Dental Tips Blog

May
20

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 first.

What Happens When Changing a Crown

Removing a dental 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
26

Think Your Dental Crown Is Too High? Why You Should Get It Checked Out Right Away

Posted in Crowns

A high dental crown is a common issue, but it’s not one you can afford to ignore.

Why Is Your Crown Too High?

After placing your crown, your dentist asks you to bite down to check the fit, seeing how it lines up with your other teeth.

However, there’s more to it than what the dentist can see. He or she will also ask you how the crown feels when you bite down. The problem is that you might be numb from the procedure. You can’t always feel how well the cap fits against your other teeth or may be unsure about what the right fit feels like.

Being too numb from anesthetic is the most common reason people end up with crowns that don’t quite fit.

What’s Wrong with a High Crown?

It’s usually a couple hours or days after your procedure that you start to notice how strange your crown feels. The crown may not bother you, at first, or you may even get used to it, so it’s easy to ignore the issue.

When a crown is high, that means it’s the first point where your upper and lower teeth meet. But in a healthy bite, all of your teeth should meet at the same time.

Even if your crown is only slightly too high, that will make a difference in your bite. This difference can lead to some very uncomfortable problems like:

  • TMJ pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Wear on the opposite teeth.

If you clench your teeth hard and the capped tooth hurts, that’s a sign the crown may be too high. See your dentist as soon as possible. Adjusting a high crown takes only a few minutes and will spare you a lot of irritation in the long run.

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

Oct
16

What to Do if You Lose a Crown

Posted in Crowns

It’s frustrating when a dental crown pops off. If it’s a temporary, at least that’s not a huge deal. You can stick that back on by yourself with a little dental cement from the drugstore. But it can be a bit scarier when a permanent crown comes off.

Here’s what you can do if that happens:

  1. Recover Your Crown

Try to salvage your crown from that bite of cheeseburger you lost it in. Clean it up well. Examine your tooth and the inside of the crown for any pieces of broken tooth.

  1. Try it Back On

See if you can put the crown back on your tooth without swallowing it. Don’t force it if it won’t go on easily – it could be backwards. If you can find its original position, then you’ll be able to put it back on with confidence.

  1. Recement (Or Pack It Up)

It’s a good idea to recement your crown (using that temporary drugstore cement mentioned earlier) if you know it’ll be a couple days before seeing a dentist. That way, you’ll keep your tooth protected and won’t lose track of your crown.

Otherwise, put the crown in a safe place. Don’t bite on the uncrowned tooth. If it’s sensitive, wrap it in a piece of chewed-up sugar-free gum.

  1. When It’s Lost for Good

If your crown ends up gone for good, you’ll have to talk with your dentist about replacing it. An old crown may be covered by your insurance.

Call your dentist as soon as you discover a loose or missing crown. Putting it off could be bad for your exposed tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles for Centreville
14245-P Centreville Square
Centreville, VA 20121
703-830-9110

Jul
31

A Crown in a Day is Possible!

Posted in Crowns

There are a lot of things that hold people back from getting dental work done:

  • Cost
  • Fear of pain
  • Shortage of time

Fortunately, there are advances being made all over the dental healthcare system which are alleviating these common patient concerns.

For example, new technology has made it feasible for folks to get a new dental crown (from start to finish) in a single appointment.

The main reason you would ordinarily have to wait weeks to get your crown is because it’s crafted in an off-site dental lab. This option is still quite viable because of the high quality of restorations produced in labs.

But in the interest of saving time, a lot of dentists have turned to installing an in-office milling machine and computer system that complete the project in one step.

Here’s how it works:

If you need a crown, your dentist will let you know and then schedule the appointment. At this visit, the tooth is prepared (damaged parts are cleaned away) so that a crown can fit over it.

Next, he or she scans your tooth and its neighbors with a special camera. This step eliminates the need for messy impressions. The scan zips off to a computer where your dentist can digitally manipulate it to design the most precise restoration possible.

Finally, these plans go to the on-site machine which hews your new crown out of a solid block of ceramic. You’ll try it on right then and there for a secure fit.

No more fussing with a temporary crown or waiting weeks for lab-made adjustments. You only have to take one afternoon off to get a new crown.

If this process interests you, ask your dentist about the options available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Rolling Hills Dentistry
53 North Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 743-0783

May
25

Are You Paying Too Much for Your Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You were quite proud of your lovely new crown. . . until a friend from across the country told you they paid a fraction of what you did for their own restoration.

What’s going on here? Is this dental extortion?

There are a lot of different factors affecting the cost of a crown.

Geographic Location

Prices at a particular practice are set based on the needs of that office. In the local economy, dental materials, lab services, utilities, and rent could be very steep. That will affect how high the dentist has to price his or her dental crowns.

If you need to find something that suits your budget a little better, it doesn’t hurt to shop around at offices outside of where you live.

