Dental Tips Blog

Jul
29

How Long Can You Expect Crowns on Front Teeth to Last?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are beautiful. They can transform your smile by covering up imperfections on your front teeth. They’re also valuable restorations as they provide an essential investment in your weak or decayed enamel. Naturally, you want crowned front teeth to last as long as possible.

Just how long can you reasonably expect?

How Long Dental Crowns Can Last

Most insurance companies will pay for a crown once in a five-year period. This means that they expect a crown to last that long whether it’s on a front or back tooth. Any concerned dentist would be disappointed to see a crown last less than 10 years. Many caps on front teeth last upwards of 15 years since those teeth don’t experience as much wear and tear as the back ones.

There is no guarantee, however, that your crown will last even five years if you don’t take proper care of it.

Make the Crown on Your Front Tooth Last

Dental crowns don’t just fall apart or fall off on their own. There’s usually an external factor that causes crowns to fail. Poor oral hygiene and habits like nail biting can shorten a restoration’s lifespan.

Do the following to ensure that your crown lasts as long as possible:

  • Brush and floss your crown daily
  • Use fluoride products
  • Wear mouth guards if you play sports or grind your teeth in your sleep
  • Avoid using your front teeth as tools to bite into hard foods or tear open packages

As it turns out, you have a lot of control over how long a crown on your front tooth can last.

Learn more about beautiful strong crowns for restoring front teeth by contacting a cosmetic dentist in your area.

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

Jun
19

What’s the Best Kind of Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are great options for protecting and restoring teeth. They hold together teeth that are fractured or have a new root canal. Crowns also treat large cavities by replacing missing tooth structure and sealing out future decay.

If you need a dental crown, then you face a decision: which kind of cap should you get?

Find out which kind of restoration is best for you by getting familiar with a few of the most common types available…

Gold Crowns

Gold crowns have the advantage of being the most durable. They’re a good choice for anyone with allergies or sensitivities to other metals. Ideally placed on back teeth, they stand up well to excessive chewing pressure.

Metal Crowns

A slightly cheaper option in comparison with a gold crown is one made from a base metal alloy. Metal crowns don’t require your tooth to be filed down as much as it would be for other kinds of caps. Metal crowns are also resistant to corrosion.

Porcelain Crowns

Would you prefer a natural-looking capped tooth? Porcelain may be the answer. Porcelain or ceramic crowns deliver the most aesthetic results.

Porcelain-Metal Combination Crowns

If you want a crown that delivers both strength and beauty, consider a porcelain-fused-to-metal option. These crowns are made from metal but coated with porcelain on the outside for a natural finish.

Clearly, each kind of dental crown has its strengths. It’s hard to label just one as the “best” when they each have a unique purpose. What works for one person may not be right for you.

Talk with your dentist to find out which crown is best for your tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Apr
22

Why Are Dental Crowns So Expensive?

Posted in Crowns

Dental “caps” seem so small that most people wonder why they tend to cost three digits or more.

Are crowns really worth it? Why do they cost more than a filling?

A Crown Costs the Dentist, Too

Small though they are, dental crowns require a lot of behind-the-scenes work and support. Your dentist has to pay up front and help fund expenses such as:

  • Crown materials
  • Lab fees
  • Sterilization and other clinical equipment
  • Salaries for office staff
  • Rent/building expenses

Which Kind of Crown?

Varying crown materials and manufacturing techniques affect the price tag. Usually, the cheaper you go, the lower the quality. Crowns made from pure porcelain tend to cost more, but they look and feel the best.

What kind of crown you select doesn’t just depend on your budget, however.

You’ll need to make a decision based upon what’s best for your teeth. A poor choice made in haste because it’s the cheapest could end up costing you far more down the road to fix it.

How to Afford Your Next Dental Crown

With excellent oral care, hopefully you can put off getting a crown for a long time.

But if you end up needing one for your next cavity, you want to be prepared. Your local dental office can help you out here.

Your dentist will explain which restorative options are right for you. Then you can weigh your options in terms of cost versus quality. Whether you have insurance or not, the dental office staff will help you work out a payment plan that suits your circumstances.

Crowns may seem expensive, but a good quality one is a wise investment. Ask your dentist about other ways to afford a vital dental crown to save your smile.

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

Feb
13

What If You Don’t Have Time to Get a Dental Cap?

Posted in Crowns

One of the biggest reasons people put off dental treatment is because it can be inconvenient to a busy schedule.

