Using Dental Crowns to Repair the Smile and Restore Confidence

Dental Crown Houston, TXWhile the teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are issues that can arise at times that may require the assistance of a quality dental team. In Houston, TX, patients can work with the dentists at Royal Dental to determine the best restoration to repair their smile when breakage or decay develop. One of the most common restorations used in dentistry today is the dental crown.

Dental crowns explained

The dentists at Royal Dental describe dental crowns as custom porcelain “caps” that bond over the top of the exposed area of tooth. The crown is meant to act as another layer of protection that can strengthen a tooth or cover its appearance. Dental crowns may also be used over the abutment of a dental implant to restore a missing tooth and address functionality that may have been lost when a tooth is damaged or extracted.

Why dental crowns?

Dental crowns have several benefits. They are fabricated with the patient in mind. The dentist ensures precision results by instructing the ceramic to make the restoration with the same shape, color, and size as the rest of the teeth in the smile. This allows for proper integration into the smile. Additionally, dental crowns are fabricated from porcelain, which is a material that closely mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. By using materials such as porcelain, dentists can help patients realize how aesthetic their new restoration will be when bonded in place. Dental crowns are also very strong and durable and are fabricated to withstand natural chewing and biting forces. They can crack, however, so it is important that patients avoid chewing or biting on hard items such as hard candies or ice cubes. This will improve the longevity of restorations as well as the natural teeth.

Contact Royal Dental to find out more about dental crowns

Patients in the Houston, TX community and beyond who are ready to discuss restorations such has dental crowns are welcome to book a consultation appointment at one of the eight convenient office locations in the area. Contact the primary line at (713) 330-7700 to schedule a visit at the practice best located for you!

When a Dental Crown Hurts

Dental Crown Houston , TXDental crowns are known for their ability to protect teeth from painful injury. Usually, when a dental crown is placed over a tooth, an injury has already occurred. Sometimes, that injury is evident and painful; sometimes it is not. Whether pain occurs before a dental crown or not, it is not a sensation that one expects to encounter after their crown has been installed. Here, we want to discuss why a crown might hurt and what we may need to do to restore comfort.

Tooth Structure Plays a Role

To understand any reason why a dental crown may hurt, we’ve got to look at the natural structure of teeth. What we see on the surface is a coating of enamel. This is a tough substance that resists breakage and exists on teeth to protect softer components like tiny tubules, nerves, and blood vessels. At the centermost area of each tooth is where the most delicate materials reside, including the nerves.

Like any other nerve in the body, the one that is situated in a tooth will respond to stimulation. This could be the temperature of the food you eat or the sensation of your toothbrush. Nerves will also react to dental injuries such as a crack or chip and dental work due to the vibration of the dental drill. This is a critical aspect of tooth anatomy because it helps us see why dental crown treatment may result in pain.

What Might Cause Dental Crown Pain?

In many cases, the pain that is associated with dental crowns occurs the day of or the day after treatment. This discomfort is related to the stimulation absorbed by the nerve of the tooth during treatment and possibly during the initial injury. Pain that develops after dental crown treatment usually resolves on its own. However, there is no way to guarantee this. Sometimes, pain requires further treatment.

If dental crown pain tends to occur only when you bite down, the problem could be that the crown structure is a little high and is hitting the opposing tooth incorrectly. This may be a relatively easy fix that involves adjusting the shape of the crown.

If dental crown pain persists or worsens, your dentist may want to take x-rays to observe the state of the root and nerve of the tooth. The stimulation from injury and dental work may have been too much for the nerve and root canal therapy may be needed to eliminate persistent pain.

Our staff provides gentle care in a friendly environment. If you’re experiencing dental pain, we can help you feel better. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a visit to one of our Houston offices or another office near you.

About That Crown . . .

Dental Crowns and Bridges Houston, TXDental crowns. When we need them, we may not be very happy. A crown means that something has happened to cause significant damage to a tooth. This could be a direct hit from a rogue baseball or it could be a direct hit from oral bacteria at the center of the tooth. Whatever the reason a dental crown becomes necessary, there is actually something to be happy about. Today’s dental crowns are nothing like those that our parents and grandparents had to endure.

Originally, dental crowns were made from metal; gold, actually. The reason that dentists did not look for a suitable tooth-colored material was because the primary purpose of a crown was to restructure the tooth that could no longer function on its own. At the time, gold was the best choice. The metal crowns that look silver came later as a way to repair teeth in a more affordable manner. We cannot imagine that, even 100 years ago, patients had much appreciation for unnatural-looking dental crowns. Our perception is it was one of those “is what it is” situations. Luckily, that situation no longer exists.

