What Causes Short Teeth?

Short teeth can impact your confidence and also cause problems with eating and speaking. This issue can be caused by genetics or can develop due to wear and tear. Identifying the cause of your short teeth is important so that this root concern can be addressed. Once identified, we will use state-of-the-art dental treatments to restore the appearance and function of your smile.

Genetic Causes/Microdontia

Small teeth (microdontia)

Some individuals have teeth that are not only short but are also smaller in general and may look more like baby teeth than adult teeth. This is known as microdontia and is usually caused by a genetic condition.

There are three different types of microdontia. The first, truly generalized microdontia, is when all of a person’s teeth are abnormally small. This is the rarest variety and can be caused by dwarfism, Down’s syndrome, or if a child has chemotherapy or radiation treatment during tooth development. Relatively generalized microdontia is when someone does not actually have small teeth, but their teeth appear smaller than usual because their jaw is larger. Finally, localized microdontia is the most common form. This is when only one tooth is small, often an upper lateral incisor or third molar.

Short Teeth from Wear and Tear

In many cases, short teeth develop over time. This can happen for a number of different reasons, including:

Erosive Wear

Erosive wear can occur if teeth are regularly exposed to acidic substances. This can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic erosive tooth wear occurs due to exposure to gastric acids over time. One possible cause is gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), which is a condition where stomach acid comes up into the esophagus. At night, gastric acid can reach the back of the mouth for individuals with GERD, damaging the back teeth. Intrinsic erosive wear can also occur from excessive vomiting due to alcoholism, bulimia, or pregnancy. Extrinsic wear occurs due to external factors such as drinking soda frequently.

The back of a person's teeth with dental erosion, showing yellow exposed dentin and leading to short teeth

In the photo above, you can see that there is yellow showing through the teeth. This is exposed dentin (the inner layer of the tooth). Dentin wears faster than enamel and can be more sensitive, so it’s important to seek dental treatment if you notice this occurring. 

Abrasive Wear

Abrasive wear occurs due to physical pressure on your teeth. One common cause is bruxism, which is when you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth. Bruxism often occurs at night and can occur along with other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. If your teeth are misaligned, uneven bite forces when chewing can accelerate the wear of specific teeth, causing these to be shorter than the teeth around them.

A man with short teeth that have been fixed using dental crowns

Treatment for Short Teeth

If you are unhappy with your smile due to short or small teeth, there are many treatments available.

Some options include:

Treating the Root Cause of Short Teeth

It is important to address the cause of your small teeth in addition to cosmetically enhancing your smile. If you have genetic microdontia, it could be related to a health condition that runs in your family. In this scenario, you will likely need to seek treatment with a physician in addition to working with your dentist to improve your oral health. If your short teeth are due to wear and tear, addressing this issue can help prevent further damage to any restorations and can preserve your new smile for longer. Treatments may include orthodontics for a misaligned bite, wearing a night guard for bruxism, or changes to your diet.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers covering worn and stained short teeth

Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for a long-lasting and natural-looking restoration. These are thin ceramic shells that cover the front of your teeth, adding length and creating a natural shape. With Digital Smile Design, we can show you what your new smile will look like before you start the process of getting veneers.

Composite Bonding

A patient with short teeth that have been lengthened with veneers

Dental bonding is an option that can add length and improve the way your teeth look. Composite veneers conserve more tooth structure and take less time to create than porcelain, but they are less durable. We can discuss your specific case to help you determine which material is a better fit for your needs.

Dental Crown

If you have only one small tooth, a dental crown could be a good option. This is a ceramic cap that covers your natural tooth. This protects the tooth in addition to improving its appearance.

Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry for Short Teeth

At Skyline Dental, we can determine the cause of your small teeth and restore your smile. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Raymond, is highly skilled and experienced.

Contact us today to discuss options for improving the appearance and function of short teeth.

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

If you are experiencing sharp tooth pain when eating certain types or temperatures of food, you shouldn’t “brush it off.” Tooth sensitivity can be a symptom of many different oral health conditions. Your dentist can help you find a solution so you no longer need to alter your eating habits. It is also important to address sensitivity sooner than later, as many of these issues can worsen over time and lead to more extensive dental work.

