If you want a smile to be proud of, consider a dental crown as a way to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size, make it stronger and improve its appearance. A crown may also be used to improve the alignment of your teeth and your “bite.”
Summer is the time for family photo-shoots and sunny “selfies.” If you aren’t smiling because of a missing tooth, a dental crown can offer the perfect, long-term solution.
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If you think you may need a crown, don’t wait. We are your Palm Beach dental crown specialists! Call to schedule an appointment, today: (561) 627-9000.
There have been many advances in dental care. People are keeping their teeth longer. In daily use your teeth are exposed to certain habits like clenching, grinding or chewing on hard objects and over time this can contribute to the formation of cracks in your teeth. The symptoms of cracked teeth can vary greatly. With a cracked tooth commonly a person experience pain when chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold. For many people with cracked teeth the pain can be erratic which can cause difficulty in finding which tooth is the problem.
There are a number of different kinds of cracked teeth. Which treatment option will be used largely depends on what type of crack you have, where it’s located and the severity of the crack.
Craze Lines – These are very small cracks that only affect the enamel. This type of crack is very common in adults but causes no pain and is very shallow. Usually no treatment is needed unless it is a cosmetic issue. Possible treatment would be bonding or a veneer.
Fractured Cusp – The cusp is the pointed section of the chewing surface of the tooth. If it is weakened a fracture may occur. The cusp may break off from stress or need to be removed by your dentist. After removal the pain usually subsides and a damaged cusp is unlikely to cause any harm to the pulp unless the fracture involves more of the tooth. Treatment may include a bonded restoration, an onlay or a crown depending on the severity of the fracture.
Cracked tooth – This type of crack reaches from the outer surface of your tooth to the root. This type of crack often causes damage to the pulp due to its location and root canal treatment is often needed. Following this your dentist will then use a crown to restore your tooth and protect it. In some cases the crack can reach below your gum line. If this happens the tooth may need additional treatment to save it or it may need to be removed requiring an implant or bridge.
Split Tooth – Split teeth occur if a cracked tooth is left untreated. Dentists usually aren’t able to save a split tooth and the severity of the crack will indicate whether or not any part of the tooth can be saved. If some of the tooth can be salvaged your dentist will usually recommend a crown or similar restoration. If this is not possible, the tooth may need to be removed requiring and implant or bridge.
Vertical root fracture – This type of cracks begin in the root of the tooth and reach out to the outer layers. Vertical root fractures often go unnoticed as they display minimal symptoms and usually aren’t discovered until the surrounding bone or tissues become infected. Depending on the severity of the crack, treatment may involve extracting the tooth or saving a part of the tooth through removing the cracked root. If some of the tooth can be salvaged your dentist will usually recommend a crown or similar restoration. If this is not possible, the tooth may need to be removed requiring and implant or bridge.
There are a number of steps you can take to decrease the risk of cracking your teeth. It’s important to avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or pens. Similarly if you clench or grind your teeth you should consult your dentist as this can often lead to cracks. To protect your teeth against wear from clenching or grinding a night guard can be made. To protect your teeth from trauma while playing sports or other activity a sports guard may be recommended.
Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.
Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000. Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.
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Our patients often are under the impression that implants and implant crown take a long time to complete. You have to wait for the bone to heal but in most cases the crown can be placed in about 3 months after the implant is placed. With some implant systems this can be shortened to 6-8 weeks. You must realize that bone takes a certain amount of time to heal. If you broke your arm you would be in a cast 2 months waiting for the bone to heal. The jaw is no different. In many cases however the patient is not left without a tooth for this period of healing. There are many different options available to provide a temporary tooth during this time including temporary dentures. There are situations where implant healing may take longer depending on the quality and quantity of bone.
Take this test and change your life. Research has shown, not just once or twice but repeatedly, that for most people your smile outranks your eyes, hair and body as your most attractive feature. It is probably also the first thing you notice or avoid when you look in the mirror or at a photograph of yourself. Only you know how your smile has affected your happiness and success.
Are you totally happy with the way your teeth and smile look?
Do you habitually hide your smile with your lips or your hands when you smile?
Do you try not to smile in front of others, especially people you don’t know or have terrific smiles?
When the camera comes out do you avoid smiling?
Would you like a smile that makes you feel proud and confident?
Once you have decided to improve your smile Dr. Lerner, Dr. Lemongello and our dental team is here to help you explore your options to improve your smile. Teeth whitening, Veneers, Crowns, Implants, Invisalign all can help create your ideal smile often in only one or two visits. We look forward to helping you pass this test.
It is not a good idea to use super glue to re-cement a crown. When a crown comes out there can be a number of reasons for this happening. Usually the cement holding it in finally gives out or possibly there is a new cavity underneath and the crown comes out. If this occurs contact your dentist as soon as possible to replace it. The longer it remains out the greater the potential for problems with fitting it back in. There are temporary cement materials available over the counter at the pharmacy that may hold you over until you see a dentist but don’t use super glue. Recently we saw a patient who did and it created a number of additional problems. Chances are it will create problems for you too and may even cause you to need a new crown instead of just replacing the old one. It could be a costly mistake. Our office and our doctors are always available for emergency treatment.