Wondering about dental crowns? Get the how and why of when you might need a dental crown below:
What Is a Dental Crown?
Our Boise dentists don’t usually recommend gold dental crowns Image via Flickr by DeaPeaJay
A dental tooth crown in many respects acts as a replacement tooth. Whether your tooth has been damaged by an accident, decay, or is simply the wrong shape, a tooth crown is placed over your tooth so that you still have a good bite and straight teeth.
Why Would a Boise Dental Patient Need Dental Crowns?
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it is very dangerous to leave it without a crown as food particles and decay can slowly make their way through the chip or crack to the root. This can result in a sometimes very painful infection that may require a root canal or a removal of the tooth. Even without the risk of infection, a damaged or incorrectly-shaped tooth can make it difficult to chew and can put additional pressure and wear on your other teeth.
How Does a Patient Get a Tooth Crown?
Thanks to the new CEREC in-office system, getting a permanent tooth crown can now be done in a single appointment. Simply come in, and a Boise dentist will have a look at your teeth and see what needs to be done. Once we’ve decided on a course of action with you, we’ll create a 3-D digital impression of your teeth and form the perfectly-fitting crown you need. While our CEREC machine creates the porcelain crown, a Boise dentist will prepare your tooth for it. Once the crown is ready, we’ll permanently bond it to your tooth, and you won’t have to worry about it again!
Do you think you need a dental crown? Wondering what the difference is between dental crowns and dental veneers? Take a look at our other articles, or stop by our Boise office for a chat with a dentist!
Ever wondered why you really need to get a dental crown? Aside from replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, there are at least four signs that you need a dental crown:
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1. You Are Getting a Root Canal
A root canal means that infection has found its way to the nerve of a tooth, killing the tooth and causing an infection at its root. At our office a dentist, Boise trained and based, will drain the tooth and fill the root to seal it off, but we usually recommend a crown to finish the treatment. After a root canal, the tooth is dead and is therefore more brittle and easier to break. If the tooth has already had a few cavities (and most teeth that require root canals have), it will be even more susceptible to breaking. A crown will give it an extra seal of protection and added strength.
2. Our Boise Dentists Found a Deep Crack in the Tooth
As you’ll hear from our own dentist, Boise patients with a cracked tooth do not always need a dental crown. However, if you do have a cracked tooth, you need to see one of our Boise dentists as soon as possible to see how bad of a crack it is. Our dentists will make sure that the crack is confined and does not reach the nerve and kill the tooth. Deeper cracks require a crown to protect the tooth and to keep the tooth and its root strong.
3. Your Tooth Has Chipped
If your tooth has chipped in the simple course of everyday (that is, without any injury or trauma causing it to chip), it is a good sign that you need a tooth crown. Boise dentists will tell you that strong and healthy teeth don’t chip. Fragile, crumbling teeth do. If your tooth is starting to fall apart just due to everyday use, our Boise dentists will add a crown to protect as much of the tooth as possible and to keep the root of the tooth strong and healthy. Left alone, the tooth can continue to crumble, get infected, and be lost entirely.
4. A Dentist, Boise Trained, Has Found Too Many Cavities on One Tooth
The more cavities you have on a tooth, the more its strength is compromised. This can come from several medium sized cavities or just one very large one—if a single cavity covers more than half the width of a tooth, a filling won’t do. You’ll need a dental crown.
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We are so excited to share our new CEREC digital impression technology with every Idaho patient! Our Boise Dentists have highlighted three things the CEREC system now offers for Boise crowns and bridges:
This wand-like camera allows us to quickly create a digital and pain-free impression of your teeth. No more goop and gagging for any patient! We simply run the Omnicam over your teeth so that it can pick up the exact contour of your teeth and feed it to the CEREC digital impression program. While some of these devices requires a fine powder placed on your teeth for the most accurate results, this high-tech device can create a more accurate impression without any powder necessary. Not to mention that it creates natural-colored impressions for a clearer digital image as well.
The impression that the Omnicam picks up is immediately recorded on the CEREC digital impression platform, where we can show you exactly what the problem is or where the cavity is, as well as what we need to do to fix it. This allows us to communicate with you even better, and it helps you, our patient, understand the process even more. Once we have agreed on a course of action, this program also allows us to re-create the needed Boise crowns and bridges, creating a digital blueprint for the dental crown that we can simply send to our in office CAD/CAM system.
The In Office CAD/CAM System
By having this system in the office, our Boise dentists and patients don’t have to wait for an out of office lab to take the design, create it, and return it to us. Instead, you can get a Boise dental crown within hours of us scanning your teeth with the Omnicam! The system also uses the same quality materials for our dental work, meaning we can provide the same quality of work for a same-day dental crown or bridge placement. Not only that, but you can watch the crown as it is made. When we place it, we can make the necessary adjustments for it to be a perfect fit if we need to as well, and you can still walk out of our office with a brand new Boise dental crown.