Common causes of tooth sensitivity are:

A woman putting in a night guard to prevent tooth sensitivity due to bruxism

Bruxism

Bruxism is when you unconsciously clench or grind your teeth. This can occur either while you are asleep or during the day. Clenching and grinding can be accelerated by stress and is a common cause for tooth-aches and jaw disorders. The added pressure to your teeth when clenching can cause individual or multiple teeth to become “hyper-aware” to other stimuli like temperature, chewing, and brushing. One way to think of bruxism and its effect on your teeth is to compare it to spraining an ankle. What used to be comfortable is now painful to touch or walk on.

Over the long term, the grinding can wear down your enamel, expose underlying dentin, and lead to sensitivity. Bruxism will also accelerate periodontal disease and recession which is known to cause sensitivity. You may also notice headaches, jaw pain, or even chips or fractures in your teeth. Bruxism, as mentioned, is often related to stress, but may occur as a result of sleep disorders like sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome.

Wearing a night guard can help reduce damage to your teeth and prevent further sensitivity. It is best to get a custom fit from your dentist because over-the-counter night guards may worsen temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems and cause your teeth to shift, affecting appearance and causing an imbalance in your bite.

A couple brushing their teeth in front of a mirror and practicing good dental hygiene

Over-Aggressive Brushing

Brushing your teeth is very important, but it is possible to brush too hard and actually cause damage. This can accelerate recession leading to exposure of the roots of your teeth (also known as recession), as well as wear through the dentin that protects the nerve living inside. To prevent this, you should be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. For more in-depth information, you can view a video about brushing here.

Another great tip is to avoid abrasive toothpastes. For a list of toothpastes, see the image below. For one of the best toothpastes, which is not on this list, consider CTX gel by CariFree, which can be purchased at our office.

A list of toothpastes ranked by how abrasive they are

If you think you are experiencing tooth sensitivity due to aggressive brushing, the first step is adjusting your brushing technique. Your dentist may also apply a fluoride gel to strengthen your enamel and exposed roots from recession. Finally, there are many desensitizing toothpaste options available that may help reduce or prevent tooth sensitivity.

A diagram showing the effects of tooth decay/a cavity, which can lead to tooth sensitivity

Tooth Decay/Cavities

Tooth decay is the destruction of enamel due to bacteria in plaque. This can result in sensitivity in just one tooth, or a few teeth if there are multiple areas where decay is occurring. If this issue is left untreated, the decay can continue to spread and impact deeper layers of the tooth. What may start as sensitivity could later result in infection or even tooth loss.

To treat the decay, your dentist will remove the affected portion of the tooth and replace it with a tooth-colored filling. In the case of severe decay, a crown may be necessary.

Two diagrams showing the progression of periodontitis (gum disease)

Gum Disease

If tooth decay continues to progress, it can result in gum disease. This occurs when plaque build-up starts to harden under your gum line and becomes tartar, also known as calculus. Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed at home and will require professional cleaning. If it remains under your gum line, it can lead to inflammation (red and bleeding gums), recession, and pocket formation.

Treatment for gum disease may be performed by your dentist or by a periodontist, depending on your specific circumstances. It usually involves a combination of in-office cleaning and at-home dental hygiene.

When to See Your Dentist About Tooth Sensitivity

Since tooth sensitivity can be an indication of a more serious issue with your dental health, it’s important to bring up your concerns with your dentist. If your tooth pain is accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a rapid heart rate, confusion, and/or a high fever, you should seek emergency medical attention as these could be signs of an infection.

Skyline Dental

At Skyline Dental, we provide high-quality and compassionate dental care to address your concerns. We can find the cause of your sensitivity and treat it so you can enjoy your favorite foods again.

To schedule an appointment to discuss tooth sensitivity, contact us today.

Alternatives to Insurance: HSA and Membership

If you want to keep your smile beautiful and healthy, dental care is a necessity. Your oral health also impacts your overall wellbeing, so taking care of your teeth is essential for this reason. Unfortunately, navigating the financial side of dentistry can be overwhelming and confusing. Dental insurance is often not the best fit and this leaves many patients looking for other options. At Skyline Dental, we are committed to providing you with access to many different methods for payment. One option, if you qualify, is combining a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) with our in-office dental savings plan.

