Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

What’s the Best Kind of Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

No matter what it’s made of, a dental cap will make your damaged tooth look and feel better. All crowns protect and strengthen compromised teeth. Does it matter, then, which kind you get?

Here are the main types of dental crowns that you can choose from.

Metal Crowns

Silver-colored crowns are the cheapest in comparison with other kinds. They’re ideal for kids whose smiles haven’t fully developed, or for temporary purposes while adults wait for their permanent new crown. The drawback to metal caps is that you could have an allergy to one of the metals used in them. Also, they’re highly visible so they don’t look great when you smile.

Gold Crowns

Gold is the best kind of crown if you want something that will last for many years. It’s compatible with your body and gentle on teeth. Like other metal crowns, however, it’s quite noticeable on front teeth. They’re ideal for teeth further back in the mouth that have to withstand a lot of pressure from chewing.

Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns

Tooth-colored caps made from porcelain or ceramic are the best kind of dental crowns for creating the most natural look. These crowns make it easy for your dentist to monitor the health of your capped teeth since they don’t contain metal which obscures the view on x-rays.

Combination Crowns

The strength of a metal crown meets the beauty of a porcelain cap in a combination crown. These are beneficial for when you want the best of both options.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia is a material that looks like ceramic but has some trace metal elements that make it extremely durable. Zirconia crowns are best for teeth that suffer a lot of wear from teeth grinding.

Visit a restorative dentist to find out which kind of crown is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

Dec
30

Can You Change the Color of Your Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You’re grateful that your dental cap is a sturdy, comfortable, and durable restoration. Recently, however, a problem arose when you suddenly realized that your crown no longer matches the color of the rest of your teeth.

How can you change the color of your cap?

Teeth Whitening and Dental Crowns

Dental crowns remain the color that they were created with right from the start. Initially, your dentist will have the crown match the color of your natural tooth enamel to help it blend in with your smile.

As time goes by, however, you may notice that the natural teeth surrounding your crown have gotten darker which makes your crown stand out. In this case, you can try to bleach those natural teeth that have accumulated stains.

But what if your crown looks darker than the rest of your teeth after they’ve been whitened?

Unfortunately, dental crowns don’t change in hue no matter how much you bleach them. They are made of materials that don’t respond to teeth whitening chemicals the way tooth enamel does.

The only thing you can do in this case is replace your current crown with a new one that’s colored to match your smile.

Before Your Next Dental Crown

The very best option is to whiten your teeth right before you have your crown designed. Make your teeth as bright as they can be and then color your crown to match. Even if your teeth get darker over time, you can always bleach them back to ensure they match the crown.

Get answers to all of your cosmetic concerns about dental crowns by contacting a restorative dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

Dec
24

How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown put on a tooth usually takes two separate appointments over the course of a couple of weeks. Here’s what you can expect.

Your First Dental Crown Appointment

The first visit usually takes less than an hour and involves preparing and measuring your tooth for the crown. After the dentist numbs the tooth, he or she will shape it down to a smaller size so that the crown fits over it.

The dentist then pushes a putty-filled mold against your teeth. This putty captures a perfect map of the way your surrounding teeth should fit against the crowned tooth when it’s done.

Your peg tooth is then capped with a temporary crown. Temporaries are usually made of a stainless steel or composite material, so they don’t feel very natural, but it will protect your tooth in the meantime. While you wait, your dentist sends the mold off to a dental lab where your permanent crown is crafted.

The Second Dental Crown Appointment

Your next appointment will likely follow a week or two after your first one and it goes fairly quick. Your tooth will once again be numbed up and the dentist will pop off the temporary crown. You’ll then get to try out the new permanent dental crown.

Once both you and your dentist are happy with the look and feel, the crown is cemented into place. The dentist will floss it to ensure smooth edges and perhaps even check the fit with an x-ray.

Some dental offices now offer crown fabrication technology that lets you get a crown from start-to-finish within a single two-hour appointment. Ask your dentist about what kind of dental crown placement techniques are available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Jun
18

Are Dental Crowns Bad for Teeth?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover teeth. They stay in place permanently with the help of a dental cement. Over time, crowns can also wear out and need to be redone.

However, none of this means that they’re bad for teeth.

Why A Dental Crown Is a Good Thing

Dental crowns are some of the best restorations your smile can have. They protect damaged teeth, reinforce vulnerable ones, and prevent decay and sensitivity from taking over.

Put simply, a crown could be your last-resort option that keeps your tooth in one piece.

So why do crowns sometimes get a bad rap?

The Downside of Dental Crowns

Some people dislike crowns given the fact that they permanently alter teeth and can even indirectly weaken them.

To get a crown, your tooth first has to be trimmed down. This is because a “cap” need to securely grip the tooth from all sides with room to fit into place. But this also means that from that point on, your tooth can never again be without a crown.

You’ll have to replace your crown if it breaks or if your tooth develops another cavity. There’s no option to just leave your tooth as-is. Sometimes, replacing a crown means that your tooth will have to be trimmed down further.

Getting a dental bridge can likewise be “bad” for your teeth. The bridge may suspend an artificial tooth over the gap, but it needs two capped teeth for support. Attaching a bridge to two perfectly healthy teeth with crowns does essentially shorten their lifespan.

Dental crowns are great restorations, but is getting one right for your situation? Talk with your dentist to find out.

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

May
15

Gold vs. Porcelain Crowns: Which Should I Choose?

Posted in Crowns

You may be wondering why some dentists still use gold crowns for their patients, when more cosmetically appropriate materials are available to choose from.

