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What Type of Dental Crown Should You Get?

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If you have a chipped, cracked, or decayed tooth, there’s a good chance you may need a dental crown to protect it. The type you get depends on things like:

  • Aesthetic concerns
  • Whether or not you grind your teeth
  • Which tooth (back or front) needs the crown

Here are the main types of dental crowns that you may hear about:

Porcelain or Ceramic

Natural-looking white crowns are very common these days. Porcelain crowns are especially good for restoring chipped front teeth that are visible when you smile.

Gold or Metal

Metal crowns aren’t for everyone, but they do last a long time. You might choose to get one for a back tooth like a molar. Gold caps in particular are strong yet gentle on enamel.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel crowns are best-suited to children’s teeth or temporary purposes. These crowns are cheap and easy to place in just one appointment – perfect for capping a baby tooth that’s soon to fall out.


Crowns can be made from a material that’s similar to white dental fillings. While cheaper upfront, resin crowns fracture and wear down more easily.

Combination Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal

When you want the strength of a metal crown but the look of a white one, then a combination cap is the way to go.

Temporary Crowns

Temporary dental crowns are usually made from acrylic. They cannot last long enough to protect your tooth for more than a few months. These kinds of crowns are only intended to protect your tooth while you’re waiting on the final restoration.

Visit a restorative dentist near you to find out which kind of crown is right for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000


Does Your Root Canal Really Need a Crown?

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You just put all that time and money into getting a root canal. What’s the point of putting a crown on it? The tooth feels just fine. It doesn’t hurt. You know that the nerve inside is long gone.

Your dentist isn’t arbitrarily suggesting that you get a dental crown. There are actually a couple of very good reasons that you should do so.

  1. Your tooth is now compromised.

Drilling into a tooth to extract the nerve and clean out any debris is a big event for such a little part of your body. Despite being filled with a strong material, your tooth is now very weak and susceptible to breaking under the pressure of your bite.

This might not happen right away. Some people seem to have gone years with an uncapped root canal and not had any problems. But why take that chance?

If your tooth fractures, it will likely be beyond repair. You’ll have to get the whole thing extracted and all the work for that root canal will have been for nothing.

  1. Your tooth will look much better with a crown.

A tooth that has been extensively cleaned out for a root canal won’t look like it used to. Perhaps a lot of decay discolored your tooth before the treatment. Capping it will help it blend in with the rest of your smile.

When You Don’t Need A Crown

Teeth that don’t experience too much bite pressure can get away with a filling alone after a root canal. These sometimes include front teeth and canines. As long as they didn’t lose too much structure during the endodontic treatment, they can possibly get by without a crown. Talk to your dentist to find out for sure.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097


What Is the Core Buildup of a Dental Crown?

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A dental crown is a hollow cap that’s shaped like a tooth. Inside, it’s got an empty space that fits right over the top of a tooth. So in order to support a crown, teeth have to be trimmed to the right shape. Otherwise, the crown would be too bulky.

When You Need More Than A Crown

On occasion, a tooth might be too damaged by decay or fracture to support a crown. It might have lost a lot of structure to large old fillings. In order to keep the tooth strong, your dentist may do what’s called a “core buildup.”

As it sounds, a core buildup reinforces that center foundation of the tooth which seats the finished crown. Your dentist will use restorative materials to mold this new core which will be the same size and shape that your tooth would be naturally.

What If A Core Buildup Isn’t Enough?

Your dentist might then take things a step further and use a post to help secure the material to the tooth. This ensures a stable foundation to support your dental crown.

A core and post won’t necessarily guarantee a stronger tooth, however. All the extra material placed in your tooth can weaken it. But the post and core may buy you a little more time with your tooth before it is ultimately extracted.

Do You Need A Post And Core?

If it seems too risky to attempt a core buildup, extraction may be your only option. It all depends on the quality of the tooth structure you have left. Professional dental x-rays are the best way to determine this. Talk with your dentist about your restoration options.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbia Dental Center
915 N Main St #2
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 281-6161


Make Your Teeth Strong and Beautiful!

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Sick of seeing those brittle, chipped, or deeply stained teeth in the mirror? Dental crowns could be your secret to a more beautiful and stronger smile.

How A Crown Could Improve Your Smile

If you have a tooth with severe decay or a deep fracture, then a filling might not be enough to patch it up. That’s where a crown comes in.