Here is how this works:

HSA: What It Is and Who Qualifies

An HSA is a type of savings account that you can use to pay for health care costs tax-free. You do not need to pay taxes on your contributions up to the yearly maximum. This applies both when you deposit funds and when you use them to pay for qualified medical expenses. In many cases, you can invest a portion of your HSA to further grow your savings. An HSA makes it possible to save up for procedures you need while taking advantage of tax benefits.

In order to qualify for an HSA, you need to have a high deductible health plan (HDHP). This applies to most health insurance plans where the deductible is over $1,350 for an individual or $2,700 for a family. If you are not sure whether you have an HDHP, you can reach out to your insurance provider for clarification. If you qualify, you can set up an HSA through any financial institution that offers these types of accounts.

Many forms of dental care are classified as qualified medical expenses. In some cases, a letter of medical necessity may be required to get reimbursement for procedures such as dental implants, crowns, or bridges. Most types of preventive and restorative dentistry are eligible, whereas purely cosmetic procedures are not. A full list of qualified expenses is available on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.

A piggy bank with dental tools on it, representing using an HSA to save for dental procedures

What About an FSA?

Like an HSA, an FSA allows you to use pre-tax income to save for medical expenses and can be used for dental care. However, there are many differences between the two types of plans. An employer will need to set up an FSA and as a result, funds generally do not transfer if you leave your job. Unlike an HSA, FSA funds have a time limit for when you can use them. This is usually within a year unless your employer has set up the FSA with a grace period or allows you to carry over a portion of unused funds to the next year. You forfeit any money that you do not use during the allowed time to your employer. The maximum contribution is also lower for most FSAs.

In general, an HSA is the best option if you qualify since you control this plan yourself and can save long-term. However, if you do not have an HDHP and your employer offers an FSA, this still can be helpful depending on your situation.

In-Office Membership Plan

Another option for saving money on dental care, in addition to or separate from an HSA or FSA, is our Smile Easy Membership Plan. For $350 each year, you will receive two exams, two cleanings, one oral cancer screening, as well as routine X-rays and an emergency exam if needed. The membership also includes up to 15% off treatments.

Since the membership fee covers preventive dentistry, it is often a qualified medical expense under an HSA or FSA. If you are not sure if this is the case for you, check your contract details. You can also use the discount for treatments in combination with HSA or FSA funds to make procedures such as tooth replacement more financially manageable.

A woman smiling and talking to her dentist about how to pay for treatment

Third-Party Financing

For many patients, an HSA or FSA combined with a savings plan such as our Smile Easy Membership can help you cover the cost of treatments. However, if you need extensive restorative dentistry and do not already have the full funds available, you may want to consider third-party financing. This splits up the cost of treatment into smaller monthly payments and may allow you to get the treatment you need sooner. At Skyline Dental, we work with DOCPAY and Proceed Finance.

When using an HSA with a financing option, you can continue to make pre-tax contributions to the HSA up to the yearly maximum. Monthly payments can come out of this account. It’s important to note that while the cost of the treatment itself may be HSA-eligible, the finance charges (e.g. interest) are not, so these are not tax-deductible.

Financial Options at Our Dental Office

Skyline Dental is committed to helping you improve and maintain your oral health and we accept a wide range of payment options. If you don’t have dental insurance, an HSA/FSA and our in-office savings plan can be a great option.

If you have questions about using an HSA, FSA, or our in-office plan to pay for treatment, contact us today.

Does Dental Insurance Make Sense?

Most of us are familiar with insurance because we have a variety of different plans for medical, car, and homeowners/renters insurance. How insurance usually works is that individuals pay a small amount towards a collective pool of money. This is meant to cover costs in the case of a rare, but expensive incident. However, dental insurance doesn’t work that way. Instead, subscribers get a fixed amount of money to spend each year on dental care, subject to exclusions and limitations. Most patients don’t need or use the full $1,000-$2,000 available to them every year, so these funds often go unused. In addition, most insurance companies will only pay 50% of high-cost, major treatments. This leaves you not only paying 50% of the more expensive treatments but also your monthly premiums and annual deductibles. Given this, does “dental insurance” make sense? For most dental patients, it does not.

Some factors to consider when reviewing the value of your dental insurance:

A man stacking coins on a balance with a model of a tooth, deciding if dental insurance is the best option for him

Limitations that Apply to Everyone

There are certain limitations to dental insurance that apply for everyone who uses it. It is important to consider these when deciding if insurance makes sense for your specific situation.

