Dental Tips Blog

May
20

Your 4 Alternatives to Getting a Dental Crown

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental crowns are great restorations, but they may be more than what you really need. Is there any way to avoid getting one?

Here are some options to consider depending on your dental health.

Do Nothing

You could decide to just not cap your tooth. The consequences, however, could be quite painful.

A crack in your tooth will worsen with time and a large cavity will only continue to spread. Sooner or later, you’ll end up with a terrible toothache and possibly even an abscess. The uncomfortable outcome could strike at a inconvenient time and force you to wind up with a root canal or an extraction.

You do have the right to not crown your tooth when the dentist recommends, but you’ll be better off taking preemptive action and getting the cap.

Dental Veneer

Upper front teeth with stain or a minimal amount of surface damage may qualify for veneers. A veneer is a slim porcelain restoration that only covers the front part of your enamel. It’s a more conservative option if you don’t need to cap your whole tooth.

Inlay or Onlay

Inlays and onlays can also be called partial crowns. They’re made just like dental crowns, but the difference is that they cover only the damaged part of your tooth.

Replace Your Tooth with an Implant

Is there a possibility your new crown could fail? If your tooth is in bad shape as it is, then you might consider skipping the crown altogether in favor of extraction. This is best if you have a plan in place for replacing your tooth with a dental implant.

Ask your dentist about the best restorative option for you.

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

Jan
28

Are Your Chronic Headaches Caused by Your Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are the ideal tooth-replacement choice. But now that you have one, you’re worried that it might cause some unexpected side-effects.

Could your dental implant be the reason you have frequent headaches?

Dental implants don’t directly cause headaches, but here are a few ways it could potentially contribute to what’s going on:

TMJ Stress

If your bite is a little off, then that will tend to strain your TMJ (jaw joint.) The strain, in turn, can lead to regular headaches. There’s a chance that the crown on your implant could be too high, leading to an uneven bite.

Infection

Implants must be kept clean while they are healing, otherwise the surgical site could potentially become infected. Gum inflammation and abscesses can also happen if you don’t regularly brush and floss your dental implant. A serious infection could lead to headaches.

Surgical Complications

In rare cases, something could go wrong while surgically placing an implant. One that’s placed in the upper half of the mouth could potentially puncture a sinus cavity. Sometimes, a nerve is damaged in the procedure. These accidents can lead to headaches shortly after implant placement.

Titanium Allergy

Like most pacemakers and other replacement parts, dental implants are usually made from titanium. This metal is biocompatible, meaning that the human body accepts it well. In extremely rare cases, some people find that they are allergic to titanium. But if an allergy to the implant was the reason for your headaches, you would know it since there would be other symptoms like a rash, the implant loosening, and facial swelling.

If you’re suffering from frequent headaches, rest assured that your implant is probably not to blame. You should still see your doctor and dentist to rule out other possible causes.

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

May
3

Missing More Than One Tooth? Implants Can Still Help!

Posted in Dental Implants

When you think of dental implants, you might imagine a fake tooth wedged into a gap between natural teeth. It’s true that a single implant does nicely fill in an empty space.

However, dental implants could be your solution even if you have multiple teeth to replace.

Dental Implant Supported Bridge

A classic dental bridge uses a couple of functional crowns to support a false crown between them. This restoration spans the open space, preserving tooth alignment and giving you a tooth to chew with.

But if you have a gap of two or three teeth missing, then a regular bridge won’t be strong enough. The more distance between the two crowned teeth, the more strain they’ll experience.

As an alternative, you can replace one or two of your missing teeth with implants and suspend the bridge from these artificial teeth. This way, your bridge will draw strength from the prosthetic roots anchored deep within bone instead of putting stress on crowned natural teeth.

Implant Supported Denture Alternatives

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, implants could still be your best solution.

Implants are now used to:

  • Secure dentures
  • Support removable tooth replacements
  • Anchor permanent arches of new teeth

Who Can Have Implants?

People who qualify for implants are obviously missing at least one tooth. They should have a fully developed jawbone. Stable oral and overall health are also important to ensure that the implant heals properly.

A dental implant is not just for someone who wants a fancy tooth replacement. Implant technology can work for virtually any situation. All you have to do is talk with your dentist about your smile goals. Schedule your consultation today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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