Online Dental Education Library
Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
Are YOU a grinder? Do you often wake up with Headaches?
Did you Know:
Many of us clench and grind our teeth while our sleeping
and don't even realize it.
Do you frequently wake up with headaches? We can help.
To learn more about TMJ disorder, visit:
Did you Know:
Managing your Blood Pressure is very important when preventing Strokes. That is partly why we, at HDA, take each and every patients blood pressure before each appointment.
For More information on Strokes, visit:
Oral Cancer Screenings, with the Velscope.
Did you Know:
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Oral Cancer in 2013? This will result in approximately 1 death an hour.
Oral Cancer Screenings using the Velscope, a device which uses blue fluorescence lighting, helps discover pre-cancerous lesions.
Early detection is Key! We can help!
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.