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Could You be Allergic to Your Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Have you ever heard of someone being allergic to his or her dental treatment? Specifically their dental crown? Believe it or not – it’s possible. Many types of crowns implement the use of metals (such as a porcelain fused to metal crown) that could cause irritation and sensitivity in people with allergies to particular metals.

How Do I Know if I Have a Metal Allergy?

Most people with metal allergies already know that they do. These are people who experience tissue irritation, swelling, or redness when they wear jewelry made of non-precious metals. For instance, costume jewelry like earrings or bracelets may cause their skin to itch and become red. These are the same types of people that may need to avoid the use of metal crowns when having their teeth treated.

What are Symptoms of Oral Allergies?

If you currently have a metal base crown that is causing an allergic response, your tooth will experience symptoms similar to gingivitis. Only you will know it is not gingivitis if you have excellent oral hygiene, floss around the crown daily, and brush along the gumlines. The gum tissue around that specific tooth will remain inflamed and red, regardless of your oral health status.

What Other Options Are Available?

Your dentist may suggest the use of a full porcelain crown (metal free), or a cast gold crown (for teeth in the back of the mouth.) It’s important to let your dentist know if you have metal allergies so that this can be taken into consideration when formulating your treatment plan.

Full porcelain crowns are a functional and beautiful way to enhance the health of your smile. Contact your dentist today to find out about the types of crowns available for your oral health needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center



Does Your Tooth Need a Crown?

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When is a filling not enough? When is it absolutely necessary to place a crown on a tooth, in order to keep the tooth healthy? Knowing when can prevent problems like expensive treatment or losing a tooth all together.

Teeth need crowns when:

•       They’ve had a root canal performed on them

•       A large break or fracture has removed a significant amount of the tooth

•       There is not enough tooth left to support a filling

•       Fractures from biting pressure are a concern

•       An implant is used to replace a missing tooth.

By placing a crown over your tooth, you can continue to preserve that tooth for several more years. By not placing a crown on the tooth, the brittle, damaged enamel will continue to break apart. This is especially important if your tooth is no longer vital after having nerve treatment like a root canal. The sooner the dental crown is completed, the better the outcome is for your oral health.

Crowns can be made to look and feel just like regular teeth. Most crowns used by dentists are ceramic or porcelain, which allows them to be custom shaded so that they’ll match your other teeth. These materials can be placed on just about any tooth, including the back teeth, because they are able to withstand normal everyday use like biting or chewing.

A typical crown is placed in 2 appointments. At the first visit the tooth is prepped and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth until the permanent one is ready. In about two weeks, the permanent crown is ready to be bonded into place on the tooth or implant.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC



Porcelain Crowns Restore Function and Health Anywhere In Your Mouth

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You hear your dentist say “this tooth is going to need a crown.” You picture a gold restoration or a tooth that looks not so natural when it comes to restoring your smile. Fortunately, modern porcelain materials allow full coverage crowns to not only restore health to your smile, but look great at the same time!

Porcelain crowns protect the underlying tooth structure that has been damaged or decayed. This full coverage will distribute pressure forces evenly, allowing the tooth to function normally from day to day. Crowns are also placed over teeth that are no longer alive, such as those that have been treated with a root canal.

The color matching process allows porcelain crowns to be used anywhere in your mouth. The shade of the material is carefully matched to the enamel on your nearby teeth, so that the final restoration will blend right in. Porcelain crowns can even be placed right on the front teeth!

Why choose a porcelain crown?

  • Restore function to your tooth
  • Enhance the appearance of your dental treatment
  • Improve your self confidence
  • They’re a durable, cosmetic alternative

What can you expect out of a porcelain crown? Everything that you would expect from a traditional crown. That is, function, comfort, and long-lasting success of your dental treatment. The final restoration will fit smoothly along your gum tissue without any rough edges that catch floss or food.

Quit putting your dental care off because you’re afraid of how it will look. With porcelain crowns, you can keep your mouth disease-free and be proud of it! For a second opinion or to schedule your treatment, call your dentist right away.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD


How Will My Dentist Fit Me For A Crown?

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A porcelain crown basically acts as a helmet to protect a tooth, which has had its integrity compromised either due to decay or due the tooth cracking or breaking.  In the case of decay, more than likely the tooth became infected and a root canal procedure was performed.   Cracked or broken teeth can occur for several reasons including accidents and trauma.  In any case, the crown is necessary to protect what is remaining of the tooth.

The process for fitting porcelain crowns begins with the dentist numbing the area around the tooth where the crown is needed.  Once the patient is comfortable, the dentist will reduce the height and circumference of the tooth, using various dental instruments.  After the tooth is reduced in size, the dentist will take an impression of the patient’s mouth using a substance similar to putty.  This impression is used to create a “mock up” of the patient’s mouth by the dental lab.  When the dentist is satisfied with the impression, they will then install a temporary crown over the tooth, using an adhesive, which will hold the temporary crown in place, until the permanent crown is fabricated by a dental lab.

In most cases, the dental lab will require 2-3 weeks for the dental technician to fabricate the permanent crown, once they receive the impression.  Great care is taken by the dental lab to fabricate a crown that will fit properly, without interfering with the patient’s “bite”.  After the dentist receives the permanent crown, the dentist will schedule an appointment with the patient to remove the temporary crown and then “dry fit” the crown, to verify that the fit of the permanent crown is perfect.  Once the dentist is satisfied, the dentist will use a permanent adhesive to “glue” it in place.  Once installed the crown will last for years and act like a helmet protecting the tooth!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates


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