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By North Rivers Dental Associates
June 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dental crowns and how they can restore your smile.dental crowns

While no one wants to face dental problems, sometimes even the best measures can’t prevent them from happening. When issues set in it’s important that you turn to our North Charleston, SC, family dentists for treatment. In some cases, we might recommend getting a dental crown, a restoration that is made to look just like a real tooth. Could a dental crown benefit your smile? Let’s find out.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you dealing with a tooth that is cracked or broken?
  • Do you have extensive and widespread tooth decay?
  • Do you have a tooth that is malformed, discolored or unsightly?
  • Do you have a tooth that is weak?
  • Do you need to replace a missing permanent tooth?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you could be a candidate for a dental crown. In fact, a lot of people have crowns. These tooth-shaped caps are often used for restorative purposes; however, they can also improve the look and shape of a tooth, too. Crowns are multipurpose!

In fact, crowns can also be used to replace a missing tooth, no matter whether you choose to get a dental implant or a bridge to treat your tooth loss. Crowns are used to cover an implant to complete the restoration and also be used to support and keep dental bridges firmly in place.

All crowns are custom-made based on measurements taken of your tooth. Here at North Rivers Dental Associates, we believe that everyone in North Charleston, SC, deserves a dental crown that is as close to a real tooth as possible. Trust us; no one will even be able to tell that you have a crown.

Crowns can be made from different kinds of materials; however, it’s more common to used tooth-colored materials like composite resin or porcelain, because they most closely match the look and color of tooth enamel.

North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC, is here to provide your family with a full range of dental services. No matter whether you need to schedule a regular cleaning, chat about your orthodontic options or want to find out how restorative dentistry can help you, we are the dental experts you can rely on.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
November 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged teeth are embarrassing, but modern dentistry has state of the art technology to help you deal with this issue. Drs. Riley dental crownsCates, Brian Jaques, Ryan Emerson, and Maurice Weintraub offer their patients dental crowns at their North Charleston, SC office to mask those unsightly teeth so you have a beautiful smile.

What are dental crowns?

Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your North Charleston dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.

Why get a dental crown?

During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • It goes without saying that you need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. However, make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown. It's important to avoid plaque to reduce the chances of cavities forming and impacting the dental restoration.
  • In addition to brushing and flossing, your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape the plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet.
  • Bruxism, when someone grinds their teeth, can reduce how long your crowns last as well. So make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard or splints.

For more information on dental crowns, contact your North Charleston, SC dentists today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
October 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

What is a dental crown?

A crown is an artificial cover- a cap that replaces damaged areas and protects the remaining tooth. It is similar to a filling, but rather thanDental Crowns patching up a small area, crowns cover the entire tooth surface, and are custom-made to blend with the shape and color of the patient’s other teeth. 

Why are crowns necessary?

Crowns become necessary when too much of a tooth is damaged to support a filling. They are also used when protection is required after a root canal procedure, or they can be an option for cosmetic reasons. 

What is the procedure for crown placement?

First, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, the dentist removes the damaged areas of the tooth, and shapes the remaining part of the tooth into a form that provides a solid base for the crown. A mold is taken of the re-shaped tooth, and of its counterpart on the other side of the mouth to correctly model the crown. A temporary crown is fitted so that the tooth can be used while you wait for the permanent crown to be designed and manufactured - usually 1 or 2 weeks. Another appointment will be necessary to remove the temporary crown, and place the permanent one. If you are satisfied with the appearance and feel, it will be set with an adhesive. 

What materials are used to make the crown?

Crowns can be made from metals, such as gold, nickel alloys, or palladium alloy. They can also be made from porcelain, resin, ceramic, or a combination of porcelain fused to metal. Each material has different pros and cons, and your dentist will help you decide which suits your needs best. 

How long does a crown last?


It can depend greatly based on the patient’s life - the amount of wear-and-tear from different foods, teeth grinding or clenching, oral hygiene practices, etc. Generally, a crown can be expected to last many years, sometimes up to 15. 

