vulnerable ones, and prevent decay and sensitivity from taking over.

Put simply, a crown could be your last-resort option that keeps your tooth in one piece.

So why do crowns sometimes get a bad rap?

The Downside of Dental Crowns

Some people dislike crowns given the fact that they permanently alter teeth and can even indirectly weaken them.

To get a crown, your tooth first has to be trimmed down. This is because a “cap” need to securely grip the tooth from all sides with room to fit into place. But this also means that from that point on, your tooth can never again be without a crown.

You’ll have to replace your crown if it breaks or if your tooth develops another cavity. There’s no option to just leave your tooth as-is. Sometimes, replacing a crown means that your tooth will have to be trimmed down further.

Getting a dental bridge can likewise be “bad” for your teeth. The bridge may suspend an artificial tooth over the gap, but it needs two capped teeth for support. Attaching a bridge to two perfectly healthy teeth with crowns does essentially shorten their lifespan.

Dental crowns are great restorations, but is getting one right for your situation? Talk with your dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

May
17

This Is How Long Your Dental Crown Should Last

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns have a lifespan ranging from 5-15 years. But how long you can expect your own cap to last depends on a few factors.

Which Kind of Crown Lasts the Longest?

Metal crowns, gold in particular, traditionally last the longest. But they aren’t the most durable by very much; porcelain crowns can also last quite a while, if taken care of.

Zirconia dental crowns are made from ceramic fortified with metal elements. They’re new to the market so there isn’t much data out there, but they seem to last just as long as metal ones.

How to Make Your Dental Crown Last

Oral hygiene and habits are the biggest factors in determining a dental crown’s lifespan. This means that you have some control over it.

Dental crowns tend to wear down or crack for a couple reasons:

  • Cavity underneath the crown
  • Uneven bite or unnatural pressure on the cap

As long as you carefully brush and floss around your crown, you should avoid getting more decay underneath it. Likewise, maintaining a healthy and natural bite will help prevent premature wear. There are a few ways you can do this.

Resist any urge to chew on pen caps or fingernails. This habit damages both crowned and natural teeth. Don’t use your capped teeth as tools for opening packages. If you grind your teeth, consider getting a mouth guard to protect your restorations.

Dentists today generally expect crowns to last a minimum of 10 years. That number will only grow as dentistry continues make progress. Find out more ways to make your current dental crowns last as long as possible by consulting a restorative dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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

White or Metal Crowns – Which Are Better for Kids’ Teeth?

Posted in Crowns

Has your child been complaining of a toothache? He or she might need to have their tooth capped.

What kind of crown should your child get: a white or metal one? Most likely, your dentist will recommend a stainless steel crown for your child.

Stainless Steel Crowns Are Easy to Place

Stainless steel crowns are fairly simple to form and place. This makes it easy to crown tiny teeth in wiggly mouths. Young kids can be anxious or uncooperative in the dental chair. If your child is small, then he or she may not be able to sit still long enough to have a detailed ceramic crown put in place.

Metal Crowns Are Cost-Effective

Stainless steel is also relatively cheap, compared with other dental materials. That’s a good thing since a capped baby tooth will soon just come out, anyway. The metal crown will keep the tooth safe and comfortable until it’s ready to come out on its own time.

Stainless Steel Crowns Are Durable

Your child may not be good at brushing their teeth if he or she is very young. Stainless steel caps are smooth and easy to clean and fairly resistant to dental plaque. Your child’s metal crown can last for several years without needing to be changed.

What if your child has broken an adult tooth, however?

A white ceramic crown may be a perfectly good option as long as the tooth is a permanent one. You’ll have to keep reminding your child of the importance of keeping the crown clean and safe as they grow up. Otherwise, a stainless steel crown may be needed temporarily until the tooth has fully erupted and matured.

See a dentist in your area for more suggestions on repairing baby teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Mar
3

Why Are Dental Crowns So Expensive?

Posted in Crowns

A single dental crown may seem expensive for its tiny size. But dental crowns pack a lot of worth into one small restoration.

What makes your next dental crown so valuable?

Dental Crowns Can Save Your Smile

If you get a crown, it can help save your tooth and avoid the need for a root canal or worse, extraction. Replacing a lost tooth can cost far more than a cap, alone.

Costs Vary by Material

You’ll pay the least for a metal crown, more for a porcelain crown, and probably the most for a gold crown. You can talk with your dentist about which material is best for both your bite and your budget. Keep in mind that the price you pay reflects the quality of the restoration you end up with.

It Costs a Lot to Run a Dental Practice

Your dental office has a lot of overhead costs associated with just running a practice, not to mention the lab they pay to hand manufacture the final restoration. These costs all factor into the price of almost any procedure, including dental crowns.

There’s office maintenance, utilities, employees’ paychecks, dental supplies, and more. Lab fees often make up a large part of the price for a crown; sometimes nearly 50% of the crown cost goes to the technician creating the high-quality restoration.

Teeth Make Up a Tiny Workspace

Your mouth is a small area to work on, and the tiniest details are crucial to your comfort and oral health. Treatments like dental crowns that protect small tooth structures take a lot of time and careful planning. This also adds overall value to a crown procedure.

Do you need a dental crown? Ask your dentist about your restorative options and convenient payment plans.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Feb
17

Are Dental Crowns and Veneers the Same Thing?

Posted in Crowns

Caps, crowns, veneers . . . all the terms may seem to blend into one. They each refer to a restoration that covers your tooth. But there are unique differences between crowns and veneers that make them quite different in what they do. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
3

6 Ways a Dental Crown Will Improve Your Smile

Posted in Crowns

Thinking about getting a dental crown? Here are six ways you’ll benefit by capping your tooth.

Chew Comfortably

You can’t properly chew food on the side of your mouth that has a broken or decayed tooth. By getting a crown, your bite will be able to withstand chewing again.

Less Sensitive Teeth

Dental caps protect a tooth from all sides. Granted, your tooth may be a little sensitive in the days right after you first get the crown. But for the most part, your new cover will protect your tooth and help your mouth feel more comfortable overall.

Whiter Teeth

You can make your dental crown any color you want. It doesn’t have to be so bright that it stands out, but it can definitely be whiter than the original tooth. Crowns are a good way to fix up teeth that stubbornly refuse to whiten when you bleach them.

Evenly-Shaped Teeth

Getting a crown can cover up the fact that your tooth is a bit twisted or even missing a piece. Caps provide a brand-new exterior all around the tooth, enhancing its shape and helping it blend in seamlessly with its neighbors.

Your Crown Can Support a Bridge

Are you missing a tooth next to the one that could use a crown?

Dental crowns can be designed to have a false tooth attached to fill in a nearby gap. This is called a dental bridge. Bridges need support from crowns on both teeth on either side of the gap in order to work.

Smile with Confidence

A dental crown will complete your smile and give you the confidence to show it off.

Contact your local restorative dentist to learn more about dental crown benefits.

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

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