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Crowns Are Tough

Dental Crown, Mount Pleasant, MIMost of us have an uncle who yammers on about his “caps.” He may even have made the trek to your home from Ypsilanti or Cheboygan over the holidays, and you got to see his famous gold caps in person.

What he’s actually talking about are crowns, and they aren’t made of gold much anymore. Dr. Egger prefers to place porcelain crowns on his patients these days. Crowns are a tooth lifesaver, returning strength to a tooth that could otherwise be in danger of needing extraction.

Caps? Crowns?

People used to refer to crowns as caps because they kind of looked like a cap. This dental prosthetic covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, all the way down to the gumline. These used to predominantly be made of gold, so they stood out quite a bit when the person had his or her mouth open.

Today’s crowns are the same thing — they cover the tooth completely — but they are usually made from dental porcelain, so they match your other adjacent teeth perfectly and no one knows you have a crown in place. Dr. Egger loves porcelain for these prosthetics because porcelain closely resembles natural tooth enamel the way it partially reflects light and in its slight translucence. Most people can’t tell the difference between a natural tooth and a porcelain-crowned tooth next to it.

What does a crown do?

Sometimes a tooth has some serious problems. It may have a deep crack. It may have a large cavity, and now is showing new decay around it. The tooth may have been worn down over the years by grinding at night. The strength of the tooth is compromised. Placing a crown over the tooth enables the patient to keep the tooth, but the crown returns full chewing and biting strength to it.

Crowns also have a couple other uses. One is cosmetic. If a tooth is misshapen or deeply discolored (usually by a reaction to tetracycline or from trauma), a crown can cover it and make the tooth appear perfect. If Dr. Egger performs a root canal on a tooth, a crown is usually then placed on that tooth to protect it since the interior has been removed. This is always true with molars. Finally, Dr. Egger uses crowns to anchor bridges. Crowns are placed on the two teeth on each side of the missing tooth or teeth. The crowns are the anchors for the one-piece bridge that holds the artificial tooth or teeth.
Crowns are long-lasting, durable dental tools for Dr. Egger. And, unlike your uncle, if you have a crown placed by Dr. Egger, no one will even know it’s there. No “caps” for you!

Is it time for your next exam and cleaning? Call us at (989) 773-3560 to make your appointment.

A Menu of Dr. Egger’s Most Common Services

Common dental services Mt. Pleasant, MIWhether it is with or without anxiety, patients are always focused on their procedure. Maybe it’s a routine cleaning; perhaps it’s the need to have a filling placed. To keep everyone up to date, here’s a list of our most common services, treatments, and procedures at Dr. Egger’s practice.

Oral health exams: X-rays, oral cancer screenings, along with a visual examination of the teeth, gums, and jaw are involved here. We look for signs of decay, disease, misalignment, spaces, and other issues.

Prophylactic cleanings: We remove minor plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of gingivitis and cavity formation. Every six months is the right interval.

Gum disease intervention: To head off gum disease, Dr. Egger usually only needs to do some scaling of the teeth. This sounds serious but is just scraping off tartar below the gum line where it builds up and begins to cause gum irritation. For more advanced cases, he uses a diode laser to remove diseased tissue and remove bacteria, and Arestin to help with healing.

Fluoride treatments & dental sealants: Usually for children, but occasionally requested by adults, fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. We apply a topical gel twice a year. Sealants are long-term plastic filling applied to the deep grooves in the molars. It can last for decades.

Dental implants: Dr. Egger is a big fan of dental implants for tooth replacement. Why? Because once they are accepted by the jawbone, implants function and look just like natural teeth. Plus, they can last the remainder of the patient’s life.

Root canals: When decay reaches the inner pulp of the tooth, it’s time for a root canal. This cleans out the interior of the tooth, removing the infected tissue and nerves and replacing it with rubber-based substance. The tooth is then usually capped. Root canals save teeth from needing extraction.

Extractions: Pulling teeth. Dr. Egger doesn’t remove wisdom teeth, but most regular extractions can be handled in-house. 

Fillings & crowns: A cavity is merely an area of decay in a tooth. Usually, routine fillings address decay before it damages the interior of the tooth. You can opt for metal amalgam or composite fillings. Crowns are what used to be called caps because they are placed atop the damaged tooth to return strength and functionality.

Dentures: Dr. Egger designs and fits full or partial dentures to replace a group of teeth or all of a patient’s teeth. Today’s dentures fit better, are more comfortable, and are easier to manage than those of previous generations.

Is it time for your regular cleaning and exam? Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to make your appointment.

Dental Crowns Mount Pleasant MISo, you’re happily watching the Red Wings’ game and you see a puck flip up and smack one of your winged wheel denizens right on one of his big teeth, either cracking or chipping the tooth. You assume he’ll have to get the damaged tooth extracted and replaced by a dental implant or other prosthesis.

Not necessarily. He could merit a dental crown to save the tooth.

Dr Egger places crowns for his patients.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a prosthetic appliance that is used to both save a damaged tooth and return strength to the tooth. A crown fits over the damaged tooth all the way down to the gum line. By completely covering the tooth, the crown gives the patient back the ability to chew and bite with the tooth, function that could have been tested by the damage.

What does Dr. Egger use crowns to address?

Crowns can be used for a variety of purposes. Crowns can:

  • Save a tooth that is deeply cracked, worn, or fractured.
  • Save a tooth with a large cavity that compromises its strength.
  • Cover a tooth that is misshapen, too small, or heavily discolored.
  • Serve as anchors for dental bridges.
  • Return strength to a tooth that needed a root canal.

How is a crown placed?

Placing a crown isn’t an instant procedure — it requires two visits and a couple weeks. During the first visit, Dr. Egger prepares the tooth for the crown. To do this he shaves off a portion of the natural tooth on all sides and the top. This makes room for the crown to sit atop the tooth, without being larger than the original tooth was. After he shaves down the tooth, we take impressions of the tooth and the surrounding teeth, and these are sent to the dental lab to use when creating your crown. The process usually takes around two weeks.

When your crown is finished and arrives back at our offices, you return for your second appointment. Dr. Egger first checks the crown for fit and to see how it matches with your adjacent natural teeth. You may desire to test out the fit of your new crown at home for a couple of days. If this is the case, Dr. Egger places the crown with temporary cement and you head home to demo it. Otherwise, once Dr. Egger and you are satisfied with the fit, the crown is permanently cemented onto your tooth and you’re done. You can immediately begin using the newly crowned tooth.

Do you have a tooth that could use a crown? Call Dr. Egger at 989-773-3560 and let’s take a look.

dental crownsHave you been watching the tasty series called The Crown on Netflix? It’s all about the rise of Queen Elizabeth and has more information for us non-monarchy types than we ever knew about royalty.

And the crown, literally. Yes, in episode five she actually puts on the real crown in her coronation. It’s heavy.

But that crown has nothing on the crowns that Dr. Egger is coronating his patients with every day in his Mt. Pleasant office.

What is a crown?

Beyond the jeweled sort, Dr. Egger places crowns on teeth that are either cracked, badly worn, or fractured. He places them on teeth with really large cavities. They often cover a tooth that has had a root canal. And he uses them to change the shape of a tooth that is misshapen or really discolored. Crowns are also the anchors for bridges, sitting on the two healthy teeth on each side of the gap.

A crown is a dental restoration, a prosthetic. Dr. Egger likes porcelain crowns, not because he’s some snooty type who only eats off porcelain dinnerware, but because they look great and last a long time. A crown fits over your natural tooth, all the way down to the gumline. It returns strength to a tooth that, like Superman when hit with some kryptonite, isn’t feeling so tough any longer.

How is a crown placed?

Getting a crown takes two visits, not a lengthy bloodline dating back hundreds of years. During your first visit, Dr. Egger evaluates your tooth, using x-rays to determine the damage in the tooth and what needs to be done. Next, he matches the color of your surrounding teeth with various porcelain shades.

Now comes the prep for the crown. To make room for the crown, Dr. Egger must shave off a portion of the healthy tooth. He does this right down to the gumline. Once this is done, we make a mold of your tooth, along with the opposing and adjacent teeth. We send the impressions off to the dental lab for the fabrication of your new crown. While we’re waiting for your new crown, Dr. Egger places a temporary crown on your tooth.

When your new crown comes to our office, you return for your second appointment. Dr. Egger checks the crown for fit and color match with the adjacent teeth. Then he places the crown with permanent dental cement, and does any residual shaping and polishing.

Now you know all about crowns, the dental sort. To know more about the jeweled sort, you’ll have to check out Netflix.

To make your next cleaning and exam appointment with Dr. Egger, call us at 989-773-3560.