Crowns Go Above and Beyond

The purpose of crowns has not changed. A better way to describe it would be to say that the purpose of crowns has expanded. Or maybe we should say the capabilities of dental crowns have expanded. The desire for an attractive smile has existed for centuries. The need for repair should not disrupt the natural nuances of the smile. Today’s crowns make sure this does not happen.

When there is a desire for natural appearance, and there almost always is, a porcelain crown may be the greatest value. Porcelain is commonly used in the fabrication of dental veneers due to the striking similarities between this material and the outer shell of teeth. In addition to resembling enamel, porcelain has also proved that it can hold up to the harsh nature of biting and chewing. In so doing, porcelain proved itself worthy of restorative function.

Porcelain crowns are a wonderful metal-free option that supports an all-natural smile. These restorations are comparable to metal-based crowns in terms of durability and longevity, too. To learn more about your options for restorative or cosmetic dental crowns, call Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700.

Help! I Swallowed my Crown!

dental crowns in houston tx | Royal Dental While it may seem ridiculous that you could swallow your crown, it does happen sometimes. Unfortunately, bonding is not perfect and crowns will come loose sometimes. In this case, hopefully you notice when it falls off, but this may be surprisingly difficult—especially if you are eating. In the case that you have swallowed your crown, don’t panic. You have options, and everything will be okay. Here’s what you should do.

1. Contact the Professionals

The first thing you should do is call both your dentist and your family doctor. Your dentist will be able to set up an appointment with you to replace your crown, and your doctor might have extra ideas about how to better pass your crown. He even might want to x-ray you to make sure things are normal (well, as normal as they can be if you have a dental crown inside of you).

2. Passing the Crown

Although you can potentially try to make yourself throw up and then look for the crown in your vomit, the most common approach is to just let the crown pass through your digestive system. You should see it within a day or a week at the most. You can help your body along by adding some soluble fiber like Metamucil. This will speed things along and also soften your stool, making it easier for you to find and retrieve the crown.

You should also start using a sturdy bucket or container to take care of your number two business. You won’t want to have to wade through your toilet water to get your crown. While it’s disgusting, it will be worth not missing the crown and therefore saving yourself hundreds of dollars. Go through your bowel movements, using disposable utensils to smash it to make sure you’re not missing the crown.

3. Replacing the Crown

After you find your crown (and if you don’t, you will want to go to the doctor to make sure that you missed and it’s not stuck in your body somewhere), you should clean it with bleach and a toothbrush the best you can. Your dentist will sterilize it and then reattach it to your tooth.

Good luck retrieving your crown!

What Should You Do If Your Crown Falls Out?

dental crownEven though they are supposedly permanent, even the best crowns can be damaged and fall out, especially thanks to trauma, tooth grinding (or bruxism), or even decay. If you’ve had it for a while, perhaps the cement holding the crown in place merely wore out. Hopefully there isn’t any damage to the crown, and your dentist will be able to rebond it into place with no problems. However, there could be more serious complications.

No matter your situation, a loose crown needs to be acted on quickly. Here’s what you should do.

Don’t Swallow!

Make sure that you’ve got the crown out of your mouth and in your hand. While many caps can be swallowed without fear of choking or suffocation, there is always that risk. At the very least, you will need to pay for a new crown instead of just the reattachment.

Call Your Dentist Immediately

Contact your dentist as soon as you can. Hopefully he or she will be able to see and treat you that day or the day after. Even if there are no available appointments for a few days, your dentist will be able to recommend a course of action for you to take while you are waiting for your appointment.

Keep Everything Clean As Can Be

This is the hardest part. While waiting for your appointment, you will need to keep both your crown and your damaged tooth clean. Sterilize the cap and then keep it in a tight and dry container. As for your tooth, brush it gently with a very soft tooth brush. If the nerve is still active and you feel pain, avoid extreme temperatures and eat only soft foods using other parts of your mouth. Be very gentle and keep food from falling into the gap in your tooth.

If you need extra help, you can buy some temporary dental cement from a drug store, or even cover the area with some sugarless gum. However, under no circumstances should you try to fix your crown on your own. This will only cause more pain and damage.

If your crown falls out, call Royal Dental right away. We can help you get back on the road to a healthy mouth.

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