Location in Your Mouth

Did you need to cap a front tooth that shows when you smile? Was your crown restoring a back molar? Crowning a dental implant?

The kind of support your tooth needs determines which type of dental crown you need. There is no one-size-fits-all crown.

More Than a Crown

You’re not responsible for just the cost of the crown, alone. As with any other procedure, you’ll have the quoted price and then the total price which adds in all the lab fees, exam fees, diagnostic fees, and such.

How Much Should You Pay?

Fees without insurance vary widely, but rough averages for here in the United States when you’re paying out of pocket usually cost around the following amounts:

  • Porcelain – $1,400
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal – $1,000
  • Metal – $1,300

Insurance benefits could help out a lot in defraying costs. Even if you don’t have insurance, ask your dental office about any savings options or provisions for financing your treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Jan
9

How Long Can You Wait on Getting a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You probably don’t have a new crown placed on the very day you’re told you need one. The time and investment needed for a new restoration often require that you postpone treatment until a more convenient time.

How long can you safely put it off?

Think About Why You Need a Crown

One of the first considerations is the reason for getting the crown. Some teeth can wait, some can’t.

Teeth that might be able to hang in there a while include:

  • Existing old metal crowns that you want to update with white ones
  • Teeth that need a crown for cosmetic reasons
  • A tooth slowly wearing away from a teeth-grinding habit

With issues like these, you might be able to plan treatment around next year’s tax return or summer vacation.

Other teeth, however, are a ticking time-bomb:

  • Extensive cavities
  • A failed existing crown
  • Large fractures
  • Failing, large fillings

No matter what, DO NOT attempt a self-diagnosis! A dentist who personally examines your tooth is the only one who can tell you how urgently you need a dental crown. Waiting too long simply because you feel it’s okay is inviting disaster. When in doubt, get a second opinion.

Get a Crown When You Need It

Familiarize yourself with your insurance plan. This way, you’ll have a good idea of your coverage and price range as well as the best time to schedule treatment. Take advantage of the payment plans in the dental office. Seize the nearest opportunity to get your tooth crowned. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that another will come along when you need it!

Do you need a crown or suspect that you might? Contact your dentist to schedule an examination.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

Jan
26

Is it Time to Replace Your Crown?

Posted in Crowns

If you have broken a tooth or you had a large cavity in a tooth, chances are that you have had a dental crown placed on that tooth to restore it.  In time though, like anything else, crowns can wear out.  How will you know when it is time to replace your old dental crown with a new one?  Visit your dentist regularly so your crowns can be examined to see if they need to be replaced.

Your dentist will likely want to replace your dental crown for the following reasons:

  • Damage to your crown- There are times when a crown will break, especially if the crown is made out of porcelain.  The porcelain (tooth colored) crown looks good but it is not as strong on the back teeth like gold crowns are.  If it is broken all the way through, it will need to be replaced.
  • Excess wear on crown- Like natural teeth, your crowns can wear out too.  Bad habits like chewing ice, grinding and clenching your teeth can all cause your tooth-colored restoration to chip or crack.
  • The crown doesn’t look good- If your tooth-colored crown has a chip and the metal underneath has become more visible, this won’t look good when you smile.  Also, if you want to whiten your teeth, the color will likely not match.  In either case, your restoration should be replaced.

Do you have any crowns in your mouth?  Have you had them for a long time?  Visit your dentist, who will gladly tell you what the condition of your teeth are as well as letting you know if any restorations are in need of replacement.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Oct
25

Caring For Your Porcelain Crown

Posted in Crowns

So, you just got a new pearly-white porcelain crown? Whether owing to decay or fracture, you chose to take a proactive approach and restore the tooth so that you can continue to use it. It’s now your responsibility to care well for this new investment. Carefully apply the tips listed here and check in often with your dentist to make sure your crown is staying in the best shape possible.

  • Your crown can be used as you would use your natural teeth – be sure you don’t use your crowned tooth in a way that would be unsafe for any other teeth! (i.e., opening cans and bottles, tearing threads and plastic tags, etc.)
  • Your crowned tooth (if no root canal therapy was performed) may be sensitive for a while after crown insertion. A sensitivity toothpaste may help relieve this.
  • Make sure to use enough fluoride via a rinse or paste to discourage decay around the crown.
  • Brush and floss regularly. Follow the dentist’s directions for safe flossing around a crown.
  • Remember that just because a tooth is crowned, it is not invincible! Proper brushing and flossing are still essential. It is possible for decay to develop under a crown at the margin.
  • Avoid chewing very sticky foods (like caramels) with the crowned tooth.
  • If you end up having some sensitivity on biting on the new crown, the height of it may need adjusting.
  • Using a water flosser may make it easier for you keep your crown and the surrounding gums clean.

After having a crown placed , stay in touch with your dentist so that you can continue caring for it for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

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