Posts for: December, 2014

By Dow Dental
December 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Although your teeth are meant to stand the test of time, sometimes decay and injury mean they need added interventions. When this occurs, dental crowns can help. Also known as “caps,” dental crowns are available at our Springfield, OR dentist’s office in a variety of materials. The right material for you can depend upon a number of factors: the crown’s appearance, its durability and its costs.

Three chief types of dental crown materials exist: all-ceramic or all-porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal and gold.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking crowns. This is because these materials are tooth-colored. They are ideal for crowns being placed in the front of the mouth because they are more visible. In addition, these crown types are beneficial to people with metal allergies because they are metal-free. However, ceramic crowns are not as durable as their metal counterparts, meaning they may be subject to chipping or cracking as well as require replacing in anywhere from five to 10 years.

Gold crowns are typically used in the back portion of the teeth because the crown is less visible in this area. While gold crowns may not be natural-looking as their ceramic counterparts, they are very durable and less subject to breakdown if a person habitually grinds or clenches his or her teeth. Additionally, gold crowns tend to be the longest-lasting, lasting longer than two decades in many instances.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a method to combine the best of both worlds when it comes to crowns. They feature the natural-looking porcelain combined with the underlying metal that ensures the crown will be long-lasting. The chief drawback for this crown type is that the underlying metal can start to show through over time. This could mean you will want to replace the crown earlier to maintain a similar aesthetic result.

Our Springfield, OR dentists can discuss the right materials for your dental crown. Call (541) 726-9644 to schedule an appointment.

By Dow Dental
December 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Find out the telltale signs that it’s time to get a new dental crown in Springfield.

A dental crown seems like a miracle after dealing with a damaged tooth. Your crown makes it significantly easier to eat your favorite foods and speak more clearly, not to mention it certainly makes your smile look better; however, while we want all good things to last Dental Crownsforever, there are times when a dental crown may need to be replaced. Find out if it’s time to see your Springfield dentist for a new dental crown.

You notice excessive wear and tear: While dental crowns are not natural teeth, in many ways they are actually very similar. In fact, dental crowns are built with the same durability and strength as a natural tooth, so wear and tear is just as possible with a crown as it is with your real teeth. This often happens in patients who are teeth grinders or jaw clenchers.

Going in for your routine dental checkups will ensure that your Springfield dentist catches any signs of wear so that the crown can be replaced. If the crown is causing wear on other natural teeth, we may talk to you about a dental crown made from another material like ceramic, which is less abrasive.

The dental crown has been damaged: Sometimes parts of the dental crown fracture, particularly if you opt for porcelain crowns. When a dental crown breaks it often breaks all the way through. This completely compromises the crown’s ability to work effectively. Again, this is seen in porcelain crowns over other materials like gold. Some breaks are minor enough that all your Springfield dentist has to do is buff the spot with a drill; however, if the break is more severe, you will need a new dental crown.

It no longer looks good cosmetically: Even if your dental crown doesn’t break, there are changes that can happen in your mouth that can cause your crowns to look aesthetically unpleasing. For one, if the edge of the dental crown has become visible you will notice the grey metal when you smile. This is often due to gum recession, which can happen if patients don’t brush and floss regularly.

Also, over time the dental crown may lose its original color, giving you a non-uniform smile. When this is the case, opt for get a new dental crown that matches the shade of the rest of your teeth so your smile looks more natural.

If it’s time to replace your dental crown, call your Springfield dentist today for an appointment.