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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

Dental Crowns

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Endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are: the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and Invisalign clear braces

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

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Spotlight-Ready Smiles From Harris Dental In Phoenix, Arizona

Cosmetic Dentistry

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A mouth full of unattractive teeth can really distract from a beautiful person’s appearance. Having a red-carpet-worthy smile can bring you increased satisfaction and confidence in your social interactions with your distinguished A-list friends.

This smile, however, doesn’t have to have a celebrity price tag. Affordable cosmetic dentistry and VIP treatment has been available since 1979 at Harris Dental. Come see what our expertise and experience can offer. When you ask about the cost of veneers, don’t forget to ask about the cost of dental implants as well.

What are dental veneers? Veneers are paper-thin shells of durable material (ceramic, porcelain, or composite resin) bonded to the teeth to provide strength and add beauty to any smile.

What are dental implants? A wonderful long-term solution for missing teeth, dental implants are artificial roots surgically implanted in the jaw to anchor a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

The best way to find out if veneers or dental implants are a possibility is to meet with Dr. Harris DDS at Harris Dental for a smile makeover consultation.

Our practice strives to deliver excellence with every possible service, including:

sedation dentistry
CEREC same-day crowns
dental implants
Invisalign clear braces
cosmetic dentistry

Treat your fans to a dazzling smile created at Harris Dental.

 

Contact Harris Dental: 480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale

 

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Are Childhood Cavities Inevitable?

General Dentistry

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Parents who want their children to develop healthy habits know that they need to set the example. The “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach does not instill confidence in children.

If we want our child to exercise, we should get off the couch too. If we want our child to select an apple when he wants an afternoon snack, we better not be snacking on chips and cookies. If we routinely stay up until 1:00 a.m, our teen will probably not learn the importance of recharging their physical and mental batteries with restorative sleep.

What about healthy oral habits? Do our children see us brush carefully after meals? Do our children find water bottles in our car cup holders or empty sports drink cans? Do we schedule twice-yearly dental visits for ourselves and our kids? Do we wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports? Do we floss every night?

Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common childhood health problem  after the common cold? If you have a newborn or toddler, you have a phenomenal opportunity to establish daily habits for lifelong oral health.

If every pre-teen in your Phoenix neighborhood has at least a few fillings, it may seem that cavities are inevitable for Phoenix area kids. At Harris Dental, we don’t believe this common notion. There is much you can do to keep your young child’s baby teeth and adult teeth cavity-free.

In fact, there are vital things to do even before your baby’s first teeth erupt. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Wipe milk or formula off their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding. Don’t let your infant drink juice all day. If you want your baby or toddler to drink between meals, water is just fine.

When should you bring in your toddler for their first dental check-up? The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday.

If your children are older and have had a lot of cavities, don’t give up. It is never too late to improve daily habits to keep teeth healthy. Even if your upbringing didn’t include an emphasis on oral hygiene, you can set your own traditions starting today.

Harris Dental is devoted to oral health for the entire family. We advise parents about tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, orthodontia, and much more.

Our friendly dental team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are looking for a child-friendly dentist in the Phoenix area, we invite you to schedule a pediatric dental appointment by calling 480-428-0040 .

 

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Location: 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale

 

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Dead Or Just Sick?

Oral Health

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Our teeth don’t ‘grow’ and the enamel has no living cells; sometimes, we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy.

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. The tooth eventually dies without blood flow. What can cause blood flow problems? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

The Solution? Root Canals
Your dentist may administer root canal therapy to save a dead tooth. The soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps include building up the core and placing the crown.

Root canals typically last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

Next Steps

How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth? Communicate with Dr. Harris immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is critical to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

In addition to endodontic therapy, we are dedicated to patient-oriented general and cosmetic dentistry. You can count on Harris Dental for: sedation dentistry, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

Oral Health

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Dental Checkups Are Not Just About Cavities

At Harris Dental we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  If you skip biannual dental checkups because you don’t believe you have any cavities, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more convincing reason to see your dentist regularly. (While your dentist is checking for oral cancer, we encourage you to have a thorough dental checkup as well!)

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have garnered a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have contracted HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

Our staff works to increase awareness of oral cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are 5 important things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).

2. 40% of people who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

3. In many cases, it is almost impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce indistinct symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be analyzed by a dentist or doctor.

4. HPV (the most frequent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the copious strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.

5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

Sources:
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/oral_health/oral_cancer_and_tobacco_85,P00900/

HPV / Oral Cancer Facts


https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/conditions/index.html

 

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