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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


Three Important Features of Your Porcelain Crown

Posted in Crowns

Deciding to repair your tooth with a crown is an important choice. So is choosing the right dentist to perform your treatment. A crown requires careful attention to detail, otherwise the finished restoration won’t function or perform the way it ought to. You want a dentist that will use skilled techniques and a high quality lab so that your restoration can enhance your smile for the next several years. Here are just a few important features that your permanent crown should have:

A Precise Margin

The way your crown margin fits against your gumlines is one of the most important steps in the crown design process. If the margin extends too far into the gums, it will cause the tissue to swell or even recede. If the margin is too low, it will appear unnatural. This is especially important when having a crown made for the front of your mouth. 

Careful Color Selection

Since your crown will last for several years, you need to have a restoration that blends in with the other teeth in your mouth. When choosing a color match, be sure to use natural lighting when at all possible. Your dentist may have you stand near a window or even walk outside during the matching process, so that the two of you can decide on the best color of porcelain to use. 

An Accurate Bite

After your porcelain crown has been bonded into place, your dentist will check how it bites against other teeth in the mouth. If the bite is inaccurate, it can cause soreness, toothaches, and interfere with how you chew your food. Should minor discrepancies exist, they can be adjusted immediately after the crown is placed.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224


Porcelain Crowns Restore Function and Health Anywhere In Your Mouth

Posted in Crowns

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

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