Do I need a root canal procedure as well as a crown?

The short answer is no. A root canal procedure is only necessary if the pulp inside the tooth has become infected. If you do need a root canal procedure, a crown will almost certainly be required as well. 

For more information about crowns, dental procedures, or to schedule an appointment in North Charleston, SC, call the experts at North Rivers Dental Associates at 843-553-7827.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
July 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Find out how dental crowns can protect your smile from further damage.

While we all try our hardest to keep our smiles healthy, sometimes problems can still arise. Whether you noticed a crunch when biting Dental Crownsinto your delicious lunch or you had an accident out on the athletic field, dental damage can happen to even the most cautious. Find out when your North Charleston, SC dentist may recommend getting a crown and how it can protect your smile.

About Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are cemented over an entire tooth that has been damaged by decay, trauma or a fracture. Besides protecting a damaged tooth from further problems, a dental crown can also be used to improve aesthetics, particularly for a tooth that is severely stained, misshapen or misaligned.

Dental crowns can also be made from a variety of different materials including steel, gold alloy, porcelain, resin or ceramic. Patients often opt for dental crowns made from ceramic or porcelain as they can be matched to the rest of your teeth to give a more natural look.

The Importance of Dental Crowns

If you are suffering from severe decay, a fracture or an infection that has irreparably damaged the integrity of your tooth, a dental crown is used to restore full function and durability back into the tooth. Without a dental crown your tooth may become further damaged, which could later require a tooth extraction. Instead of dealing with serious issues down the road, your North Charleston, SC dentist will recommend having a dental crown put on now.

If decay is the reason for dental damage then we will remove all areas of the tooth that have decay before we place the dental crown. If you are dealing with an infection within the tooth, we will go inside and remove the damaged tissue and clean out the tooth before giving you a crown.

Are you dealing with a cracked or chipped tooth? Then you need to see your North Charleston, SC dentist right away. A damaged tooth can only get worse if left untreated. Let dental crowns protect your smile from serious damage. Call North Rivers Dental Associates today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
February 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Discover how dental crowns can protect and strengthen your smile.

While our natural teeth are strong and withstand a lot of abuse, accidents can happen that can cause serious damage. When severe decay or trauma affects the integrity of your tooth, this requires immediate treatment from your North Charleston dentist to ensureDental Crowns that further damage does not ensue. If you’ve damaged your tooth extensively, we may recommend dental crowns. Find out all about dental crowns, when they are used and why they are beneficial.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are tooth-like caps, often made from porcelain, that go over the top part of your tooth to cover and protect severely damaged teeth from further damage.

Why do I need a dental crown?

If your tooth has sustained severe damage either from injury or decay, then you may need a dental crown to preserve the natural tooth and prevent further complications. Your North Charleston dentist will often place a dental crown over a tooth that has just undergone root canal treatment.

What are the advantages of wearing a dental crown?

Dental crowns are designed to look just like a real tooth; therefore, we can create a crown that will not only function like a regular tooth but also may even look healthier and better.

Dental crowns are also the best way to preserve the integrity of your natural tooth and to improve function. By fitting your tooth with a crown you prevent further damage and the possibility of requiring a tooth extraction and then additional tooth loss treatments.

How long does a dental crown last?

Dental crowns are durable and the majority of them will last up to 15 to 20 years, with the proper care.

Do dental crowns require special care?

Dental crowns are created to act and look just like real teeth, so you should also treat them just like real teeth. This means continuing to brush and floss your smile, including your dental crown. While artificial teeth cannot develop decay, it’s still possible for decay to grow in between your crown and surrounding natural teeth.

If you are displaying signs of a damaged or infected tooth, it’s important to seek treatment right away. While dental crowns aren’t always necessary, they can be a great way to preserve and restore your natural tooth. Call North Rivers Dental Associates today about getting dental crowns in North Charleston.