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Can Cosmetic Dental Restorations Stain?

Your smile looks great with its sparkling-white veneers, crowns, or dental bonding.

But can those white restorations ever discolor with time? If so, can you bleach them back to their original brilliance?

Stained Fillings, Crowns, and Veneers

Many white dental restorations are made from porcelain. Fortunately, this material by itself does not stain easily because it doesn’t have pores for pigment to settle into.

But the edges or margins of veneers and porcelain fillings can accumulate stain. Once that happens, your restorations will stand out and no longer blend in with the rest of your tooth.

Dental fillings made from white composite resin are also susceptible to the same discoloration with time.

Prevent Stain on Your Dental Work

Materials like porcelain that are usually non-porous can pick up surface stain when damaged. If you scratch up a porcelain restoration by using a hard toothbrush or gritty toothpaste, then it may discolor.

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently around your teeth. Try to select a less-abrasive toothpaste, as well.

Limit the amount of staining foods and drinks you expose your teeth to. Choose plain water over soda, tea, and coffee as much as possible. Rinse well with water after meals, especially those containing berries, curry, or tomato sauce.

Once stain settles in on or around a white dental restoration, there isn’t much you can do to remove it. Bleaching your teeth may help bring the color of your natural teeth back to their former brightness but it won’t lighten any synthetic materials.

If you have a stained cosmetic dental restoration, ask your dentist about replacing it. Book a six month cleaning to polish away surface stains and to get tips on preventing additional discoloration.

Posted on behalf of:
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994


Caring for Your Porcelain Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

When maintained properly, your new porcelain crown can last for several years. Just like a natural tooth, crowns require attentive home care to prevent problems that can pop up – like cavities around the edge of the restoration, staining and fractures to the material.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your crown strong:

#1 – Floss Around it Each Day

People that do not floss around their crowns are more likely to develop gum disease and gingivitis around the tooth. Even if the gums are sensitive at first, daily flossing will help keep them healthy and tight around the tooth and crown. Wrap the floss tightly around the tooth and slide it up and down below the gumlines a few times on each side of the tooth.

#2 – Brush Along the Gumlines

The edges of crowns are notorious for collecting bacterial plaque, which triggers gum inflammation and then gum disease or staining around the edges of the crown. Gently brush the gumlines to keep them clean. Don’t scrub too hard though, or the gums may actually recede, making the margin of your crown more noticeable.

#3 – Wear a Mouth Guard / Night Guard

Do you clench your teeth or grind them at night? The excessive wear of your teeth doesn’t just cause broken or chipped tooth enamel – it can also create fractures to your porcelain restoration. Wearing a night guard or bite splint will remove the stress from your restoration so that it lasts longer.

#4 See Your Dentist Regularly

If problems like enamel demineralization are beginning to start around the edge of your crown, your dentist can help you reverse them – but they need to be caught quickly!

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


Are Porcelain Crowns and Veneers Strong Enough for Your Smile?

Posted in Veneers

Many of the materials used in dentistry today have shifted from precious metals and metal alloys to resins, composites, and porcelain types of restorations. While these are more aesthetic and can be used throughout the entire mouth, are they as durable over the lifespan of your smile? The truth is – yes!

With modern advancements in dental materials and treatment techniques, patients who opt to have porcelain restorations like crowns and veneers are able to rebuild their smiles while also benefitting from aesthetics. Beauty and form come together!

There are different types of resins and porcelains that are used, depending on the type of treatment you’re having and the lab that is used by the dentist. Careful attention to the location of the tooth as well as its function plays a key role in this design process. Since porcelain crowns and veneers come in dozens upon dozens of shades, they can be closely matched with your other teeth and blend right in with your natural dental anatomy.

Repairing your tooth with a porcelain crown can be one of the best investments that you ever make. Weak, broken teeth will continue to break down until the tooth is no longer restorable. Placing a crown over it preserves the tooth, returns normal function, and looks great all at the same time. Likewise, porcelain veneers can cover mild to moderate abnormalities on the front of the teeth while also giving you a durable, beautiful tooth in the process.

If you’ve been holding out on necessary oral care because you’ve worried that new “aesthetic” materials aren’t durable enough, it’s time to think again!

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222






How Long do Crowns Last?

Posted in Crowns

When our teeth don’t last forever, we have to find a way to restore them so that they will. Although most dental restorations don’t last a “lifetime,” there are a few options that last several years and can return our smile to its natural function. One of those is full-coverage crowns.

Although some insurance plans cover dental crown replacement every 5 years, the majority of dental crowns last 10 years or more, especially when properly cared for. Keeping the area around your crown clean will help prevent new tooth decay from developing around or underneath the edges of the restoration. Otherwise new decay can cause the crown to fail and require complete replacement sooner than necessary.

Your bite can also affect the life expectancy of your crown. For instance, if you grind or clench your teeth excessively, your crown can be worn through (if metal) or chipped away (if porcelain.) Your dentist can assess your biting patterns to screen for signs of bruxism and make a custom bite guard if necessary.

Routine preventive care appointments are one of the most important steps in extending the life expectancy of your crown along with all of your other dental treatment. During your cleaning, exam and x-rays, your dentist will identify factors that could contribute to more significant problems later on, including the need for crown replacement.

