For underlying tooth damage, a dental crown is usually installed to restore its healthy appearance and function. However, once placed, patients would go back to their habit because they thought the restored teeth are entirely protected like their natural, undamaged ones. Unfortunately, the teeth underneath the crown can still get damaged by bacteria, which causes cavities and tooth decay. That is why, even with a dental crown, it’s still vital to maintain proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and checkups.

Generally speaking, this is used to restore damaged or weakened teeth. These look like small caps made from a durable material like ceramic or gold, or a combination of both. Dental crowns are created to fit perfectly on the remaining surface of it. To install this, the dentist will have to cement or bond it to the rest of the tooth’s natural crown. Overall, these are made to last for a couple of years before they need to be replaced again.

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How You Can Tell if There is Decay Under Your Crown

If the affected area is quite small, it can be hard to detect any cavities or decay underneath it. To determine this, the dentist will usually use an x-ray. It will be up to him or her to know whether the teeth underneath are rotten or has any damage. In some cases, the dentist will be able to notice the infection right away. On the other hand, an in-depth oral examination may be necessary.

Why Teeth Can Decay Under an Old Crown

The potential of tooth decay, even with a dental crown, raises a few questions from patients. And their concerns are valid. However, it is also essential to know that patients have to do their part if they want to avoid having cavities and tooth infection. Maintaining proper oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and rinsing is the best thing to do. Of course, you also have to visit your dentist at least twice a year.

For example, failure to visit the dentist for checkups and cleaning will prevent you from knowing whether you have grown cavities. Not regularly brushing and flossing will cause plaque buildup resulting in cavities and tooth decay. Moreover, a poorly fitted one can also lead to bacteria buildup, which can also rot underneath it.

Tooth cavities under a dental crown are prevalent. However, proper oral hygiene can prevent this from happening. So if you want to have a beautiful set of it, whether permanent or temporary, it’s crucial to take care of them as much as you can.

Two critical factors to consider when getting dental implants are the (1) price and (2) appearance. How they would look once installed on the patient is dependent on the chosen color of the dental implant to be used. Fortunately, our expert dentists are there to help our patients in selecting the best tint for their implant.

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Picking the Right Shade For Crowns

For patients who are thinking of getting a dental implant, it’s vital to choose the perfect shade that would match the rest of it as well as the patient’s hair color, skin tone, and eye tint.

Expert dentists would often suggest patients to consider getting dental implants after undergoing a whitening treatment, so it’ll be easier to choose a color that would match their natural look better.

In choosing the perfect shade, the dentist will use guides that contain color samples. Commonly, patients will choose a shade that’s similar to their natural pearly white color. However, there are some cases where patients ask for a lighter shade than usual, especially if they’re already undergoing whitening treatment.

Aside from that, patients should also be aware of what kind of materials are going to be used for the dental implant and other characteristics involved in installing it. Popular material is porcelain since it reflects lights the same way our natural ones do.

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To help you choose the perfect shade, your dentist will show you a graph like a profile hue manual where you can select a color scheme for your dental implant. Next, they will place it on the tooth where it’ll be inserted and check how it will contrast with the rest of the patient’s teeth.

In general, there are no single criteria for the “Pearly White Scheme.” However, the most popular choice is the Profile Hue Overview. This color scheme represents a pearly white color scheme divided into four categories: A (red-brown), B (red-yellow), C (gray), and D (red-gray).

The dentist will typically ask their patients to choose one single color to be used for their dental implant crown. In choosing, patients should remember that dental implants will likely incorporate a few shades for them to look more natural since, in reality, our natural teeth don’t have a single color scheme.

This difference in shade will make it look less synthetic or artificial. Also, the uniquely-shaped surface area of it will allow the implant to look even more natural by separating the representation of lighting on the ceramic tooth or teeth.

Furthermore, if you want to keep your teeth white and healthy, regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing is the best thing to do. Also, you should limit your consumption of food and drinks that may stain the teeth like coffee or wine, for example.

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