A crown replaces the outermost layer of enamel and covers all visible surfaces of your tooth. Made of gorgeous, durable materials like porcelain and ceramic, today’s crowns look just like natural teeth.

Your crown doesn’t just protect your damaged tooth. It also reinforces the tooth so that you can keep using it for as long as possible. Additionally, crowns are a great way to close the gaps between teeth and cover up other hard-to-fix imperfections.

Is A Crown Right For You?

If your tooth has only shallow aesthetic flaws, then a dental veneer may be enough to give it a face-lift.

The only way to find out for sure whether you need a crown is to have your dentist examine your tooth. Using x-rays and other diagnostic techniques, he or she will evaluate the amount and integrity of the tooth structure you have.

A crown often ends up being the best long-term cosmetic solution.

Your days of suffering with weak teeth or an unsightly smile are almost over! If you’re ready for a change, then the first step is only one dental consultation away.

Call your local dentist to schedule a visit where you’ll find out which restorative option will help your tooth the most.

Posted on behalf of:
Sycamore Hills Dentistry
10082 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 213-4400


Are Metal Crowns Going Out of Style?

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A combination of gold and other metals have been used to restore teeth for a long time. But few people these days appreciate the look of metal teeth. Dentistry today has the multi-purpose aim of being conservative, durable, and cosmetic.

That’s why tooth-colored dental crowns came into the picture.

Why More People Are Avoiding Metal Crowns

Not only can metal crowns be visually unappealing, but there are other reasons to choose an alternative.

First of all, metal gives you zero visibility in x-rays. Metal shows up as bright white on radiographs because the radiation energy can’t pass through it. This prevents your tooth from showing up on the image. Any part covered by metal is impossible to see without physically removing the crown.

What if a cavity grows in the tooth under the crown? Tough luck. You might not notice it until it’s quite large. White dental caps on the other hand, let your dentist check more of the tooth for signs of decay before it advances.

When a Metal Crown is a Good Choice

For some folks, having a gold tooth is their cosmetic preference. Additionally, metal caps tend to withstand wear longer than ceramic ones. If you already have a gold crown, it’s a good idea to crown an opposing tooth with the same material.

Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dentist to decide which kind of crown is best for your smile. There’s no one solution that works for everyone! While more techniques are coming out for restoring teeth, a gold crown is still a viable option. Talk with your dentist to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554


What Does a Dental Crown Feel Like?

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Your dentist mentions those dreaded words to you for the first time: dental crown.

Whether you’ve had dental before or not, you’re probably wondering what to expect from your first crown.

What It’s Like to Get a Crown

It’s your first crown…what’s the process like?

The first thing that happens is your dentist cleans away the damaged or infected tooth structure. Don’t worry…you’ll be numbed up with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing!

After the tooth is prepared, it’s time for an impression or scan to register the way your teeth naturally fit together. In most cases, a temporary crown is worn while you wait for the final one to be created.

Is Sensitivity Normal?

Yes, it’s quite normal for your tooth to temporarily feel more sensitive than normal just after getting a crown. This happens because the inner tooth layers are exposed to outside world for first time! Don’t worry – this sensation should gradually subside as your tooth adjusts to the new normal.

What Will it Look Like?

Most crowns today are made from materials like gold, porcelain, ceramic, and combinations of materials. A porcelain or ceramic crown is polished to look and feel just like a natural tooth. Some patients describe that their crown feels a little smoother than their other teeth, but most can feel any difference at all.

People have been relying on these incredible restorations for years. If you need a crown, there’s no need to worry. It will feel like a natural part of your smile in very little time! Contact your dentist for answers to all of your questions about dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


Your Dental Crown Options

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Okay, so no one is ever very excited to hear that they need a crown. But if and when you do, you’ll want to be prepared with some research on what options are available.

The Classic Metal Crown

When you picture a dental crown, you might think of a gold tooth. Gold and other metals are used to produce very reliable, long-lasting, and highly-visible crowns. A metal crown is usually preferred on a back tooth in terms of strength and appearance.

The Natural Porcelain or Ceramic Crown

These crowns look realistic because they have no metal in them. That’s also important if you have a metal allergy or the crown will be visible. Porcelain and ceramic look great, but aren’t as strong as metal. These crowns are happiest on front teeth in the smile-zone!

The “Best of Both Worlds” Crown

Many crowns are made of a metal core and have porcelain baked over them for an aesthetic finish. Also called porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crowns, these are very strong restorations.

So strong, in fact, that they can wear down the opposite teeth. And with time your gums could recede, exposing the dark metal underneath.

