Dental Tips Blog

Feb
11

Will a Metal Crown Set Off an Airport Metal Detector?

Posted in Crowns

Getting through strict airport security can be a stressful event.

Everyone wants to make it calmly and quickly onto their plane. So if you accidentally set off a metal detector, you may feel a bit embarrassed, confused, and frustrated.

Dental restorations often include some sort of metal since many metals are strong, easy to shape, and accepted by our bodies.

One common dental concern people have when they get a new metal crown is: will my crown set off an airport metal detector?

What’s In a Metal Crown?

Metal crowns are often made from a mix of metals containing gold, which is not magnetic. In fact, most metals used in dental restorations are not magnetic.

Traditionally, metal detectors in airports scan for a magnetic response. So you’re more likely to set if off if you forget you’re wearing a metallic headband or belt buckle rather than because of having a dental crown!

However, most of today’s airports use body image scanners that are better at ignoring a small and non-threatening amount of metal, such as in a dental crown inside of your mouth.

Whether you have braces, a denture with metal clasps, fillings, an implant, or a metal crown, you should be perfectly fine going through airport security!

Why Switch to a White Dental Crown?

Metal crowns may be durable. But more patients are leaning towards getting tooth-colored restorations, anyway, for a couple reasons:

  • X-rays of all ceramic or porcelain crowns can show more of what’s going on around a tooth. Metal crowns aren’t see-through on x-rays so they can hide problems for a long time.
  • White crowns look better

Thinking of updating your metal crown? Talk with your local dentist to learn more.

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

Jan
29

Could Your Dental Crown Be Trying to Tell You Something?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are meant to provide protection and structural support to weakened teeth. When it’s doing its job properly, a cap should be so comfortable that you don’t even know it’s there.

So if you notice any of these signs of premature wear on your crown, then it could be time to see your dentist about extending its mileage.

Your Crown Is Flattening

Is your crown looking a little less tooth-like these days? Dental crowns can wear down similarly to how teeth do if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. This shows up clearly on porcelain-covered metal crowns. Areas of heavy wear will show through as dark metal spots on the chewing surface.

Your Crown Shifts Around

A loose crown is a sign that the cement bond isn’t secure, if it was recently placed. Otherwise, it could mean that you have a cavity destroying the tooth beneath the cap.

The Crowned Tooth Is Getting More Sensitive

A little sensitivity is typical after getting a new crown. Your tooth needs time to adjust. But if your crown is only recently getting more sensitive, then that could mean there is a leak at the margin letting acids and bacteria sneak in.

Gums Around The Crowned Tooth Are Receding

Receded gums are fairly common with crowned teeth. But too much recession could indicate that your current cap is irritating the gum tissue. Sometimes, an open margin on the crown or excess cement underneath it could be to blame.

If your capped tooth is starting to feel a little strange, plan a visit to your dentist to get it looked at.

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

Dec
26

What A Dental Cap is and Why You Need One

Posted in Crowns

How useful is a hardhat, bike helmet, or football helmet if it has a crack in it? It’s basically pointless to wear a damaged piece of safety equipment.

Your tooth has a very similar setup. The outer layer of strong enamel is a covering that protects your tooth from the forces of biting and chewing.

Once that tough outer shell is compromised, however, you may need an entirely new “helmet.” This is wear a dental cap, or crown, comes into play.

Why Not Just Get A Filling?

A filling is often a great option for repairing tooth damage – if that damage is small enough. Fractures or cavities that compromise more than about 25% of the tooth’s structure could significantly undermine its strength.

This is where you would need to restore your tooth with a more solid option that can withstand heavier use.

Reasons You Might Need A Crown

Without a professional dental exam, it can be hard to know for sure whether you need a dental crown. Here are some of the reasons your dentist may suggest one.

  • Enamel is worn down by acid
  • Tooth structure has been lost due to excessive grinding
  • You have a large cavity
  • There are already too many old, large fillings in the tooth
  • Fractures/injuries
  • You want to improve the look of your tooth
  • You’ve just had a root canal and need to protect the tooth

Talk with your dentist if you think you might need a cap. You might be surprised to learn what other options you have. Schedule a consultation with your local office to find out which solution will help you hold onto your tooth for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
The Newport Beach Dentist
1901 Westcliff Drive #6
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 646-2481

Jun
20

Why You Should Get a Crown: 4 Reasons

Posted in Crowns

No one really ever wants to get another dental crown. But there are some good reasons why you should seriously consider your dentist’s recommendation.

  1. Give Your Tooth A Few More Years

Crowning a tooth buys you more time than a filling would. This is especially true if you have a deep cavity. Getting a filling could be a real gamble – you don’t know for sure if it will keep the decay out. A dental crown, on the other hand, is a much neater and more complete solution. It could even allow you to put off the need for a root canal.

  1. Change Your Smile’s Entire Look

Sometimes, a crown is simply a good way to change the look of a front tooth that is:

  • Deeply stained
  • Misshapen
  • Chipped
  • Rough-textured

It’s usually a great idea to just crown a tooth with extensive cosmetic damage.

  1. Prevent Wear From Grinding And Clenching

A habit of grinding and clenching your teeth at night is a sure way to wear down tooth enamel. Crowning a tooth or two might be the best way you can prevent severe fractures.

It’s also a good idea to look into devices (such as splints or night guards) that will prevent your grinding tendency from damaging teeth and restorations.

  1. Fill In An Empty Space

How does a crown do that?

Crowning a couple otherwise healthy teeth could allow you to connect the gap between them with a dental bridge. That’s because these dental crowns play a key role in supporting fixed each end of a bridge.

How else can a crown benefit your smile and dental health in general? Ask your dentist by scheduling a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

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