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4 benefits of CEREC dental crowns
There are many situations in which a patient may require a dental crown. Dental crowns, which are sometimes referred to by patients as “caps,” are restorations made of porcelain or ceramic. These materials closely mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, which makes them a smart choice for aesthetic purposes. Additionally, they are very strong and durable, and can last many years with proper care.

Dental crowns are typically put in place to offer an extra layer of protection for the natural tooth structure. There are several reasons why this may occur. A patient may have had a procedure such as root canal therapy that can cause the tooth to become weak and brittle. Placing a dental crown over the tooth will offer strength to prevent the remaining tooth structure from breaking. Dental crowns may also be used over teeth that have extremely large fillings that can impact the structure of the tooth. For patients who are missing teeth, dental crowns may be made to cover the abutment of a dental implant, which is a titanium tooth root replacement that is often used for replacing one or more teeth. Dental crowns are incredibly versatile, which makes them a popular choice for many of our patients.

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Be gentle when brushing your teeth
We have heard from the time we were kids about why it’s important to brush our teeth at least twice a day. But similarly, we have been told that this shouldn’t be overdone. For instance, we should never be too hard or too aggressive while brushing our teeth.

Too vigorous brushing can actually do more harm than good. It can irritate the gums, wear down the enamel, increase the sensitivity of teeth to cold and heat, and even cause cavities.

Tips for proper brushing to help prevent enamel damage and relieve tooth sensitivity:
  • A soft bristled toothbrush is recommended, ideally one with American Dental Association seal. The bristles should be soft enough not to damage teeth and gums, but firm enough to remove plaque. Replace it every three months, or sooner if it looks frayed.
  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, so that the bristles can access and clean underneath the gumline.
  • Brush teeth gently using back and forth movements, with short strokes to clean the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of teeth. The roll technique is recommended by dentists for patients with heavy gum recession.
  • If an electric toothbrush is being used, don’t push it against the teeth. Let it glide over, and the brush will do the needful. Holding the toothbrush with the non-dominant hand is a good way to ensure that too much pressure is not exerted.
  • Brush for two minutes — 30 seconds for each quarter of the mouth — twice a day.
Drs. Frank Rosner and Laura Pepa
Laser Dental Associates

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