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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns  

Dental crowns provide a simple solution if you have damaged teeth. The restorations, offered by Your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, improve both the appearance and function of your teeth.

How dental crowns work

Dental crowns are hollow restorations that completely cover the top part of teeth. Commonly called caps, crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin and are cemented on top of your teeth.

Before you receive a crown, your dentist will make your tooth a little smaller. Reducing the size of the tooth ensures a proper fit for your new crown. During your visit to the Monroe dental office, she'll also make an impression of your mouth. The impression serves as a guide for the dental laboratory technicians who will create your new crown.

Crowns restore and protect damaged teeth

Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has fractured or broken. Appearance isn't the only issue if a tooth breaks. Pain may be a problem when the broken ends of the tooth are exposed to the air. Other issues include difficulty chewing and cuts from the sharp edges of the tooth. Your dental crown will restore your tooth's normal appearance and function and end your pain. Crowns are designed to withstand normal wear and tear and may last 10 to 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.

A dental crown may also be a good option if your tooth is weak. Teeth can weaken with age or become weaker due to a large filling, root canal therapy, or a crack. Unfortunately, fragile teeth can break very easily. If a break would happen to extend into the tooth root, it wouldn't be possible to save your tooth.

Crowns protect and strengthen fragile teeth, preventing breaks. Biting and chewing require strong biting action that could fracture a fragile tooth. A crown absorbs biting forces and spread them evenly over the surface of the restoration, protecting your tooth.

Crowns can also be used to lengthen teeth, hide discolorations and imperfections, or change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth.

Could dental crowns help your smile? Call your dentist in Monroe, MI, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, at (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   teeth whitening  

Tooth stains are a common cause of dull, yellow smiles. In addition to visiting your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeannette Murphy for dental cleanings and other services, these tips can help you reduce stains.

Watch what you eat

Have you ever struggled to remove red wine from a tablecloth or been unsuccessful in eliminating a popsicle stain from your favorite white shirt? Stains from darkly pigmented foods and beverages are particularly hard to remove, whether they occur on your shirt or your teeth.

Pigments from foods and drinks drift into microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate over the years, your teeth begin to look duller. Avoiding these foods, or at least eating or drinking less of them, can help you keep your teeth whiter. In addition to wine and popsicles, foods, and beverages that can cause stains to include:

  • Cola and other darkly colored soft drinks
  • Dark beer
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Grape juice
  • Sports drinks
  • Blueberries, cherries, and other dark berries
  • Pomegranates
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce

Use a straw

Drinking dark beverages through a straw may reduce staining. When you use a straw, most of the liquid bypasses the fronts of your teeth. Although it may seem a little strange to drink your morning cup of coffee or tea this way, using a straw can offer a simple solution to staining.

Brush after meals

Brushing immediately after eating can reduce the number of pigments that settle in the pores of your teeth. Although brushing is usually a good idea, don't brush right away if you've been drinking cola or wine or eating or drinking other acidic foods and beverages. Brushing can spread the acids throughout your mouth, increasing your risk of tooth decay. Wait at least 30 minutes to brush after consuming acidic foods or beverages.

Schedule regular dental cleanings

Do you visit the Monroe dental office every six months for checkups and cleanings? Cleanings remove plaque and tartar and also get rid of minor surface stains that can dull your smile.

Consider teeth whitening or veneers

If you're unhappy with your smile, your dentist offers two options that will brighten your teeth. During teeth whitening, a hydrogen peroxide gel breaks up and removes dark pigments, leaving your teeth up to eight shades whiter.

Dental veneers provide a long-term whitening option. The thin porcelain or plastic shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Veneers not only whiten your teeth but also conceal minor flaws.

Are you tired of your dull smile? Teeth whitening or veneers may offer the smile boost you need. Call your dentist in Monroe, MI, Dr. Murphy, at (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment.