Everything You Need to Know About Crowns

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Dental crowns are vastly important for chewing and smiling. Because we use them daily, crowns have many opportunities to break, crack, and become dislodged. Find out everything you need to know about maintaining them, and what happens when you need cosmetic dentistry in Hell’s Kitchen to replace one or more. 

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What Are Crowns? 

Crowns from your dentist are of porcelain mostly, but can be zirconia, metal, or ceramic. At Coliseum Dental, each crown from us will be fashioned from porcelain. These are as strong as enamel, but will need to be properly maintained as it they were real. 

These are hollow caps that slip over teeth to protect them from any further damage. 

Times When You Need a Dental Crown 

Believe it or not but mouths undergo a lot of daily stress. Anything from mouth breathing to biting a hard object can have an adverse effect on enamel. You will need a dental crown procedure to: 

·      Prevent the spread of tooth decay 

·      Restore your smile aesthetic 

·      Cover and support a cavity plagued tooth 

·      Hold a bridge firmly in place 

·      Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth 

·      Top of an implant 

·      Shelter a root canal 

What to Expect from a Procedure 

Receiving a crown is a very easy appointment. We begin by taking x-rays of the teeth and surrounding bones to see the extent of the damage. If we see underlying concerns, we will treat them before you receive a new crown. We do this to ensure your procedure is successful. 

Next, we’ll grind down the teeth that need a crown. By reshaping it, we can ensure a snuggly fitting crown that doesn’t add additional bulk to your mouth and smile. 

With the impressions in hand, we have the information we need to craft you a new smile. 

Are Same-Day Crowns as Strong as Lab-Made Ones 

The time it takes for you to receive a crown has no impact on its integrity. After all, the time it takes to create is the only real difference. 

What Else Can CEREC® Make? 

While we heavily use CEREC® technology to fabricate crowns in just one visit, it can do much more. If you’re visiting us for a veneer, bridge, or other cosmetic upgrade, we use CEREC® to craft whatever you need in under an hour in most cases. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Often Do Crowns Break? 

Since porcelain is of roughly the same sturdiness as enamel, replacement caps break at around the same percentage as teeth; not all too often. However, you will need to practice good oral hygiene to keep them lasting as long as possible. 

What Are the Best Ways to Care for My Dental Crowns? 

As a general rule, treat your porcelain replicas as if they were real teeth. This means that you need to: 

·      Sufficiently brush twice a day 

·      Properly floss daily 

·      Never use your mouth as a tool 

While these are great to keep in mind, they aren’t be all end all solutions. You may also want to be mindful of your eating habits. Munching on ice may seem fine on a hot day but ice is hard enough to chip porcelain, the same as it often does with enamel.  

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Are You Looking for Cosmetic Dentistry in Hell’s Kitchen? 

No matter if you need crowns or teeth whitening, Coliseum Dental can be the place for all of your dental needs. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment. 

Frequently Asked Laser Dentistry Questions

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Have you scheduled an appointment for laser dentistry in Murray Hill? If so, you like many others may have a lot of questions about what to expect. While the appointment may make you nervous, it shouldn’t. 

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What Is Laser Dentistry? 

Laser dentistry is a method we use to provide quality care for all patients. Our specialized tools focus modified light beams in such a way that makes the drill an obsolete dental relic. Lasers allow dentists to offer noninvasive care even for more complex conditions. 

Are Lasers Safe? 

Lasers are incredibly safe for several reasons. First, the modified light rays only affect one type of tissue at a time. This means, as we recontour or whiten your teeth, your tongue, gums, and lips will be unaffected. 

Secondly, lasers are noninvasive. There is no slicing, cutting, or drilling involved as we use lasers to remove plaque and tartar with ease. 

Lastly, because of their noninvasive nature, lasers don’t cause pain. This is wonderful news for those nervous of using anesthesia or painkillers during their appointments. In fact, only in rare cases will a patient ask for sedatives during laser, and if they do, it’s usually a result of dental phobia, not pain. 

