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Dental Crown FAQs Answered

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWhat is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or "cap," is a tooth-shaped restoration that is made by a machine. It is designed to cover and strengthen the entire tooth.

Why might I need a dental crown?

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown for a tooth that has had a root canal, or one that has had a large filling, to help keep the tooth strong for biting and chewing. Crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. A crown may also be recommended to protect a weak, broken, or discolored tooth.

What types of materials are used to make crowns?

Metal Alloy - gives a silver appearance. Metal crowns are very strong and therefore tend to last longer than other crown materials.

Porcelain (including Ceramic and Glass-Like materials) - the most natural looking and the color can be designed to closely match surrounding teeth. Because it is not as strong as metal, porcelain crowns may break or fracture due to heavy biting or grinding.

Porcelain Fused to Metal - Covering a metal crown with porcelain creates a more natural looking crown. The metal provides an additional level of strength to the crown, even though the porcelain may still be prone to fracture.

What is involved in getting a crown?

Getting a dental crown typically takes two dental office visits. Today's Dental create precise shapes and sizes for dental restoration including bridges and crowns. We use this technology to design the anatomical features, size, and shape of the tooth.

An image of your mouth and gums allows us to draw the precise design of the tooth restoration giving you a perfect fit. This first step creates the “thimble” which sits over the tooth against the gum. Then an artisan layers the ceramic over the thimble in order to create the life-like look.

Will I need a root canal if I get a crown?

No, not all teeth that get crowns need to have a root canal. Typically, teeth that have had a root canal treated do need to have a crown placed on the tooth.

For more information on dental crowns, contact Today's Dental.

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Invisible Braces Let You Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo you or your teen need braces? Invisible braces are a clear, more comfortable alternative to braces. For teens and adults, clear aligners are a popular alternative because they straighten teeth while being invisible. With clear braces, you can smile with confidence no matter what your age.

Invisible braces are as effective as metal braces, but the clear plastic aligners are removable allowing you to more easily care for your teeth. Remove them while you eat, brush and floss. Clear braces make dental care easy and more effective than traditional braces.

Too many teens and adults who need braces lose confidence while they are wearing metal braces because they are embarrassed by their smile. In fact, this is the reason why too many adults forgo straightening their teeth with traditional braces.

At Today’s Dental we see more patients deciding to take better care of their teeth through clear braces. Did you know that crooked teeth can lead to other dental health issues? This is why we are happy to provide an option to traditional braces. Healthy teeth are important to your dental and overall health.

No longer do you need to avoid getting braces. With invisible braces, patients don't have to hide their smile while straightening their teeth.

In many instances, clear braces can straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time, and with less dental visits than regular braces. For more information on invisible braces, or to see if you are a candidate, contact Today’s Dental.

Regular Dental Checkups Can Save You Thousands

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAIt might sound crazy, but spending $100 on your teeth can actually save you thousands. How? First let's look at what $100 covers. The average cost of a dental exam and cleaning is $50 - $135. If you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket expense may range from nominal to nothing for basic dental care services including X-rays.

Now let's go over how this can actually save you thousands.

If you have dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer, regular dental visits give your dentist a chance to catch it early on. That's key. Because the earlier your dentist diagnoses a problem the easier it is to treat. For example, if you have gum disease and let it go unchecked (and untreated) for too long, you may need extensive -- and expensive -- gum disease treatment. Regular dental checkups allow you and your dentist to stay ahead of problems, which can translate into thousands saved.

A professional dental cleaning is also a must because it's the only way to effectively remove tartar (hardened plaque). Even if you brush and floss regularly, that’s not enough. Besides looking unsightly (tartar is a "stain magnet" and often has a brown or yellowish tint), tartar also contains cavity-causing bacteria. Preventing the need for a mouthful of fillings every year easily adds up to thousands saved in the long run.

Perhaps one of the most important reasons to invest in regular dental exams and cleanings is that it has a positive impact on your overall health. Recent studies have shown that there’s a link between periodontal disease and heart disease; when the former is present, the latter is twice as likely.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease can have a domino effect on your health. The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and attach to your heart's blood vessels, causing dangerous blood clots. Another scenario is that the plaque buildup caused by periodontal disease can cause the heart's blood vessels to swell.

In this way, regular checkups and cleanings are not only money-saving but life-saving. And that’s priceless.

For a dental appointment, contact Today's Dental.

Teeth Whitening Products that Are Not As Safe As You Think They Are

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

Celebrities and TV personalities all have white teeth. As a result, Americans are infatuated with the idea or a sparkling white smile. Teeth Whitening is the most common cosmetic procedure performed today. There are plenty of options to choose from as well, from teeth whitening toothpaste, whitening strips and mouth washes to in-office teeth whitening procedures.

But there are some things you should know.

Some of these over the counter whitening products have not been tested and there are lawsuits that are pending for materials that have actually caused gum trauma or caused the tooth to actually dissolve.

Teeth are porous. Dark food, drink and smoking all stain teeth and cause them to stain and darken. Bleaching causes teeth to be more porous. This means, that once you begin bleaching your teeth, your teeth are more porous than when you started, so dark food and drinks, like coffee, wine and tea, can stain your teeth even more.

Many people find that if they stop teeth bleaching, their teeth eventually regress to a shade worse than it was before they started because the bleach makes tooth enamel more porous.

Going to a dentist for an in-office whitening procedure is safer. The American Dental Association said in a report that bleaching is generally safe when done under the guidance of a professional.

At Today's Dental we fabricate custom tooth whitening trays and provide professional strength gel to brighten your smile. Custom whitening trays are made specifically for your teeth, whitening the front, back and in between for better results. Additionally, because they are custom fitted, there is no damage to your gums.

In-office teeth whitening last longer as well. Under your dentists supervision, whitening results can last up to 2 years with good hygiene and lower exposure to staining foods or beverages. With periodic touch-up applications and regular dental hygiene visits, your whiter, brighter smile will last indefinitely.

For more information, contact Today's Dental.

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