Repairing Damaged Teeth: Why Dental Crowns Are Excellent Choice

Repairing Damaged Teeth: Why Dental Crowns Are Excellent Choice

Repairing Damaged Teeth: Why Dental Crowns Are Excellent Choice in Airdrie, ABDo You Have a Broken Tooth?

Dental crowns are one of the best resources dentists have when it comes to repairing teeth including:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • A tooth that has a root canal
  • A tooth with excessive decay
  • Teeth that are chipping or breaking down because of a misaligned bite or large silver fillings
  • Strengthening and giving structure to a tooth

A crown fits over the tooth to basically hold it together so that a crack can’t advance. If a crown wasn’t placed, the crack would grow due to bite pressure and thermodynamic changes in the mouth.

Similarly, a tooth that is chipping, breaking down, or that has already fractured can continue to do so if left untreated..

Dental Crowns – What You Can Expect During Your Repair Appointments

Do you think you might need a crown? Here’s what to expect at your dental appointments.

How a dental crown works in Airdrie, AB


1. Initial Assessment

First, we need to evaluate whether you’re a candidate for a crown.

Sometimes, decay or a fracture is so advanced that there’s not enough natural tooth structure remaining to support a crown.

In some cases, the tooth needs a root canal and build-up procedure before it can support a crown. In others, the only option is an extraction.

2. The Crown Preparation Appointment

The 1st treatment appointment involves preparing (shaping) the tooth. All crowns have a certain minimal thickness to insure enough bulk to have adequate strength.  For most crowns, the minimal thickness is about 2mm on ALL sides of the tooth. At this stage of preparing the tooth, any decay that is present will be removed as well as tooth or filling structure that is loose or unsound. Due to these requirements, there may be some portions of the tooth that are reduced more than 2mm. This just means the crown will be thicker in those areas. In some cases,  there is so much of the tooth broken off or decayed that it must first have a build up with filling material to make it larger giving more surface for the crown to stay in place. This is called a core buildup

An impression of the prepared tooth as well as the opposing teeth are taken. These are sent to the dental lab where the crown is fabricated that will be the size and shape of an actual tooth. The time needed by the lab is typically 2 weeks.

A temporary crown is cemented at this first treatment appointment so that you won’t be without a tooth for the 2 week period.

3. Crown Delivery

During this appointment, your temporary crown is removed and we place in the lab fabricated crown which is checked for fit, bite and appearance.

The permanent crown is cemented and all excess cement is cleaned off around  and between the crown.

The bite is checked and adjustments made if necessary so the crown should not feel foreign to your mouth or when you chew.

4. After Care

The great thing about a crown is that it’s just like a real tooth so you can brush, floss and eat normally. We do however, recommend that you avoid very sticky foods like caramel candy.

Since there is still natural tooth structure at the margin where the crown meets tooth, it’s very important to brush and floss around your new crown just as you would a tooth. While the crown can’t decay, the natural tooth may.

Getting a Broken Tooth Repaired – Don’t Put It Off

A lot of patients put off getting dental crowns due to time, money, or a lack of dental pain.

The issue with putting off dental repairs is that the situation will often get worse.

Patients who put treatment off can end up experiencing pain, infection, the loss of even more tooth structure, or the loss of the tooth altogether. In other words – they can end up in a worse situation that costs more time and more money.

If you have a broken tooth or experience dental discomfort – your tooth needs attention. Don’t put off getting the dental work you need!

Schedule an appointment online here or call us at (403) 948-3342

Can dentures help with your sleep apnea?

Can dentures help with your sleep apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which your breathing is interrupted severely causing you to wake up from your sleep. This could happen as often as a hundred times in one night.

When you sleep, your muscles relax so that they can repair and rejuvenate themselves for the next day. The muscles in your mouth are no different – they also relax during sleep.

It is estimated that in 18 million U.S. adults, these muscles and other soft fatty tissues in the mouth relax so much that they block the upper airway and prevent oxygen from getting into the body. When this happens, the flow of oxygen to your brain and other vital organs is cut short, and this could cause significant damage.

Sleep apnea is associated with a multitude of negative side effects including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Depression

What are the benefits of dentures to sleep apnea sufferers?

People with no teeth tend to experience worse sleep apnea symptoms. Most of them wear dentures and usually take them out at night before going to sleep. This may lead to breathing difficulties which may disrupt sleep.

When you remove your dentures, the firm structure of your mouth collapses because the soft tissues are no longer supported. The result is recurring occurrences of apnea.

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Studies by H. Arisaka, prove that people who go to sleep with their dentures on see a significant increase in Apnea-Hyponea Index (AHI) than those who sleep without. This means that removing your dentures before sleep could greatly worsen the effects of sleep apnea.

Dentures will help support the extra soft tissues in your mouth and prevent the blockage of normal airflow during breathing, thereby giving you a good night sleep.

Why choose dentures to treat your sleep apnea?

For patients who are uncomfortable with wearing CPAP masks, dentures can be a great alternative. Dentures should be properly fitted by a professional dentist.

Some additional advantages of using dentures for your apnea include:

  • Small and portable: Unlike other sleep apnea treatments, dentures are small enough to fit in your carry-on bag, hence easy to transport.
  • Ease of use: Dentures are easy to wear. And for most people, it only takes a few days to get used to sleeping with dentures in the mouth.

Should dentures be worn at night?

Treating your sleep apnea using dentures can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It will also improve your emotional stability, daytime alertness, and concentration.

Nonetheless, you should first consult with your dentist before using dentures for your sleep apnea.

At You First Dental in Airdrie, our patients’ satisfaction is always our number one priority. Call us today at 403-948-3342 and make an appointment with Dr. Beregovoy to discuss your options.