What Are Common Laser Dentistry Procedures? 

At Coliseum Dental we use WaterLase™ lasers, which give us supreme versatility. 

Gummy Smile Treatment 

If your smile reveals more gum than you care for, consider gummy smile surgery. With lasers, our team can reshape your gum line, so you can feel confident in your smile anywhere you go. 

Gum Surgery 

Fighting periodontal disease sometimes comes down to surgery, which use to rely on scalpels and stitches. By using lasers, we can safely remove infected tissues without making you bleed uncontrollably!  

Teeth Whitening 

Laser teeth whitening has the ability to brighten smiles by up to eight shades! Whitening is a multistep procedure. Here’s what to expect: 

1.     Notation of your current teeth color  

2.     Cleaning and polishing of each tooth 

3.     Isolation of your teeth and soft tissues 

4.     Hydrogen peroxide application 

5.     Laser activation 

The end result is a Hollywood smile that will be the envy of any passersby.  

Who Can Receive Laser Dentistry? 

Laser dentistry is a modality safe for all ages and walks of life. Your young child and elderly parents can experience the wonders of this dental technology without a hint of discomfort. 

At Coliseum Dental, we prefer using lasers when we work with your little ones to improve their oral health. Why? Because lasers are so gentle, and comfortable. This type of dentistry helps prevent dental phobias, allowing for smoother experiences as your child grows into their teen and adult years. 

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Are You Excited for Laser Dentistry in Murray Hill? 

With so many benefits of this method, it’s hard not to want a laser procedure. Regardless of color, pain, or aesthetics, if you have an oral issue, lasers can provide the relief you need. Wait no longer for the care you deserve and schedule an appointment. 

Give Coliseum Dental a call today to improve your oral wellbeing! 

Night Guards

WHAT’S A NIGHT GUARD? DO I HAVE BRUXISM?

A Dental night guard is an oral appliance that protects your teeth from chronic grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism. It acts as a cushion barrier between your top teeth and bottom teeth. According to the American Academy of Oral Medicine, teeth grinding/clenching is common among children and adults at times. Bruxism in children can occur through stress and during sleep, but in most cases resolve on their own. Children are not recommended for night guards due to the fact that their jaws are still developing. However, adults that experience grinding and clenching chronically during sleep often are best resolved with a nightguard. If untreated in adults can cause issues with your teeth and/or jaw; if so it’s time to speak to a dental professional at Coliseum.

Because the actions of clenching and grinding place stress upon your jaw (just like working out causes muscle fatigue and soreness) you can experience jaw pain, damage to the tooth structure, gum recession, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, headaches, and even migraines that make it difficult to function throughout the day.

DO I NEED A NIGHT GUARD?

If you experience these signs/symptoms:

  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Waking up with headaches
  • TMJ inflammation due to clenching
  • Chronic grinding
  • Wear or flat surfaces of your teeth (I.e. posterior molars or canines)
    • Thinned out protective enamel or exposed dentin

REASONS FOR A CUSTOM NIGHT GUARD

Over-The-Counter night guards can be bulky, at times ill-fitting, and if not captured accurately can lead to pain/pressure/soreness, tooth shifting, or even jaw misalignment. An in-office impression and custom made night guard provides a snug fit for comfort provides an even bite between posterior and anterior teeth to actually reduce clenching, grinding, and TMJ issues.

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS

Medications for anxiety or muscle relaxants can help manage bruxism. For patients that are not able to wear a night guard and/or seek alternative treatments; Botox injections can help people with severe bruxism and reduce their grinding and clenching. If you have any questions or interested in more information about medications and injections you should speak with your dentist at Coliseum Dental.

BOTTOM LINE

Custom Nightguards aren’t cheap, but neither is restorative treatment. If you protect your teeth during early signs of clenching and grinding it will be more cost-effective and health beneficial. Opt for a custom night guard that will feel better, is custom to your smile, and is guaranteed to fit!