Do you regularly engage in combat or full contact sports? Without a mouth guard?

Do you have a particularly strong sweet tooth?

Does your home have hardwood or tiled flooring?

Do you have a fondness for smoking or dipping tobacco?

Do you have children that simply refuse to brush regularly?

Dental Crowns

The above questions are just a few of the conditions that may necessitate a dental crown. Whether you lose an incisor in a hockey match, crack a molar from chomping hard caramels, shatter a tooth upon falling onto your kitchen floor or discolor your teeth from frequent tobacco usage, a crown can cover up the issue and restore your smile. A crown may also be necessary in order to protect the baby teeth of young children until their adult teeth can develop.

Crowns intended for long-term use can be made from a variety of materials, with the severity of the tooth’s damage playing some factor in the patient’s options.

Crowns made from metal and metallic alloys are commonly used for their durability and necessitating a minimal removal of tooth mass. One drawback of metallic crowns is their appearance; metallic crowns are extremely common in molars.

Dental Crowns for Better Appearance

When appearances need to be maintained, metallic crowns can be fused with shaded porcelain to match your smile. The drawbacks of these metal/porcelain crowns is they are only slightly more durable than porcelain, can wear down over time and a dark streak is noticeable around the gum line from their metal.

While resin crowns are less durable and resilient than metallic crowns, they are among the cheaper options when a crown is necessary.

Even beyond the variety of material options, crowns can also be made as partial implants; these “onlays” and “3/4” crowns cover only a portion of a tooth. Barring zirconia or milled crowns, which can be made on-site in a single visit, crowns require two visits to the dentist.

Root Canal

X-rays and possibly a preliminary root canal if the tooth’s pulp is at risk. The dentist anesthetizes the tooth’s area in order to file it down for fitting; if the tooth is greatly damaged, the dentist will use filler to anchor the crown.

The dentist then makes a mold of the tooth. The dentist will then install a temporary acrylic crown.
Your dentist removes the acrylic crown, checks the permanent crown and cements it under anesthetic.

While a crown may seem like the perfect solution, there are a handful of issues that may crop up after their installations.

Discomfort or Sensitivity

The tooth may feel tender or especially reactive to temperatures. Pain or sensitivity from biting down is a sign of a misfit and you should call your dentist immediately to fix it. Porcelain crowns can chip.

Loosening or Falling Out

Cement can sometimes wash out, leaving the crown loose and open enough for bacteria to slip in. Crowns can fall out when there is a poor fit, improper cement or only a minimal amount of tooth to cover.

Allergies

In rare cases, metallic and porcelain crowns run the risk of agitating allergies. Be mindful that crowns are more like a prolonged “band-aid” for the dental issue.

And crowned teeth are also still at risk for decay and gum disease. You should maintain a regimen of brushing twice daily, usually accompanied with some mouth wash…and always remember to floss!

There are several issues that can cause pain in the mouth. You could have a small cut along the inside of the cheek or you might have a cavity that needs to be filled.

Abscessed Tooth

Another issue is an abscessed tooth. This is an infection that occurs at the root of the tooth. It can also occur between the tooth and the gum line.

No matter where it is in the mouth, it can cause severe pain that often is not managed by over-the-counter medications. Bacteria will settle into the spaces of the tooth that are decayed, which will lead to the infection that develops.

Symptoms of Abscessed Tooth

Some people don’t experience many symptoms of an abscess at all until they are hit with a sudden pain. As with many infections, one of the first signs is a fever.

It’s usually low-grade and similar to what you might see with a cold. You may experience pain while you’re eating. This could result in not being able to eat anything on the side of the damaged tooth.

There could be a bitter taste in the mouth and the smell of the breath could be affected. General discomfort is common. However, when you begin to feel a sharp pain through the jaw or underneath the tooth, then it’s likely a result of an abscess. If the infection is severe, you could see drainage from the tooth.

There are times when the pulp of the tooth might completely die. If this happens, then the pain usually goes away. However, it could result in losing the tooth as there is nothing there to hold it in place.

The infection will still be in the gums and it could spread to other areas of the body. An antibiotic will help to remove the infection that is in the mouth.

Treatment

There are a few ways that an abscessed tooth can be treated. A root canal is one option if there is any part of healthy tooth left.

At times, the abscess might need to be drained. This is usually only in severe cases, and it’s usually done only if you can already see any of the infection draining in the mouth. If there is damage beyond repair, then the tooth will likely be extracted.

This means that the dentist will pull the tooth. An antibiotic will usually be given before the removal of the tooth and you will need to take the medication after it is removed to eliminate the infection.

New technology offers a way that isn’t as painful to eliminate the abscess. A laser can be used to gently remove the infection. This will help decrease any further infection that might occur.

Prevention

The best way to prevent an abscess is to maintain good oral health. Brush the teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily. Visit the dentist every six months so that any cavities can be detected.

If the cavity is seen in time, then it can be filled or treated before it results in an abscess.