One major factor is that annual benefits are capped. Whether you use them or not, they will not roll over to the next year. Certain procedures also have lifetime maximums, so you will continue to pay the same premium, but will not be able to use that benefit again. Your plan may also cover procedures that you will never need, but you still have to pay for the potential use. There are also frequency limitations, so you can only have a procedure once every 5-7 years depending on your plan.

Additionally, many insurance plans have a waiting period for major care such as crowns, implants, dentures, and other procedures, which is typically one year. It is also common for plans to contain pre-existing clauses for missing teeth, so your insurance will never pay for the replacement of a tooth lost prior to enrollment.

Also, you may only be able to see dentists within a selected network dictated by your insurance. Some plans do allow you to see out-of-network providers. These are called PPO plans.

A woman admiring her teeth in a yellow mirror after a visit to the dentist

What to Consider if You’re Paying Out-of-Pocket for a Dental Plan

Consider what your monthly and annual spend is for the plan and what you are getting in return. Are you taking advantage of all the annual benefits your pan can provide for you? What dollar value do they pay your dentist compared to what you pay them? Is the insurance plan forcing you to delay needed treatment due to waiting periods or annual maximums? Do you feel like you’re able to see the dentist you want and get the quality of care you need to achieve oral health? When a dental plan is not subsidized by an employer with a large group plan, the math shows self-paying individuals lose the majority of the time.

What to Consider as an Employee with Dental Benefits

If you are an employee with a dental benefit from your employer, you should consider whether or not you are truly using this plan to its fullest.

There are two scenarios that are very common when it comes to dental insurance. The first is that you are healthy and you don’t need extensive dental work, so you are paying for access to unnecessary procedures. By not utilizing coverage, you are throwing away the potential use of the money you pay to have access to.

The second is that you need expensive treatment, but you can’t afford to pay the 50% not covered by your insurance, or the annual maximum benefit is not enough to pay for all your needs. Many are only willing to complete procedure their insurances agree to help cover, which guarantees the future cost of your dental care needs will go up because treatment is delayed and problems worsen.

What to Consider as an Employer

If you are an employer paying for a group plan, you should consider that only a fraction of employees will use their dental benefits. Those who need it the most are often those who avoid using it. You should also be aware that plans never pay out to exceed the combined contributions of you and your employees. Dental insurances are businesses. They make profits and pay other dentists to review and justify denying coverage of procedures. This is how they stay viable, so like playing slots at any casino, you can only lose in the long run.

A woman having her teeth examined at the dentist office

The Impact of Dental Insurance on Your Oral Health

By reducing reimbursement rates in the face of inflation, coupled with illegal anti-competitive practices, many dental insurance companies are forcing dentists to provide a lower standard of care. In these situations, dentists need to see more patients, rush through procedures, buy cheaper materials, pay their staff less, not invest in new technology, and take less continuing education courses. The overall result is a poor dental experience for the patient. Instigated by dental insurance, the end result is decreased likelihood the patient will return to the dentist. A lose-lose for the dentist and patient, but a win for the insurance.

Delaying treatment because your dental insurance won’t cover it also worsens your oral health over time. Many patients who need more than what insurance will pay for feel like they can never catch up with their dental care. This turns into an endless cycle.

An Alternative To Dental Insurance

Since dental insurance is not usually the best option, what can you do to get the dental care you need? At Skyline Dental, one option is our Smile Easy Membership Plan. This costs only $350/year and includes yearly exams and cleanings. Additionally, you get up to 15% of the cost of procedures. There are also additional benefits such as an oral cancer screening each year, x-rays, exclusive gear, and a referral incentive. We also accept a variety of payment methods including health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), third-party financing, and more. We know that navigating the financial side of dental care can be challenging and our team is here to help.

If you have questions about dental insurance or alternative ways to pay for the care you need, contact us today.

What to Do If You Have a Toothache

Even a mild toothache can be a distraction. In the worst cases, your tooth pain may be so severe that you can’t function normally. Pain is an indication from your body that something is not right and may be a sign of an underlying condition.

Here is some information about toothaches and what you should do:

What Causes a Toothache?

