A beautiful smile enhances your confidence more than you might realize, but sometimes life has other plans in mind. It’s not uncommon for a person to experience tooth loss for various reasons. As we age, our mouths change and our bone density is sometimes affected, causing tooth loss. Additionally, we also know that tooth loss can be caused by any number of factors, including accident, trauma and even oral health problems. We don’t know who might end up missing teeth or why, but we do know for certain that it has a very lasting negative effect on your life.
At Minty Smiles, we want our patients to feel good about their smiles. We want you to show off your teeth with pride and happiness, and we do not want you to feel that your teeth are in any way a hindrance to your overall happiness. That’s why we offer our patients the opportunity to have a dental crown installed. Not only do crowns help with the aesthetic approach to your life, but also with the overall health of your mouth.
What is A Dental Crown and Who Needs Them?
Dental crowns are more complicated to discuss than they are to live with. A dental crown is pretty much a cap that goes over an existing tooth. It allows the tooth to become more normal looking by restoring its shape and functionality. It helps the tooth become stronger as well as improve the overall look. Most people appreciate them more for the look that it provides than for the functionality and the actual work it does, and that’s perfectly fine.
Now that you know what a crown is, you might be wondering whether or not one is right for you. The simple answer is that we don’t know until our dentist can get into your mouth and see for themselves. However, we do know that there are many people who are usually great candidates for a crown. Do you have any of the following issues?
- A cavity that is too big for a filling
- The desire to cover a discolored tooth or one with a strange shape?
- A missing tooth that requires a bridge
- Root canal treatment that requires a crown to protect the tooth in place
- Something to cover a dental implant
Made from many different materials, our dentist at Minty Smiles Dental will take a look at your mouth and your oral health to determine which is right for you. It might be anything from a metal alloy to a ceramic, porcelain or composite resin material that works well for you. Our dentist at Minty Smiles Dental often use a mixture of materials in an effort to ensure that the color of your teeth is met as closely as possible. We want your crown to look as natural as possible so that no one can tell you have had dental work done.
Placement of A Crown
Once the decision is made to provide you with a dental crown, our dentists can get to work. Once the crown has been created, we then go into your mouth and begin the process. The outer portion of the tooth will need to be removed before anything else is done so that the crown fits. If you have decay on the tooth, that is also removed. Sometimes you need additional structure to support a crown, and that is added onto the top of the existing tooth to make it possible.
Following that, you have an impression made to help build the crown. Our dentist then get to work building a crown that fits the existing tooth and you will be given a temporary crown while you wait. Once the crown is ready to go into your mouth, usually around a week or two later, you will be called back into the office. The temporary crown is then removed and the permanent crown is placed into your mouth. Now you can smile with ease and welcome the new confidence you’ve found in your mouth.
Should I Get Dental Crowns?
Many patients find that dental crowns are their preferred solution for broken or damaged teeth. Patients may be a candidate for dental crowns if one or more of the following apply:
- Broken or damaged tooth that needs to be protected, including protection from breaking
- Broken or worn down tooth that needs to be restored
- Dental bridge needs support
- Tooth implant needs to be covered
- Protect a tooth that has a large filling
- Broken, discolored, or misshapen teeth that need corrected
- Cosmetic alteration
Crowns as Part of Your Smile Makeover
Like other types of aesthetic dental treatments, crowns can transform the way your entire smile looks. But, they also serve a very important role – restoring the function and durability of badly damaged or decayed teeth.
When teeth are badly compromised, smaller, cosmetic dental fillings are not appropriate. Unlike a restoration that “fills” the damaged portion of a tooth, a crown surrounds the entire tooth so that the structural integrity is preserved. This allows the doctor to assist you in retaining your natural teeth, yet completely change the way they look!
What are INLAYS?
An inlay is an indirect restoration that replaces a small portion of the biting surface of a tooth.
We call it an inlay because it goes into the tooth.
An inlay is an alternative way to restore a tooth that needs a filling.
An inlay made from composite or porcelain has an excellent fit inside the tooth. A perfect fit lowers the risk of cavities and breakdown at the edges of the restoration. It also creates a beautiful cosmetic restoration.
Inlays show increased strength over a traditional filling. They are easy to clean and provide a glossy surface that is resistant to plaque buildup.
What are ONLAYS?
An onlay is an indirect restoration that replaces a larger portion of the tooth, extending over the biting surface onto the sides of the tooth. We call it an onlay because it rests on top of the tooth.
An onlay is smaller than a crown and covers less of the tooth surface. An example of a good indication for an onlay is a healthy molar that has broken off one of its cusps. (The cusps are the raised portions on the biting surface that interlock with pits and grooves on an opposing tooth to chew food.)
Onlays consist of either metal or porcelain and completely restore the biting surface of a tooth back to normal function.
What is the Difference Between an Inlay & Onlay?
Both inlays and onlays are pre-formed in a lab before being bonded to the damaged or decayed tooth.
The difference of use depends on the amount of tooth structure that has been lost to wear or decay. Your dentist will help you decide which is most appropriate for you.
An inlay fits within the grooves that are within the cusps of your teeth. An onlay, the larger of the two, fits within the grooves but wraps up and over the cusps covering more of the tooth’s surface.
An onlay is used when the damage is more extensive and the restoration covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps.
Inlays and onlays have several benefits:
- They are made from high quality material. Onlays can be delivered Same Day
- They are extremely durable and can last for many years with proper care.
- They can treat your tooth decay while preserving the structure of your tooth.
- They can eliminate tooth sensitivity and tooth loss.
Most of the risks for inlays and onlays are associated with the anesthetic that is used to numb the area around the tooth. This allows dentists to properly clean and prepare your tooth for the inlay and onlay while you can rest comfortably in the dentist’s chair. If you are taking any medication that may react to anesthetic, make sure to inform your dentist before the treatment.
Definitions of Dental Terminology
An anesthetic injection is when a dental professional injects anesthesia into the veins to administer the drug that will help the patient not feel any sensation during the appointment.
A ceramic restoration is a dental restoration that consists of a ceramic, tooth-colored material that blends into the surrounding teeth.
CEREC AC Connect
CEREC AC Connect allows dental professionals to take digital images of the teeth and send them directly to a dental lab for creation.
CEREC Omnicam is generates a full color scan of the teeth enamel without the need for a powder coating and is simple to operate.
CEREC Orthodontics allow for orthodontists to create a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth without the need for an impression tray to make a mold of the teeth.
CEREC Smile Design Software
CEREC Smile Design Software is a tool that enhances the restoration process to create an accurate digital image of the teeth and what the patient will need to restore his or her smile.
CEREC Zirconia is a material with high flexural strength, biocompatibility and tissue-conserving preparation.
Cone Beam Technology
Cone beam technology enhances the process for gathering information and images of teeth in order to provide a much more precise treatment.
Dental CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and computer- aided manufacturing dental software that creates a detailed image of teeth to enhance the process for customizing various dental restorations.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Digital Dentistry Technology
Digital dentistry technology allows professionals to use digital software and other tools in order to create a dental implant or restoration that matches the patient’s exact specifications.
Screw Retained Crown
A screw retained crown is a dental crown that is held in place with a screw in the jawbone to make it easier to retrieve during a procedure.
A temporary prosthesis is a temporary product we will place in the patient’s mouth while a dental lab creates the customized and final prosthesis.