If it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental visit or you’re beginning to suspect that something is wrong with your current crown, it’s time to schedule an exam. Any changes in your crown such as fit or feel should be addressed as early as possible.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618



Does Your Tooth Need a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

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



The Dangers of Oral Piercings

Posted in Crowns

Oral and facial piercings are becoming increasingly common. From tongue rings to cheek or lip piercings, all of these can affect the health of your smile as well.

Fractured Teeth

A broken tooth happens when you least expect it. Most fractures from oral piercings happen during meals, when you’re chewing on a mouth full of food and your tongue gets in the way…the next thing you know, you’ve just bitten down on your tongue stud and broken a molar in half. Even people that have had piercings for years can have it happen to them. Unfortunately, these large fractures often require full coverage dental crowns in order to restore the tooth and prevent it from continued breakage. 

Gum Recession

Lip (or cheek) piercings will gradually rub against the tooth and gum tissue on the inside of the mouth. This continued rubbing of metal against the soft tissue will cause gum recession to occur. Gum recession causes the roots of the teeth to be exposed, which causes tooth sensitivity, loss of support, and esthetic concerns. The only way to restore an area of gum recession is to complete a gum graft over the area and discontinue wearing the piercing before it relapses.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC




Making Your Crown Last

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are full-coverage restorations that help preserve the health and function of your teeth. They cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gumlines, but they are still susceptible to outside factors that can influence their long-term success. Knowing how to take care of your dental crowns can help them last as long as possible.

Crowns need to be flossed too.

Even though a crown can’t decay, the tooth around it can. Bacterial plaque can easily build up along the margin of your crown, especially between your teeth. If the areas between your teeth are not cleaned regularly, then new tooth decay will develop around or underneath the crown. Floss at least twice a day! 

Regular dental visits can help you avoid complications.

If problems are beginning to develop around your crowns, your dentist can pinpoint them before it becomes too significant. Regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can keep gum disease at bay as well as prevent new areas of tooth decay. Dental x-rays are an important part of your dental check-ups. X-rays allow your dentist to inspect areas between the teeth that are not visible clinically. 

Let your dentist know if you grind or clench your teeth.

Excess wear or grinding of your teeth can cause porcelain to chip off. Although your crowns are designed to withstand normal chewing forces, chronic grinding habits cause too much strain on any tooth…especially crowns. A night guard can prevent wear from happening, as well as reduce muscle strain.

When you invest in a crown, you’re investing in the health of your smile. With good dental care and dedicated oral hygiene, you can help your crown last for several years.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group



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


Materials Used For Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns can be a good choice for those wanting to restore their beautiful smiles by covering teeth that have become chipped, cracked, or discolored. Crowns are also used to restore the functionality of a decayed tooth that has undergone a corrective root canal by adding strength and protection to its structure. Likewise, some teeth with particularly large fillings may benefit from the protection of a crown. If you are considering getting crowns as part of your dental treatment plan, you may want to know something about the various types of materials used in manufacturing those crowns.

Some of the strongest materials used in making crowns are metals. Although they are very durable and long-lasting, they lack in aesthetic appeal so many people choose to use them only in less noticeable places such as in the back of the mouth. An alternative choice is to have a crown whose base is made of metal, to which porcelain is then fused; thus, providing strength and durability while having the more natural appearance.

Some people are allergic to metal or just prefer not to have metal crowns; in such cases, a crown can be manufactured of all porcelain or all ceramic. These crowns will give you the most natural appearance; however, they are less durable than metal and can wear down or chip over time. Finally, the least expensive crown can be made of resin material. Resin dental crowns also have a natural appearance but will need to be replaced more quickly than other types.

Whether you are needing dental crowns to restore one or more teeth, or simply desiring a nicer smile, your Buckhead Dentist will be able to help you choose the right option to best meet your individual needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid



Why Do I Need a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns can be a costly procedure, so understanding why they are an essential part of comprehensive dental care helps patients understand if they truly need a crown or not.

A dentist’s primary goal is to help restore natural teeth so they can maintain their normal function. Losing or extracting teeth due to dental disease or decay is always the last option, because nothing can truly function as well as your own natural teeth. If decay destroys too much of a tooth’s structure, there comes a point where placing a filling in the tooth is just not functionally possible. Too little enamel supporting a large filling will only place the tooth at risk for extreme fracture during normal use.

Instead, placing a crown on a tooth allows the existing tooth enamel to be protected over the entire chewing surface. This distributes the pressure during chewing or biting and allows the weaker underlying tooth to withstand normal use. Dental crowns are made of porcelain material or gold, depending on the location of the tooth and the patient’s personal preferences. A crown can last for several years, extending the life of the underlying tooth and preventing more invasive or severe treatment like root canal therapy, extractions or tooth replacement. If teeth are left untreated, a root canal may be needed in conjunction with the crown due to the advancement of decay.

Crowns are also placed over teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy. Because these teeth are no longer vital, the crown preserves the weaker, more brittle tooth enamel and protects the inside layers of the tooth that have been exposed during the root canal.

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