Getting a dental crown, for example, can be a two-visit process. If there’s a holdup, then you may have to come in for a few additional appointments.

You just can’t afford to take that kind of time off from work.

Happily, more and more dental offices are turning to technology that cuts a huge chunk of time out of the crown-making process. This saves both you and your dentist a lot of time and money.

Dental Crowns in A Day

When technology makes advancements, dentistry is never far behind. Many dental practices now feature an on-site machine that manufactures dental crowns and other restorations right there in the office.

Additionally, these machines are often connected to computers with specialized design software. Instead of taking a messy impression of your tooth, the dentist simply scans it with an intraoral camera. The 3D image goes straight to the computer where your dentist can create the pattern.

The design goes right to the on-site milling machine which neatly carves the final restoration out of a solid piece of ceramic.

The best part? All of this can be done in just one visit.

Is A Single-Visit Crown Right For You?

These in-office one-appointment dental caps have been a lifesaver for many patients who are short on time. But keep in mind that this process has some limitations depending on what material or type of restoration is best for your tooth.

So, the next time you need a crown, ask your dentist whether this single-appointment crown technology is available near you.

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

Jul
31

A Crown in a Day is Possible!

Posted in Crowns

There are a lot of things that hold people back from getting dental work done:

  • Cost
  • Fear of pain
  • Shortage of time

Fortunately, there are advances being made all over the dental healthcare system which are alleviating these common patient concerns.

For example, new technology has made it feasible for folks to get a new dental crown (from start to finish) in a single appointment.

The main reason you would ordinarily have to wait weeks to get your crown is because it’s crafted in an off-site dental lab. This option is still quite viable because of the high quality of restorations produced in labs.

But in the interest of saving time, a lot of dentists have turned to installing an in-office milling machine and computer system that complete the project in one step.

Here’s how it works:

If you need a crown, your dentist will let you know and then schedule the appointment. At this visit, the tooth is prepared (damaged parts are cleaned away) so that a crown can fit over it.

Next, he or she scans your tooth and its neighbors with a special camera. This step eliminates the need for messy impressions. The scan zips off to a computer where your dentist can digitally manipulate it to design the most precise restoration possible.

Finally, these plans go to the on-site machine which hews your new crown out of a solid block of ceramic. You’ll try it on right then and there for a secure fit.

No more fussing with a temporary crown or waiting weeks for lab-made adjustments. You only have to take one afternoon off to get a new crown.

If this process interests you, ask your dentist about the options available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Rolling Hills Dentistry
53 North Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 743-0783

Jun
24

Benefits of Same-Day CEREC Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Many dental offices these days have the experience and equipment needed to provide quality dental crowns in record time. The CEREC system is what has made this possible. CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.”

To summarize, it means producing a durable and beautiful ceramic restoration within a single appointment. What can this technology mean for you the next time you have a crown placed?

Save on Time

The CEREC machine mills out an individualized crown from a solid piece of ceramic. The pattern is based upon scans taken of your teeth. From scanning to milling, you can have the entire process done within a single visit. You don’t have to take multiple days off from work to come in for crown fittings.

Get it Right the First Time

CEREC cuts out the step of waiting for a lab to return the finished product. This means you don’t have to wait weeks for your final crown. You won’t even need to bother with a temporary one! In the majority of cases, you can be sure that you will leave the office that day with a crown that is built to last.

A Beautiful and Lasting Crown

CEREC produces restorations that are customized to each patient, but uniformly of the same excellent quality. A ceramic crown is a beautiful restoration that can protect one of your back teeth from any further damage. It wonderfully resembles a natural tooth, so no one needs to know that it’s there!

Contact your local dental office to find out more about the CEREC technology available in your area. This procedure could help you enjoy a new crown sooner than you thought possible!

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

Nov
22

Three Reasons to Choose a Same Day Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

We are often faced with having to choose between either quality or convenience. It seems one of those things must be sacrificed at the expense of the other. When it comes to your next dental crown, however, you won’t have to make that choice again! Consider these three reasons a same-day dental crown is your best option.

Less Stress

Visiting the dentist may cause you a good deal of stress. If you need a crown to restore and reinforce a tooth, the entire procedure could be done in one day if you choose a same-day crown. That’s it! Only one appointment of numbing and dental work is necessary. That should be a load off your mind!

State-of-the-Art Design

Same-day crowns are designed from a computer-analyzed scan of your prepared tooth. More computer technology is used to craft the finished crown from a piece of porcelain. The result is a durable, natural-looking, and precisely fitting crown delivered within a single appointment.

