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How Long Do Tooth Crowns Last?

May 16, 2018

Filed under: Crowns — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:28 pm

I just had a crown placed at my dental office and I was wondering this, how long do tooth crowns last?

Different kinds of tooth crowns or caps. Now that I have a crown, how long will it last?

How long do tooth crowns last is a very good question!  And, it is a question without an easy answer.  In our office we like to tell our patients that how long do tooth crowns last depends on three things:

  1. How well your dentist has taken care of your tooth and the use of a high quality dental lab, and high quality dental materials
  2. How well you take care of your tooth.  Do you brush and floss?   Do you have any bad habits like clenching or grinding? Do you use your teeth as tools?  Do you like to eat ice or very hard foods or candies?  This could things could shorten the life of your crown, and
  3. Genetics.  Unfortunately you and your dentist have no control over this.  Some peoples’ teeth are just stronger and less prone to decay.  Dental crowns and fillings just last longer due to the surrounding teeth, saliva, gums, and bone.

Crowns for front teeth may be all-porcelain or porcelain on top of metal – usually gold.

Different kinds of crowns may be more or less prone to breaking.

So, to make your crowns last as long as possible, you should select a dentist that is willing to give you some kind of guarantee.  You should be able to view photos of that dentists completed crowns for their patients (not just stock photos that they have).  You should carefully evaluate your habits and your responsibilities to see that you are doing everything you can to make your crowns last.  Here are some things that you personally can do:

  • See your dentist regularly – usually every six months – for an examination and cleaning.
  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly and thoroughly
  • Avoid long contact times between your teeth and anything you eat or drink that bacteria also eat and drink!

Dental insurance will usually say this about how long do tooth crowns last.  Insurance will usually pay to replace defective crowns once every 5 to 7 years.  We think they should last a lot longer than this!  If the reason your crown fails has anything to do with the work of the dentist or the dental laboratory, the problem will usually show up within the first two years.  In our office we guarantee your new crown for 5 years if you see us for regular examinations and cleanings.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, AAACD

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

Dental Crowns Do Not Bleach

December 1, 2017

Filed under: All Porcelain Crowns,Tooth Whitening or Tooth Bleaching — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 7:00 am

Before you bleach your teeth, you should find out if you have any dental crowns or restorations (fillings) in your mouth that may look odd or unmatched after your tooth bleaching is complete.  The reason for this is (insert sparkly boom here!)

Dental crowns do not bleach!

If you want to bleach your teeth and you have crowns on your front teeth, you may need to replace those crowns if you want them to match your newly bleached teeth.  In our office we will tell you what to expect from tooth bleaching and let you know the likelihood that you will also want to replace fillings or crowns for the ideal final result.  We think it is very important that you are aware of this before you start the bleaching process!

Dental crowns do not bleach!

In some cases you may find that the crowns seem to get whiter.  How could this happen?  If, for example, your  crowns are somewhat translucent so that your natural tooth color can show through, they may seem to get brighter as your teeth get brighter.  If you have all-porcelain and slightly translucent veneers the tooth may bleach and the brighter color will show through and make your veneers seem brighter as well.  If your crown or crowns have any metal below the porcelain  or if they are made from an opaque porcelain, they will not bleach.  This is not a problem if you know in advance what to expect with bleaching.

Very successful bleaching result in our office! Our patient is excited to replace the crown that got darker and darker looking as the teeth brightened.

KoR can be very successful for bleaching hard to bleach teeth. But, your crowns do not bleach!

Our patient had tried several types of bleaching systems and none seemed to work for her until she tried KoR bleaching in our office.  Our office has had some amazing success with this bleaching system on our patients that do not whiten with other systems.  We let her know that as her teeth became whiter, her crown would look darker and she would probably want to replace it.  She had already wanted to replace this crown due to the visible margins and the fact that it had never looked “real”.  Please look again in the future to see our final results after replacing the crown!

Which color would you rather have? Maybe someday dental crowns will bleach!

Yours for better dental health

. . . . . and maybe for dental beauty as well!

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

What Does a Tooth Crown Cost??

May 12, 2016

Filed under: Crowns — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 3:18 pm

How Much is a Crown? and/or What Does a Tooth Crown Cost??

This information provided for you by Julie Cross, treatment assistant for Dr. Julie Gillis

Crowns come in all shapes, colors, and sizes!

A Tooth Crown can come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. These crowns are for upper central incisors.

People often call up dental offices and ask, “How much is a tooth crown?” or, “How much does it cost for a tooth or dental crown?”  What patients need to ask is “Will I get a quality crown is your office?”

Dr. Julie Gillis and her team, are very concerned with technical excellence, quality materials, good customer service, and patient comfort.  By providing these services, Dr. Gillis will only use a lab to make our crowns/caps that have the same values as our office.

Dr. Gillis is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Denistry (AACD), and the lab that she uses for your crown is also an accredited laboratory technician with the AACD.

