Crowns (caps)

Crowns (Caps)

A crown can be used to cover a fractured tooth, a tooth with a large, old filling, or a tooth that is severely damaged by decay. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns are also used to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped or to cover a dental implant. Types of crowns include the full porcelain (ceramic) crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown where the porcelain covers the metal and the all-gold crown. We will recommend the crown that is best for you after considering your wishes.

Crown over a prepared toothPermanent crown ready for cementation to the tooth

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits. Initially, we remove decay and shape the tooth. Then we make an impression or mold of the tooth and then place a provisional or transitional tooth-colored crown over it. On the next visit the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown fitted, adjusted, then cemented into place.

If you have a question about your dental needs, give us a call at Forum Dental group (4425) 357-1818

Bad Breath

What can you do about it? Here are a few tips:

  1. Buy a tongue scraper and use it twice a day; this is where most of the bacteria hang out.
  1. Brush your teeth two times per day with a Sonicare brush (use two minutes each time, minimum).
  2. Floss your teeth at least once per day (before bed is best).
  3. Use an oral irrigator device, such as a WaterPik (in areas that tend to trap food), at least once per day.
  4. Use a mouthwash twice daily, to kill the bacteria that cause most cases of bad breath.
  5. Avoid or minimize food known to make bad breath even worse, such as garlic and some dairy products.

Ask Dr. LaMarche to evaluate your situation.  In some cases bad breathe may be a symptom of a systemic problem or gastric reflux. Acid reflux is a condition when the stomach acids regurgitate back up into the esophagus where they don’t belong.  Along with that acid come bacteria and other enzymes from the stomach, all of which include foul odors.  These odors reach the mouth and throat and translate into bad breath.  In other cases, the acid is causing damage to the esophagus itself and this damage can result in foul odors that reach the mouth.  Your body is telling you that your acid reflux is getting worse or needs attention.

  1. Many people don’t even know they have bad breath.  Ask a loved one, or close friend if they have noticed bad breath on you.  Establish a “open-door policy” regarding others telling you if you have bad breath.  If you find out you have a problem with halitosis, take steps to eliminate it before it makes you lose opportunities in your business or personal life.