The Resin Crown

If you’re looking for the most cost-effective solution, then a resin crown is the way to go. Full resin crowns will look nice. They won’t stand out the way a metal crown will, and they’re relatively inexpensive. The big catch is that a resin crown will wear and fracture and require replacement much sooner than any of your other options.

Equipped with some pros and cons, you can discuss crown options with your dentist and confidently choose the one that’s right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325


Are Dental Crowns Bad for Teeth?

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A dental crown is a restoration that replaces the outer portion of your tooth’s natural “crown” (the part visible above the gums). This might sound a little drastic, but it will help your tooth avoid additional decay and damage.

Why get a crown, then? When your tooth’s outer layer of enamel is damaged or threatened, then it can no longer do its job of protecting the tooth. A durable porcelain crown can protect more sensitive structures inside of the tooth (and help you avoid a root canal or extraction.)

While a crown is not as ideal as a whole, healthy, natural tooth, it does help extend the life of your bite. It could be your last resort!

Taking a Toll on the Mouth

Are there times when a crown may not be suitable for your smile? Here’s how you can minimize the impact of your specific problem:

Problem: If you grind your teeth you may find that the crowned tooth is wearing down its opposing neighbor.

Solution: Crown the opposing tooth or have a mouthguard made to prevent the teeth from fracturing.

Problem: Using a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. Two teeth that may otherwise be perfectly healthy need to be trimmed down for crowns that support the bridge.

Solution: Consider filling in the gap with a dental implant and single crown, instead.

Problem: Placing a crown on a front tooth for cosmetic purposes.

Solution: Crowns in front are just fine, but you might want to start with a more conservative approach such as a dental veneer.

Ask your dentist about the dental crowns and alternatives used in their office, and which option can benefit you the most.

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


Which is Better: A White or Gold Crown?

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When you think of a dental crown, perhaps your mind goes to the idea of a shiny gold tooth. Gold crowns are still around, but white crowns have been gaining in popularity. If you need a dental crown, which kind should you go with?

Let’s first review what these crowns are made of and how they work.

Gold Crowns

A gold crown is, obviously, made of gold. Gold crowns tend to be the best in terms of strength for more pressure-intensive areas. This type of crown also doesn’t require too much tooth structure to be removed to retain it. Gold is readily accepted by the mouth and has been used in dentistry for centuries.

The only downside?

The very obvious fact that you have a crown! Gold is not a subtle choice. Unless you’re happy advertising all of your dental restorations, or the tooth is hidden further back in your mouth, you might want to stay away from gold crowns for aesthetic reasons.

Porcelain Crowns

White crowns are typically made from porcelain. These crowns do a great job of blending in with the rest of your smile. In fact, you might choose to have a few porcelain crowns placed on front teeth to make them look better in terms of color, size, or spacing.

White crowns usually require that more tooth structure is removed to placed them. They are also prone to fracturing in the event of:

  • Tooth grinding
  • Injury
  • Biting into a hard object

Choosing the Right Crown

At your next dental visit, ask your dentist about which types of dental restorations are available to you. Your dentist will help you figure out which kind is going to suit your smile’s needs the best!

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643


3 Common Problems with Dental Crowns

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As long as you have a crown, it will help protect and support your tooth. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last forever. But taking good care of it will help you to get the most out of your restoration while you can!

However, there are a few common issues associated with dental crowns. What are these and how can you avoid them?

Crown Coming Loose

If you bite into something hard too soon after your crown is placed, you can easily loosen it. Crowns can also be loosened if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. A grinding habit could even fracture a crown.

If your crown comes off, simply bring it in to your dentist. If your tooth is not decayed or damaged and the crown is in-tact, the crown can be cleaned and re-cemented.

Recurrent Tooth Decay

Some people believe that once a tooth is crowned, it’s invincible to cavities.

That’s definitely not true! The margin where the crown ends at the gum line is still a point where cavity-causing bacteria can infect the tooth. Decay can sneak up underneath the crown and cause a lot of unseen damage before you notice it. If decay gets in, you will probably need a new crown and maybe even a root canal.

Periodontal Disease Around the Tooth

A crown protects your tooth, but your gums are still just as prone to infection as before. A well-placed crown can help prevent the collection of bacteria that cause gum disease. But just because you have a crown doesn’t mean that you can forget about flossing under your gums!

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure that your crown stays healthy and serves you well for years to come!

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

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