Save Yourself Some Time

By choosing a same-day dental crown, you can have everything completed in a single visit. Gone are the days of fussing with temporary crowns and waiting for the lab to return the finished product. It’s probably not easy for you to take time away from your job or other obligations to return for multiple dental appointments. Save yourself some time by choosing to have a strong and beautiful dental crown placed in a single day.

Experience the benefits of same-day dental crowns. Ask your dentist about the technology used to provide fast and quality crowns and how this could change your smile for the better.

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

Oct
25

3 Steps to Designing the Perfect Porcelain Crown

Posted in Crowns

Crowns have a long history in dentistry as long-lasting but sometimes unattractive dental restorations. Nowadays, many people who need a crown are opting for a beautiful full porcelain restoration. Porcelain crowns reflect and absorb light the way natural tooth enamel does, making them virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. These restorations are highly esthetic because they don’t contain any metal. This means that if the gums recede, there is no unsightly dark gray line revealed.

Without any metal supporting it, how is this modern full porcelain crown made?

First of all, the dentist will choose a shade of porcelain that best matches your other teeth in color and translucency. If you wish to have whiter teeth, it is best to have that procedure done first. You can always have a crown made to match existing tooth color, but a crown cannot be bleached later on.

Next, the dentist will prepare your tooth by carefully trimming it down so that the crown will have a snug fit. CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing) software is used to take a scan of the prepared tooth. The program uses this scan to determine what the finished tooth should look like.

Finally, the machine uses the design to mill the crown from the block of porcelain selected by the dentist. This happens in a matter of minutes, and the dentist will carefully cement your new crown in place before you leave the office.

Designing the perfect porcelain crown can be done in a single visit, eliminating the need for a temporary crown. A full porcelain crown is strong, lasting, and esthetically-pleasing. Ask your dentist about how a porcelain crown may be perfect for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Jun
1

Same-Day Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Traditionally, crowns are designed from an impression of your tooth in a lab that is separate from the clinical dental office. The process is thorough and precise, but can take weeks to accomplish. In the meantime, there is a temporary crown that is placed, but there is often the danger of that popping off, accidentally. There is no waiting and no temporary crown associated with a same-day crown procedure.

What are same-day dental crowns like?

The Process

The dentist will prepare the tooth as usual to be fitted for a crown. Ordinarily, an impression is taken of the tooth and surrounding areas, which is then sent away to a dental laboratory. When a crown is made and delivered in one appointment, CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing) technology is used to capture a three-dimensional image of the prepared tooth. The specifications for the tooth’s design are computed and then sculpted out of a block of porcelain in a milling machine. The finished product is cemented into place and checked for a comfortable fit.

Comparisons

The quality and durability of same-day crowns have so far proven to be on par with their more traditional counterparts. Traditional crowns tend to appear more life-like, and many feel it is preferable to wait longer on a regular crown for a visible front tooth. For the less-visible back teeth, however, it is often much easier to have the needed crown completed in one day to save on time and discomfort.

There is no compromise of quality for time, if you choose a same-day crown. Ask your dentist about the technology available to produce comfortable and lasting crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

Apr
30

How Same Day Dental Crowns are Made

Posted in Crowns

Before same day crowns, all crown treatments took at least two appointments, up to two weeks apart to complete. Same day crowns are prepped, made and delivered all during the same appointment. The technological advancements of this treatment make it easier for patients to get the care they need in the time they expect.

Digital Imaging

Thanks to high definition digital imaging, your tooth can have a digital “impression” made that is interpreted into electronic data which is then used to create your crown. Down to the most microscopic levels, same day crowns provide accuracy while eliminating additional steps like goopy impressions, model fabrication, and off-site labs. The data is used immediately and transferred into the milling machine located in the office. 

In-House Milling Technology

Instead of having a porcelain crown made by coating a base with multiple layers of glaze, same day crowns use a block of resin that is carved by an in-house milling machine. Since all of the information is digital, the machine creates a perfectly fitting restoration every single time. Human error is eliminated. In fact, a same-day crown is almost always more accurate in fit than a hand-made crown that is designed in a professional lab. 

Durable Materials

The resin used for same day crowns is just as durable and aesthetic as what is used in off site dental laboratories during traditional crown fabrication. A same day crown can be used anywhere in your mouth, because it will withstand the everyday wear that you demand from it.

If you’ve put off your crown because you didn’t think you had time, then it’s time to ask your dentist about a same day restoration.

Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 386-3908

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