We would be happy to tell you the average range of the cost of a tooth crown in our office.  Crowns range in cost depending on any additional services that are needed for an ideal result. Additional services may include an x-ray, a build up restoration to provide support for your crown if the tooth is broken down, gingival plastic surgery to allow access to remove and restore decay below the level of the gums, etc.  In our office we also follow the tooth crown over time as our patients return for regular cleanings and examinations and we guarantee the crown for five years.  If a crown is done well, and the patient is taking good care of their teeth, a crown will last much longer than this.

So remember when calling office to office to get the cost of a crown, don’t go with the cheapest price, that probably won’t last, go to Dr. Julie Gillis, where you will get the best dentistry.  Isn’t that what you deserve?

Our office sees patients from across the grand valley including the Colorado communities of Grand Junction, Clifton, Fruita, Montrose, Delta, and Moab, Utah.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  We would love to see you!

 

 

Can Tooth Decay Cause Bad Breath? Absolutely!

April 22, 2016

Filed under: Crowns,Decay,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , , — Dr Gillis @ 11:28 pm

Can Tooth Decay Cause Bad Breath?

Tooth decay can and does cause bad breath!  So the answer is one of the following:

  • Yes
  • Absolutely
  • Are you kidding? Sure!
  • Heck yes!
  • Bad breath and more!

The reason for this is easy to understand if you think of tooth decay as an infectious process that causes tooth destruction and creates openings (holes, cavities) in the teeth where bacteria can and do live.  Think ‘decay’ = rotten! Bacteria take up residence in an area where there has been tooth decay and depending on where the decay is in your mouth, you may not be able to clean this area well so the grossness gets worse!

Tooth Decay below crown evident as dark areas below the white metal crown. Root canals have been completed on both molars. First molar has a more normal radiographic appearance.

Tooth Decay below crown evident as dark areas below the white metal crown. Root canals have been completed on both molars. First molar has a more normal radiographic appearance.

Tooth Decay below crown evident as dark areas below the white metal crown. Root canals have been completed on both molars. First molar has a more normal radiographic appearance.

Tooth Decay below crown evident as dark areas below the white metal crown. Root canals have been completed on both molars. First molar has a more normal radiographic appearance.

One place tooth decay occurs that is difficult for a patient (you!) to clean is below an existing crown.  Bacteria hang out at the edge of all crowns where the crown meets the tooth.  As decay begins, pores open up in the tooth structure and the decay may penetrate up under the crown and really spread there.  You can only brush, floss, or toothpick at the edges of your crowns to eliminate – at least for awhile – bacteria that are present there.  You cannot get to the areas of tooth decay up under a crown but bacteria and food can.  This is a recipe for bad breath!

The patient shown here had been experiencing an occasional bad odor from the lower right side of her mouth for a couple months.  She increased her efforts of brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouth rinses.  The odor did not improve so she came to our office.

When the crown was removed you could see a large void containing tails of the previous endodontic (root canal) filling material, severe decay, and the most awful odor!

When the crown was removed you could see tails of the previous endodontic (root canal) filling material coated in slime, severe decay, and the most awful odor!

Close up of the reason for the foul odor.

Close up of the reason for the foul odor.

The odor from this tooth was bad enough that you could smell bad breath as the patient described her symptoms.  Although her oral hygiene was excellent, there was no way she could eliminate the odor emanating from this tooth.  The decay was so extensive that the tooth could not be saved and an extraction was required.  When the crown was removed you could tails of the previous endodontic (root canal) filling material coated with debris, severe tooth decay, and the most awful odor!

We removed the bulk of the decay and the loose strands of root canal filling material and after copious rinsing the odor became much more bearable.  This will clear up once the tooth is removed. If we had seen this patient when she first noticed symptoms, we may have been able to save her tooth!

Close up after much of the decay and loose root canal felling material removed.

Close up after much of the decay and loose root canal felling material removed. Because the tooth is smoother, it is much easier to maintain!

 

Our office cares about you and your teeth and we try to never make you feel uncomfortable about the condition of your teeth or your mouth. There are two important messages here:

  1. Tooth decay is one of the many causes of bad breath.

  2. If you notice this, have your dentist evaluate your concerns ASAP!

Please call our Grand Junction, Colorado office at (970) 242-3635 if you have any questions or concerns.  Or visit our office’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

Tell Me About Dental Crowns and Bridges!

December 27, 2015

Filed under: All-Porcelain Bridge,Crowns — Tags: , , — Dr Gillis @ 7:32 am

Another name for a dental crown is a tooth ‘cap’.  Made out of a variety of materials including porcelain and gold, a dental crown covers and protects and/or changes the shape of the tooth or implant below it.  A dental bridge is composed of at least two dental crowns affixed to teeth or implants, and additional crown(s) and used to replace missing teeth.

Anterior crowns

Anterior crowns

Various posterior crowns made with and without metal.

Various posterior crowns made with and without metal.

Dental Crowns and/or dental bridges can be used:

  • to repair broken teeth.
  • to replace missing teeth.
  • to provide strength to an existing tooth.
  • as a replacement for very large fillings.
  • to support dental bridges.
  • to add stability and function to your bite.
  • cosmetically, to conceal permanent stains.

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