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All About Dental Crowns

Are you in need of a dental crown? Whether your dentist recommends it for a severely decayed tooth or you have a tooth that has been damaged in some way, a crown is a very common solution. A crown is an artificial tooth, sometimes known as a cap, that fits over the existing tooth to strengthen and protect it. 

Dentist Performing Dental Crown Procedure
Dentist working in dental clinic with patient in the chair.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

There are many benefits to getting a tooth crown as a restoration procedure, such as:

  • Root Preservation. One of the biggest advantages of a crown is that the existing tooth root is preserved and can continue to function as it normally would without the crown. 
  • – Natural look. Crowns are made of porcelain, ceramic, or resin, all of which closely resemble natural tooth material. Crowns can be made to match the color, size, and shape of your existing teeth for a natural look. 
  • Natural function. Crowns function just like your natural teeth. You can usually eat anything you were able to eat before with your natural tooth. 
  • – Easy maintenance. You brush and floss your teeth with a crown in place just as you do the rest of your teeth. There are no special instructions for crown maintenance. 

Reasons for Dental Crowns

There are a variety of different reasons that a dentist may recommend a tooth crown for a patient, including:

  • Severe decay. If you have a tooth or multiple teeth that are severely decayed to the point where a filling would not be sufficient, a crown may be recommended. 
  • – Cracked tooth. A crack in a tooth may require a crown if the crack is deep enough. Sometimes a crack can be corrected with a filling, but there’s a chance the crack will worsen without a crown. 
  • Broken tooth. A broken tooth can usually be corrected with a crown if the break does not go below the gum line and as long as there is enough tooth left to attach the crown. In some cases the remaining tooth will be built up with resin so that there is enough material to support the crown.  
  • – Failing cavity filling. If you have an old filling in a tooth that falls out or a tooth that has a significant amount of filling, it may need to be replaced with a crown. 
  • – Support for a dental bridge. A bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. A bridge is usually secured by crowns that are placed over the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. 

What a Crown Procedure Entails

To be fitted for a crown, the natural tooth must first be filed down to a smaller size. This can usually be done with local anesthesia as with a cavity filling. An impression is then made of the tooth and sent to a lab to create the crown. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth for a few weeks until the permanent crown comes in from the lab. When it comes in you’ll go back to the dentist to have it fitted. If the crown fits properly it will be permanently cemented into place. 

Why Get a Crown Instead of Having the Tooth Pulled?

When a tooth is decayed or damaged, many patients consider having the tooth pulled instead of restored with a crown to save money. But having the tooth removed can cause problems. Your other teeth may shift out of place when one is removed. The missing tooth can cause a weakness in your jaw at the site. It can also be harder to chew when you’re missing a tooth, potentially causing pain in the gums where the tooth was. 

Dental crowns can preserve teeth and last for many years, potentially for the rest of your life. The benefit is worth the cost, and whether or not you have dental insurance, financing and payment plans can make the cost more affordable. 

Where to Get a Dental Crown in Savannah, GA

If you’re in need of a tooth crown, Savannah Dental Solutions provides a full range of dental services from preventive care to cosmetic dentistry in Savannah for patients of all ages. We strive to make all procedures as comfortable and stress-free as possible. 

Call (912) 354-1366 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping preserve your teeth for a lifetime. 

How to Save a Knocked Out Tooth

If you or child knock out a tooth, you might start to panic. After all, a tooth that was once living peacefully in your mouth is now lying on the ground. However, it is important to stop and take a deep breath. Roughly 5 million teeth are knocked out in the United States every year, and approximately 90 percent of them can be saved. It is crucial, though, to follow these steps to maximize your chances of saving the tooth.

hockey player How to Save a Knocked Out Tooth

See the Emergency Dentist for a Knocked Out Tooth

Be Careful

How you handle the tooth can make the difference on whether it can be reattached, and it is vital to protect the tiny roots and nerves. Gently pick up the tooth by the chewing surfaces, avoiding the root end.

Rinse or Wipe the Tooth

If you have access to water, gently rinse away loose dirt. If not, use your hands to carefully wipe away obvious debris from the chewing surfaces, but do not touch the root. Do not use any tools such as a rag or a toothbrush, and do not apply any cleanser including soap or toothpaste.

Transport the Tooth in the Mouth

Your or your child’s own saliva is the best way to protect the tooth. If possible, carefully push it back into its socket. Otherwise, place it between the cheek and the gum tissue. Do not drink or eat anything, as you could damage or even swallow the tooth.

Milk Makes a Good Substitute

If there is severe oral trauma, the tooth belongs to a very small child, or there is some other reason not to transport the tooth in the mouth, gently submerge it in a glass of milk. Specialized dental solution is also available, but procuring it immediately is generally impossible. It is usually used by dentists to prolong the lifespan of knocked out teeth once they reach the office.

Do not submerge the tooth in water. This will likely cause severe trauma to the root, killing the tooth and making it impossible to reattach. Rinsing is acceptable, but prolonged exposure to water is never okay.

See the Dentist ASAP

A knocked out tooth is an extreme dental emergency, as most successful reattachments occur within 15 to 30 minutes of the tooth being knocked out. It is worth trying to save a tooth that has been knocked out for even an hour or more, especially if it has been kept in the mouth, but the chances of success drop dramatically after the first 30 minutes. If your regular dentist’s office is closed, go to the nearest emergency dentist. Emergency dentists are available 24/7, 365 days per year.

Although a knocked out tooth can be scary, it is actually quite common, and there is an excellent chance for the tooth to be saved. If you or your child knock out a tooth, take a deep breath and remain calm. Follow the tips above, see a dentist immediately, and follow up with your regular dentist within a few days.

Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.