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By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   dental crowns  

Discover the many smile advantages of getting a dental crown.

There are many reasons why our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, might recommend getting a dental crown. This porcelain or ceramic tooth-shaped restoration is designed to protect a tooth from damage. Apart from being strong, durable, and long-lasting, this popular restoration also offers these benefits:

Strengthening a Weak Tooth

Everything from decay to a dental infection can damage the tooth so much that it can no longer stand on its own without some support. While minor decay can be treated with a dental filling, a tooth with more widespread decay might benefit more from a dental crown. The crown fully encapsulates the tooth, providing it with a stronger outer barrier to restore chewing, biting, and speaking.

Preserving Your Natural Tooth

The goal of our dentist, Dr. Geipe, and her team here in Salisbury, MD, is to preserve and protect your natural smile. To ensure the longevity of your smile this means providing restorations such as crowns that can stabilize and support what’s left of the natural tooth structure instead of having to pull the tooth and replace it. A crown provides a simple solution that can help you maintain your own natural smile for the rest of your life.

Improving Your Appearance

A dental crown can also offer cosmetic benefits, as well. After all, a crown is designed to look just like a natural tooth. This means that no one will be able to tell the difference between a real tooth and the tooth that has a crown. Therefore, if you are also dealing with a tooth that is malformed, misshapen, or severely discolored, a dental crown can help to brighten and reshape the tooth while hiding these imperfections.

Preventing Tooth Loss

A weak tooth will only get weaker over time if the problem isn’t treated. This is why it’s important to visit us right away if you are dealing with a cracked or broken tooth. A damaged tooth won’t be able to handle the same pressure and force from your jaws when chewing and biting, which can lead to further irreparable damage in the future. Instead of just waiting until you have to replace the tooth, getting a dental crown when you need it is a much easier solution.

If you are faced with a broken or damaged tooth that requires urgent care here in Salisbury, MD, our dentist is still providing emergency dental visits. Please call us at (410) 543-0599.

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
June 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

CrownsSome people are blessed with a perfect set of teeth. Others struggle with tooth decay, gum disease, and the effects of wear and tear. Your dentist in Salisbury, MD, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, sometimes recommends a predictable and realistic dental restoration to preserve a tooth which otherwise may be lost. This restoration is called a dental crown. Read the reasons why your dentist places dental crowns.

What is a crown?

The old-fashioned term is cap, but whether you call it a cap or a crown, this durable and versatile restoration protects and strengthens weakened tooth structure. It also recreates a tooth's natural shape, color, and beauty, blending in well with neighboring teeth.

Most of today's crowns are custom-made according to imprints made with impression putty or digital imaging. Dentists, such as Dr. Geipe in Salisbury, choose durable gold, porcelain fused to metal or, the most frequent option, realistic dental porcelain.

Professionals prefer porcelain because it is easily milled and colored to replicate real tooth enamel. Plus, this material withstands the substantial forces of biting and chewing, no matter where the crown is located in the mouth.

Reasons for crowns

Dentists advise crown placement to avoid tooth extraction and its subsequent problems such as bone and gum recession and tooth migration, or drifting to fill a smile gap. Also, your doctor advises a crown to:

  • Cover a cracked or chipped tooth (if a veneer cannot do the job)
  • Support a tooth which has suffered deep decay or root canal therapy
  • Beautify a stained or misshapen tooth
  • Support a fixed bridge
  • Restore a dental implant

Being able to receive a crown means that your tooth has sufficient remaining structure and is basically healthy below the gum line. A crown restores that tooth's longevity and ability to chew and bite properly.

The procedure

Typically it takes two appointments with Dr. Geipe and involves:

  1. Removal of decayed or damaged enamel
  2. Reshaping of remaining enamel for proper crown fit
  3. Oral impressions
  4. Fitting of a temporary crown
  5. Milling of the new restoration at a trusted dental lab in the area
  6. Removal of the temporary restoration
  7. Bonding the new crown over the prepared tooth
  8. Adjustment of dental bite

When a dentist and patient consider a crown, they must discuss the treatment timeline, permanency of the crown (once a crown, always a crown) and finances, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. All in all, a crown is a marvelous tooth makeover and can last ten years or more with diligent at-home hygiene and regular check-ups with Dr. Geipe.

Could you benefit from a crown?

Ask Dr. Geipe during a restorative dentistry consultation in Salisbury, MD. Call the office today for an appointment: (410) 543-0599.

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Although the crown attached to your dental implant is very tough, it can be damaged, in some instances. Our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. dental crownsKathleen Geipe, shares some information on the problem and explains what can be done to fix your crown.

How does crown damage occur?

Grinding or clenching your teeth is a common cause of crown damage. Over time, the constant pressure on the crown may cause it to crack or break. Grinding or clenching may also eventually loosen your implant. If you grind or clench your teeth, wearing a nightguard while you sleep will reduce the pressure on your crown and implant and prevent damage.

Damage can also occur if you use your teeth to open packages or bottles, or chew on very hard foods, like nuts or hard pretzels. The habit can also cause your natural teeth to crack. It's a much better idea to use the proper tools than to potentially put your teeth at risk.

Other possible causes of damage include a blow to the mouth or a faulty crown. Although most crowns are high quality, problems can occasionally occur with the construction of crowns or the fit.

A broken abutment may also cause problems with your crown. The abutment is the piece that connects your crown to your dental implant.

What solutions are available?

If your crown has only slight damage, it may be possible to smooth away rough or chipped areas. A cracked or broken crown will need to be replaced. If it's not possible to save the crown, you'll visit our Salisbury office, where an impression of your mouth will be made. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which uses the impression to create a new crown that fits the gap in your teeth perfectly. Once the new crown is ready, it will be attached to the abutment during a short visit. If the abutment is broken, you may need both a new abutment and a new crown.

Do you think your dental implant crown may be damaged? Call our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Geipe, at (410) 543-0599 to schedule an appointment.