Dental Crowns: A Royal Repair for Your Smile

If you are currently suffering from one or more broken, decayed, weak, cracked, or just unattractive teeth, it is very probable that your local dentist can fix the problems with dental crowns. Crowns, in essence are caps that cover teeth that need a little bit of help. This kind of cap looks and functions just like a healthy and natural tooth. In today’s article we will discuss more about dental crowns, whether or not insurance will help you pay the dentist bill, and how these crowns are made to look just like your natural teeth.

Know Your Crowns

Reasons for getting a dental crown include:

  • You have a cavity that is too large for a standard dental filling
  • You need a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or teeth
  • You’re getting a dental implant – the crown fits over the implant post.
  • You have a badly cracked or broken tooth
  • You have had a root canal, and the restored tooth needs reinforcement and protection
  • You have permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • You are not happy with the shape of your teeth

Crowns are typically made of porcelain, ceramic, gold, and metal alloys. Acrylic and composite resins are also very popular options in today’s dental crown market. Depending on where you plan to get your crown placed, and the functionality required for the crowned tooth, your dentist will then work with you to recommend the best material for your circumstances.

Getting A Dental Crown

To begin, your dentist will prepare the tooth that is to be crowned by removing any remaining decay. The tooth will then be shaped so that it can accept the crown, and your gums will likely be numbed during this process for your comfort. An impression of your teeth is then made, and this mold and the instructions for fabricating the crown is then sent to a dental laboratory. The permanent crown is made, and during the window of time in which the impression is being made and the permanent crown is placed, your dentist may recommend a temporary crown in the meantime.

We know cosmetic dentistry can be a big decision to make, so we want to help you by making it easier! If you have lingering questions concerning dental crowns, or other treatments, all of us here at Great Smile in La Mesa in La Mesa, CA, would love the opportunity to help! Give us a call or send us an email to schedule your very first appointment. We can’t wait to meet you!

Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy) and Canker Sores

Endodontics is a crucial part of dentistry which pinpoints the areas of the soft tissues of the tooth. With that being said, it is also very closely related to canker sores. Here are some things you should know when dealing with the latter.

Why would I need root canal therapy?

Firstly, let’s cover the main purpose of endodontics, root canal therapy. If the soft tissue of a tooth becomes infected, it is almost always required to undergo root canal surgery to prevent further infection of the bloodstream.

Symptoms that you may have an infection

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Sensitivity
  • Discoloration
  • Tenderness
  • Abnormality of teeth

The Cost of Root Canal Therapy

The overall cost for procedures such as a root canal therapy will most definitely always depend on the condition of the tooth. However, generally, treatments on molars tend to be a bit more expensive when considered individually. If the tooth being treated is a natural tooth, however, you can expect to spend less money.

Why Do I Have A Canker Sore After My Procedure?

Well, the good news is that you’re not alone when it comes to sores. Believe it or not, 25% of patients report having some form of sore or oral discomfort after a root canal procedure. It is believed that the frequent rubbing of the gums in the procedure is the primary cause of irritation, but sores in the dental industry have yet to be fully explored. If you are experiencing sores after your procedure, try rinsing with a saltwater mix three times a day. Or similarly, you can use hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria that may be further irritating the sore. There have also been very positive reports of using vitamin E oils for relief and faster treatment times. However, if all else fails, keep taking proper care of your teeth and gums, because most canker sores heal within 7-10 days.

What to do after a Root Canal Procedure?

Like most other dental procedures all that is needed is the basics of a healthy dental routine, brushing and flossing.