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Ouch! Why am I Wincing?

A sudden, sharp pain when you bite—that's seemingly out of nowhere? Most likely, it's a cracked tooth. Even a hairline fracture in a cavity-free molar can make the most hardy of us sit up and take notice. When you're visited by this kind of bite-down pain, get to the dentist quick. Most cracks are superficial, affecting only part of the crown, but others are more significant and traverse the tooth deeply enough to expose root structure. The simpler "and more common" fractures that affect only enamel are easily treated with an onlay or crown. The deeper ones threaten the vitality of the tooth and require a rapid and more complicated response. And your pain can't tell the difference. Neither youth [...]

By |2022-01-04T20:45:04+00:00March 15th, 2022|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Ouch! Why am I Wincing?

Learning More About Cracked Teeth

Every tooth fracture's an emergency. Unfortunately, some are too tiny to be spotted by even a trained eye. We call it Cracked Tooth Syndrome. A patient shows up with a "mouthful of pain." Something's wrong somewhere, but which tooth? It could even be a hairline crack in an apparently healthy, cavity-free molar. Most cracks tend to be superficial, involving only part of the crown and a bit of the root structure. With a fast and effective procedure, direct bonding, the small fracture can be prevented from growing larger—and more unattractive. Best of all, 90% of all cracks require uncomplicated treatment: tooth-colored fillings, porcelain laminated veneers, or crowns. But that one crack in 10 that's deep or complex demands a more [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:55:16+00:00September 14th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Learning More About Cracked Teeth

Crown Considerations

When You'll Need a Crown For whatever reason, your tooth needs reinforcement and restoration. Perhaps it's an unsightly color. Maybe you cracked it on a popcorn kernel—or it's been weakened by several fillings. Maybe you've had root canal therapy. You're probably going to need a replacement crown on that tooth. If two or more teeth are compromised, or there's a gap where a tooth is missing, you'll need the crown's cousin—the bridge. Do I have choices? Definitely. There are four categories of crowns, or caps, as defined by their composition: the all-gold crown, the porcelain covering the gold crown, the porcelain covering the non-precious metal crown, and the all-porcelain crown. Up-Sides and Down-Sides All-gold: UP: Outstanding from a dental health [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:41:52+00:00September 15th, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Crown Considerations

Crowns: Dental Workhorses

Most dentists will agree that crown restorations are at the heart of general dentistry. We've all studied crowns in dental school, and some of us have done our best work replacing missing teeth and saving the rest. Research has given us the wherewithal to achieve virtually ideal restorations. They are natural-looking, comfortable and stable in the moist environment of the mouth. We're better equipped than ever to build strong, long-lasting and cosmetically superior crowns. What is a crown? A crown (or cap) is a restoration placed over a broken tooth that cannot sustain a conventional filling. By covering the biting surfaces and sides of the tooth, a crown strengthens the damaged tooth by binding together the remaining structures. There are [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:27:45+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Crowns: Dental Workhorses