A toothache can have many potential causes. Tooth decay is a common reason. The diagram below shows the different stages of decay. At first it may only affect the outer layer of your tooth, called the enamel. As it progresses, it will start to move into the dentin (below the enamel) and eventually the pulp. The pulp is the inner part of your tooth which is made up of connective tissue and when decay reaches this level, extensive dental work is often required.

A graphic that shows the four different stages of tooth decay, starting with health teeth and ended with decay in the pulp

A toothache may also be caused by other conditions such as an abscessed tooth. This is when the pulp becomes infected and pus forms a pocket around the root. An abscess will not get better on its own and avoiding treatment can have serious consequences. Toothaches can also be caused by gum disease, infected gums, a damaged filling, teeth grinding (bruxism), or a tooth fracture.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Tooth Pain

You may be tempted to ignore issues with your teeth in hopes that they will go away on their own. Many people try to ignore the pain because they do not want to have to visit a dentist. However, ignoring a toothache can lead to much more serious problems. The risk of gum infection or an infection from an abscessed tooth is particularly serious. These infections can spread from your tooth into your jaw and then to other parts of your body through your bloodstream.

If you have a high fever, rapid heart rate, confusion, and/or difficulty swallowing, you should go to the emergency room as these could indicate a serious infection requiring immediate medical treatment.

A woman holding a blue ice pack to her cheek to help with her tooth pain

What to Do Until You Get to the Dentist

Until you are able to see the dentist, you may want to get some temporary relief from your toothache pain. Over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin can be helpful, as can using a cold compress on your jaw. A saltwater rinse is also one of the best home remedies. Use half a teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water and swish this around in your mouth for a minimum of 30 seconds.

How We Can Help

When you make an emergency appointment with us, we will do everything we can to get you into the office as soon as possible. We will start by reviewing your health history and then will examine your teeth and gums. If necessary, we may take digital X-rays.

Once we identify the cause of your toothache, we will develop a treatment plan. This may involve a tooth-colored filling, gum cleaning, a prescription for antibiotics, or other options depending on the specific situation.

Follow-Up Treatments

While we can usually help reduce your pain and start treatment during your first appointment, many oral health conditions require continued care. This is especially true if you have a more serious issue, such as extensive tooth decay. During your visit, we will discuss our recommendations for follow-up care.

It is also important that you practice good oral hygiene to prevent new or worsening dental issues. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

Emergency Dentistry When You Need It Most

During the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many people are feeling anxious and are concerned about how to get the care they need. Skyline Dental is here to help and we are available for emergency dentistry. We have always taken precautions to ensure the cleanliness of our office and continue to do so, helping to keep you safe.

If you have a severe toothache, call us at 520-800-7010 to schedule an emergency visit at our dental office.

Restorative Treatments for a Chipped Tooth

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, there are many situations that can lead to damaged enamel. A single chipped tooth or multiple chipped teeth can affect the appearance of your smile. If left untreated, this can lead to further issues requiring more extensive repairs. Treatment needs are determined by a combination of the extent of damage and your desired final outcome.

Below is an image depicting the anatomy of our teeth. Less complicated fractures are those that involve only loss of the enamel and part of the dentin. More complicated fractures are those that expose the “pulp” of the tooth or extend below the gum line, into the root of the tooth.

A drawing showing the anatomy of a chipped tooth

Here are some of the options for treating a chipped or cracked tooth: 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

For small chips or cracks, we may be able to use tooth-colored filling material to rebuild your tooth. This often works best for teeth in the back of your mouth, as it may not look as natural as you would like for front teeth. However, an experienced dentist has the skills to rebuild your tooth in layers that mimic tooth enamel and dentin. This replicates nature with a seamless final result in a single visit.

A patient with crooked teeth that have a better appearance with veneers

See more before and after photos in our gallery.

Cosmetic Damage

You may want to consider cosmetic dentistry to restore the appearance of your smile if you have suffered multiple chipped or fractured teeth, old restorations to repair fractured teeth, discoloration of large or multiple or restorations, or a developmental defect that has affected the shape or color of your teeth. Often these repairs are not just cosmetic in nature, but also restore strength to your teeth. They can also improve your ability to smile and chew comfortably.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that cover your teeth to mask cosmetic problems including short, misshapen, discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth. In most cases, we recommend porcelain veneers which are durable, match your natural teeth, and are easy to maintain. Another option, especially for younger patients, are composite veneers, which can look very natural and are minimally-invasive. A well-cared-for composite veneer can last many years but eventually needs to be upgraded to a porcelain veneer or crown as the composite materials are not durable enough to last a lifetime of chewing.

