Dental Tips Blog

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

Nov
30

I Just Got a Crown. How Should I Care for It?

Posted in Crowns

Keeping your new dental crown clean is the best way to get the most out of it. In addition to having your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office, you also need to clean it carefully at home.

Brushing and flossing are crucial to maintaining your crown long-term. Crowns tend to trap more plaque and calculus at their margins than natural teeth. It’s completely safe and highly recommended to brush thoroughly. You can’t scratch them with soft bristles.

If sugars and bacteria are left uncleaned and leak under the crown edges, the tooth will likely end up with a cavity – which is no easy fix. The dentist either has to “patch” the tooth with a filling or replace the crown all together (which we all know is expensive).

Don’t Be Afraid of it Falling Off

That simply won’t happen. It’s been attached with permanent cement that has bonded with the tubules within your natural tooth. It’s not going anywhere!

It’s understandable that you’re nervous. After all, you saw the dentist prep your tooth for a crown, and you know that the natural tooth underneath is a little smaller than those surrounding. It would be embarrassing if anyone could ever see that.

Just know how unlikely that is to ever happen. Dental cement does not have an easy bond to break. Crowns have an extremely tight fit to keep materials from leaking underneath and causing decay.

Long Term Maintenance

Keep your crown clean. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups at least every six months. Treat your crowns like you would your natural teeth or maybe even a little bit better. It was, after all, an investment. Invest a little time for excellent homecare, and you’re likely to be pleased with your purchase for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Feb
14

4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Your New Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Evidence of the earliest dental crowns dates back to around 700 B.C. in Europe. In the past century, the art of crafting caps that fit comfortably has improved considerably.

If you need a crown today, you can be sure that you’re getting a sanitary and safe restoration. Before having treatment done, however, make sure that you and your dentist are on the same page by getting answers to these questions.

  1. How Much Will My Crown Cost?

A crown can cost anywhere from several hundred to a couple thousand dollars. What you pay is determined by things like:

  • Materials used
  • Location of the office
  • How much your insurance covers
  1. Is Anything Covered By Insurance?

Your insurance benefits are determined by you or your employer. It’s good to familiarize yourself with the benefits you have available. Many insurances today will cover a single crown procedure for a tooth once every five years. Most dental crowns last far longer than that. Your dental office will help you understand your dental insurance policy.

  1. Are There Any Alternatives to a Crown?

If your tooth can support a more conservative restoration, then an onlay may be a good option. In some cases, it may be too risky to attempt a crown and the better route is to extract the tooth. Ask your dentist why he or she recommends a crown above other treatment alternatives.

  1. Which Type of Crown is Best for Me?

Crowns come in different materials such as:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain/metal combinations

Which one you should have depends on how much bite force the crowned tooth will experience and how well you want it to blend in with your smile.

Also ask your dentist about how to make your crown last.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Dec
26

3 Tips to Keep Dental Crowns Lasting Longer

Posted in Crowns

You just got a new crown on a badly damaged tooth. Now your tooth looks great, feels great, and there’s nothing else to worry about. Right? Actually, there is. You want to be sure that you care for your crown properly each and every day to help it last its longest. Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your new crown:

Floss Around it Daily 

Did you know that cavities could develop around the edges of your crown, where tooth enamel is exposed? That’s why it is still extremely important to keep your crowned tooth clean – just like your other teeth! Wrap your floss snuggly around the crown and slide up and down below the gumlines. Repeat this several times. Floss at least once every day. Because crowns may tend to collect more plaque at their gumlines, flossing is essential! 

Brush Gently Along the Margin

Scrubbing too aggressively around your crown can make your gums recede, leaving exposed enamel or root surface along the gumlines. If you don’t brush enough, then gingivitis will start to develop. Ask your hygienist to show you what angle and amount of pressure should be used when brushing around your crown. 

Schedule Regular Cleanings and Exams

Routine check-ups can ensure that your crown will last as long as possible. If tartar or stain buildup is forming around it, it can be removed at this time to keep your crown beautiful and strong.

Thanks to quality crown materials, your new restoration can look just like a real tooth! Take these important steps to keep your smile beautiful for years at a time.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

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