We love this system because it gives us the same or better accuracy for impressions while eliminating the mess and schedule difficulties that both our Boise dentists and patient dislike. Not only that, but now we can offer one-day appointments for Boise crowns and bridges. It is the perfect fit for the Summit Dental office, and we are so excited to offer its services to every Boise patient!
We do more than just give you a porcelain dental crown and veneers. We do a thorough job of discovering what you want and what will look and work best with your smile. From our ceramists to our hygienists we aim to make you feel comfortable and to give you your best smile. Wondering how we do it? Here is a typical appointment schedule for getting crowns or veneers:
Initial Cosmetic Dentistry appointment.
If you are considering cosmetic dental work such as a dental crown or veneers, we will do some information gathering during the initial appointment. Our Boise dentists will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab, where they will do a “mock up” in wax so we can show you what to expect as far as the shape and contour of your teeth. This will ensure that we are both happy with the direction of the case before we start. During this appointment we also examine your facial profile and lip line as well as the smile at rest and full smile. We generally take a few pictures for before-and-after comparison.
Second Cosmetic Dentistry appointment.
The next appointment is the actual preparation of your teeth to receive the crown or veneer. Thanks to the cutting edge ceramic materials we use these days, the changes we make for both crowns and veneers are minimal. You also don’t need to worry about how your smile will look between this appointment and the placement of the permanent dental crown or veneers because we will give you provisional or “temporary” crowns or veneers.
At the end of this appointment we take an impression of your teeth to send to Ralph or Jack, our two favorite ceramists who both operate in Boise and the Treasure Valley area. They will create the dental crown or veneers according to the contours and shape we had in the original mock up. They will know the shade to make the veneers and crowns by looking at the picture we provide, or by having you go meet them personally for a custom shade appointment.
Why do we use a local lab? It gives us the option to send you over to their lab for a personal look at your teeth so Ralph and Jack can do their best job in matching the shade, color, shape, and natural anatomy of your teeth. Every person has subtle characteristics that give them their unique smile, so these are best matched in person with a highly experienced and talented ceramist. Secondly, because we are able to work so closely with Ralph and Jack we can get the highest quality, something that would be more difficult to achieve if we used an overseas company. Finally, using a local lab means we are keeping the business here locally, supporting the local Boise economy.
Third Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment.
This is the appointment where we try-in the permanent veneers or crowns to make sure both of us are completely satisfied with the result in all aspects. If any minor changes are needed either in color, shape or contour, our Boise dentists will accomplish this prior to cementing the final veneers or crowns. We have you evaluate your new smile in the mirror, and on some occasions we have a spouse or a friend view them as well to make sure you are completely happy with your new teeth. If you are, we proceed to cementing the veneer or crown on permanently with a specialized cement designed to bond to both the natural tooth structure and ceramic material. We also like to take some photographs of the final result of your beautiful smile!
We do our best to accomplish most of the work on the front end of this process to ensure you are happy with the final product and have a long lasting and high quality veneer or crown. After the dental crown or veneers are in place, you can help maintain the quality and health of these and your other teeth by following the same protocol as you would with your natural teeth: brushing twice a day, regularly flossing and keeping regular hygiene appointments. These regular check-ups help maintain the integrity of the restorations, as well as help catch any potential issues as soon as possible.
We love giving you the smile restoration you want through our thorough and personal cosmetic dental work process. Have more questions on the process? Stop by our Boise dental office or leave a comment below!
Worried about your first cosmetic dental appointment? Put your fears aside with this quick overview of your appointment at our Boise dental office. Your first appointment generally has three parts: expectations, evaluation, and consultation.
You can help us give you the best care by preparing for your appointment before you even arrive at our Boise dentist office. One of the first things we want to know when you head into your appointment is what expectations you have, so come to our office prepared to let us know what you are looking for and what concerns you have. Consider if you looking to fix a distinct problem, or if you want some general ideas on how to improve your whole smile.
If you want any changes completed by a certain date, now is the time to tell us (for example, many people come in for changes before an important day like graduation or their wedding). We will do our best to accommodate you!
If you are a new patient, we will give you a comprehensive new patient exam. This will help us understand if there are any underlying problems we need to address before deciding on a cosmetic procedure.
During a comprehensive exam, we will check for oral cancer, cavities, and evidence of periodontal disease or teeth grinding or clenching. We will also take x-rays to look for tooth decay, bone loss, and other major problems. Our goal is to give you a healthy and functional smile in addition to a beautiful smile. By addressing all the issues you have, not just cosmetic issues, we can save you time, money, and discomfort.
Once we fully understand what you want and what needs to be done, we will discuss the various options you have for a smile restoration or other procedure. Some of the procedures we may discuss include teeth whitening, ceramic crowns and porcelain veneers. If you need some teeth to be replaced, we can discuss the difference between a dental implant and a bridge. If you are looking for a full smile restoration, we will probably recommend a blend of these procedures, covering some teeth with veneers or crowns while whitening others and possibly replacing missing or severely damaged teeth.
In addition to giving you the smile you are looking for, we will also mention any other problems you may want to address. This could include getting a mouth guard to prevent further damage to your teeth from grinding or clenching, or it could mean starting some periodontal treatments for periodontitis.
We want to make every patient in the Treasure Valley area feel comfortable and confident during their appointments in our Boise dentist office. We hope that this overview helped give you a better idea of what to expect when you walk through our doors.
Do you still have a few questions about setting up an appointment or about cosmetic dentistry? Call our Boise office or drop a note in the comments below!
Restoring a smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will use.
Veneers and Crowns
The most common procedures for smile restorations are porcelain veneers and crowns. While made of the same material and resulting in the same effect (white, smooth teeth), veneers and crowns each have their own uses. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that can change the shade and shaping of a tooth that is discolored or chipped, in addition to smoothing out spacing issues such as crowded teeth or excess spacing. They work well when replacing old fillings and are best used on teeth that have a sound structure. If your teeth are structurally sound or the veneers are strictly for cosmetic purposes, veneers could be your best option.
If your teeth are significantly worn down or need more protection, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. A crown is a covering for a tooth that improves strength as well as appearance. They can restore a broken or worn down tooth, mask flaws in color and shape, and strengthen a tooth that was composed of more filling than tooth structure. Crowns are a good fit for teeth that are significantly decayed or that don’t have as much healthy teeth structure.
Implants and Bridges
Need a smile restoration for missing teeth? Implants and bridges are reliable replacements for missing teeth that will give you what feels and looks like a real tooth. When you have lost a tooth, replacing it with an implant can prevent jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss in addition to giving you a great smile. The post placed in your jawbone acts as the tooth’s root, keeping the jawbone strong. The crown attached to this post keeps the surrounding teeth in the right place, gives you a strong tooth for eating and chewing, and completes your smile with a tooth that is identical in shape and color with your other teeth. If you already have an implant but want an even further restored smile, replacing this crown in addition to adding porcelain veneers or crowns to your other teeth is an excellent way to get your ideal smile.
Each of your teeth may be unique; some may be worn down, others simply discolored, and so on. For the best smile restoration, our Boise dentists can use a combination of veneers, crowns, and implants to give you your most winning smile. In addition, while some of your teeth may need a porcelain veneer or crown, some may only require a little teeth whitening. Check out our previous blog on teeth whitening for more information on these procedures.
Have more questions about smile restoration? Stop by our Boise dentist office for a consultation, or leave us a comment or question below.
Ever wondered what exactly “cosmetic dentistry” means? You may be surprised to find out that it means more than teeth whitening. Not only does cosmetic dentistry improve the appearance of a person’s teeth, it can also correct functional problems with your bite or teeth structure. It covers a wide range of procedures that can eliminate problems with chips, cracks, cavities, and missing teeth. Three common procedures that you can find at Summit Dental in Boise include smile restorations, dental implants, and composite fillings.
Smile makeovers and restorations can include a wide variety of procedures. The dentist will look at your smile and suggest the procedures that will give you the best result. This can include teeth whitening in addition to porcelain veneers and crowns. Teeth whitening can either be done in the office in a single appointment or at home with a customized whitening kit. Porcelain veneers are laid on the surface of teeth to eliminate chips, cracks, or discoloration. Porcelain crowns offer similar results while covering the entire tooth.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth. They generally involve the post, which is attached to the jawbone, and the crown, which is attached to the post so that the patient has a new permanent “tooth” in both appearance and functionality. With color matching, the porcelain crowns for implants and smile makeovers can match your own teeth so exactly that they naturally blend into your smile for a unified look.
Colored, no-metal fillings are an excellent replacement for worn-out or decayed metal fillings. Not only do they match the color of your teeth, they will also stay more resistant to staining and discoloration. When you have a cavity or other problem on a visible part of your smile, composite fillings give you the protection you need while maintaining a great smile. Composite fillings are also a great alternative to other fillings due to their strength.
Think you might need a smile makeover, or have questions about composite fillings or implants? We would love to hear from you! Give us a call or stop by our Boise office.