Severely Chipped Tooth

When a large portion of your tooth is missing or if you have other dental health concerns like tooth discoloration or multiple old fillings on a single tooth, more involved restorative dentistry work may be required, such as a dental crown. When a fracture extends to the nerve, or “pulp” of the tooth, a root canal is commonly required. This is followed by a crown. The need for multiple crowns also occurs from tooth chips and wear from excessive grinding or bruxism, that has shortened many or all your teeth and you wish to regain the lost tooth structure for functional or appearance reasons.

A patient with very short teeth then looking better after dental care

Dental Crown

A dental crown is a ceramic cap that covers your natural tooth. It can prevent additional damage in the case of broken or decayed teeth, as well as improving the appearance of your smile. In order to place a crown, your dentist will shape the existing tooth and give you a temporary crown while a dental lab prepares the final porcelain cap. After this is complete, we will secure the permanent crown with dental cement.

Extraction and Dental Implant

In the most severe cases, it may be necessary to remove a chipped or fractured tooth. Usually this is only necessary when a large portion has been damaged, especially if a crack extends below the gum line. In these cases, you will likely need to see a dental surgeon to get an implant. We can then move forward with restorative options such as an implant crown to replace the lost tooth.

A patient who is missing a toothA patient who has received a dental implant in place of their front tooth

Get the Smile You Want at Skyline Dental

If you have any flaws in your smile that make you self-conscious, affect your oral health, or otherwise have a negative impact on your life, we can help. Dr. Raymond has extensive education and experience in cosmetic and restorative treatments.

Contact us today to discuss your options for fixing a damaged or chipped tooth.

What Are Dental Crowns?

You deserve a smile that you are proud to show off and restorative dentistry can help. Restorative dental treatments aim to treat oral health conditions or fix problems with your teeth. Dental crowns are one example of the restorative services we offer at Skyline Dental. We work with you to make sure your crown fits perfectly and looks natural.

More information about dental crowns:

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that covers a single tooth or a dental implant by fully encasing the area above your gum line. It can protect a weak tooth, restore a broken or damaged tooth, cover a misshapen or discolored tooth, secure a dental bridge, cover an implant, or to make other cosmetic and restorative modifications to your smile.

Permanent crowns are made from stainless steel, other metal alloys, resin, porcelain fused to metal, or porcelain alone. At Skyline Dental, we use porcelain (ceramic) crowns. These have the most natural color and can be used for front and back teeth.

Placing a Dental Crown

The process of placing a dental crown is different depending on whether it is covering a natural tooth or a dental implant.

Covering a Natural Tooth

If the crown is covering a broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged natural tooth, then the first step is to examine the tooth and prepare it for the dental crown. Your dentist may take X-rays or take other steps to ensure the root of the tooth is healthy enough for this procedure.

The dentist will then reshape your tooth so that it will be able to support the crown. In some cases, this means removing part of your natural tooth. If a large portion of your tooth is missing due to decay or other damage, the dentist may need to add a large filling to build the tooth up for the crown.

After shaping the tooth, the dentist will take an impression and send it to a dental laboratory. At the lab, they will make the porcelain crown using material that closely matches the color of your other teeth. This process takes a few weeks. During that time, you will have a temporary crown to protect your tooth.

When you return, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and will confirm that the permanent crown looks the way you would like. If you are happy with the crown, the dentist will secure it to your natural tooth using dental cement.

Covering a Dental Implant

If your tooth has been removed due to decay or injury, you may have a dental implant in its place. This is a metal post that extends into your jaw like a natural tooth root. To attach a dental crown to an implant, it is necessary to use an abutment. This connects the visible portion of the crown to the portion of the implant that lies below your gum line. The crown is cemented to the abutment, not the implant, and this is connected to the implant with an abutment screw.

Restore Your Smile at Skyline Dental

It is our goal to help you get a smile you will love. Dental crowns are one way that we can achieve this. They can cover damaged teeth or, when paired with dental implants, replace missing teeth to restore your smile.

Contact us today to learn more about our dental crown procedures.