The truth is that while porcelain and ceramic crowns do look better, there are sometimes instances where a tooth needs to be covered with something that’s more responsive to heavy pressure.

Advantages of Gold

Gold is more pliable and responsive to heavy pressure than ceramic or porcelain. So, if you’re covering a tooth toward the back of your mouth (especially one of the top, back molars) it may be a better material to use if there’s a risk of heavy pressure and/or grinding (bruxism.)

A gold crown can gently bend/flex with the tooth as you chew, but a porcelain crown can’t. While the gold crown would stay intact, the porcelain one might chip. 

More Durable Ceramics

Changes in materials and advancements in restoration designs are proving that today’s modern ceramic crowns are more durable than they have been in years past. When you need to restore a front tooth or one that’s visible while you’re smiling, they offer a better option than a “flashy” gold cap.

Unlike gold, ceramics can be custom matched to a variety of different shades and hues. This allows the final restoration to blend in with your smile and makes it far less noticeable when you’re talking or laughing in front of other people.

Need a Crown?

If you’ve been putting your dental crown off for too long, it puts your tooth at risk for breaking apart or needing to be extracted. Talk to your dentist about which materials are right for your individual smile needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Mar
9

Why Did My Dental Crown Fail?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns don’t last forever, but you do reasonably expect to get several years out of your new dental restoration.

You’re understandably disappointed whenever a crown fails prematurely. What causes some dental caps to so?

Crown Fabrication Error

It’s not common for crowns to come off after a dentist carefully puts them in place. But if yours pops off soon after placement, you should see your dentist to find out if it was just an issue with the cementing process.

Sometimes, a dental crown can fail because it’s just a little bit too high. Even a subtle height discrepancy (we’re talking fractions of a millimeter) between your crown and your other teeth can cause serious problems. Eventually, your crown can loosen up because of premature wear and fall off or crack.

Recurrent Decay

You play an important role in making your dental crown last. If you can’t keep your crowned tooth clean, then it will fail, just like any other tooth. Your capped tooth is not immune to decay; cavity can still form at the edge and then spread underneath the margins, making it come off. That’s why flossing and brushing capped teeth is so important.

Cracked Dental Crown

Your tooth enamel can handle small cracks. Teeth are even designed to tightly close up small cracks. But dental crowns can’t do that. Once cracked, they’re compromised for good.

A crown can crack from trauma, chewing hard foods, or grinding against the opposing teeth. Once your crown cracks, it’s only a matter of time before bacteria slip inside and eat away the underlying tooth which loosens the restoration.

See a restorative dentist for a check-up if you’re worried about your dental crown.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Mar
9

White or Metal Crowns – Which Are Better for Kids’ Teeth?

Posted in Crowns

Has your child been complaining of a toothache? He or she might need to have their tooth capped.

What kind of crown should your child get: a white or metal one? Most likely, your dentist will recommend a stainless steel crown for your child.

Stainless Steel Crowns Are Easy to Place

Stainless steel crowns are fairly simple to form and place. This makes it easy to crown tiny teeth in wiggly mouths. Young kids can be anxious or uncooperative in the dental chair. If your child is small, then he or she may not be able to sit still long enough to have a detailed ceramic crown put in place.

Metal Crowns Are Cost-Effective

Stainless steel is also relatively cheap, compared with other dental materials. That’s a good thing since a capped baby tooth will soon just come out, anyway. The metal crown will keep the tooth safe and comfortable until it’s ready to come out on its own time.

Stainless Steel Crowns Are Durable

Your child may not be good at brushing their teeth if he or she is very young. Stainless steel caps are smooth and easy to clean and fairly resistant to dental plaque. Your child’s metal crown can last for several years without needing to be changed.

What if your child has broken an adult tooth, however?

A white ceramic crown may be a perfectly good option as long as the tooth is a permanent one. You’ll have to keep reminding your child of the importance of keeping the crown clean and safe as they grow up. Otherwise, a stainless steel crown may be needed temporarily until the tooth has fully erupted and matured.

See a dentist in your area for more suggestions on repairing baby teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Mar
3

Why Are Dental Crowns So Expensive?

Posted in Crowns

A single dental crown may seem expensive for its tiny size. But dental crowns pack a lot of worth into one small restoration.

What makes your next dental crown so valuable?

Dental Crowns Can Save Your Smile

If you get a crown, it can help save your tooth and avoid the need for a root canal or worse, extraction. Replacing a lost tooth can cost far more than a cap, alone.

Costs Vary by Material

You’ll pay the least for a metal crown, more for a porcelain crown, and probably the most for a gold crown. You can talk with your dentist about which material is best for both your bite and your budget. Keep in mind that the price you pay reflects the quality of the restoration you end up with.

It Costs a Lot to Run a Dental Practice

Your dental office has a lot of overhead costs associated with just running a practice, not to mention the lab they pay to hand manufacture the final restoration. These costs all factor into the price of almost any procedure, including dental crowns.

There’s office maintenance, utilities, employees’ paychecks, dental supplies, and more. Lab fees often make up a large part of the price for a crown; sometimes nearly 50% of the crown cost goes to the technician creating the high-quality restoration.

Teeth Make Up a Tiny Workspace

Your mouth is a small area to work on, and the tiniest details are crucial to your comfort and oral health. Treatments like dental crowns that protect small tooth structures take a lot of time and careful planning. This also adds overall value to a crown procedure.

Do you need a dental crown? Ask your dentist about your restorative options and convenient payment plans.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Jan
28

What Type of Dental Crown Should You Get?

Posted in Crowns

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.

Resin

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

Mar
27

Does Your Root Canal Really Need a Crown?

Posted in Crowns

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

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