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What is a Crown?


A crown, also known as a cap, is a dental restoration that covers all or most of a particular tooth. Why are crowns sometimes necessary? There are several reasons crowns are recommended. A crown is commonly necessary when natural tooth material (enamel and dentin- the inner layer) has been damaged by decay. A second reason why crowns are fabricated is when a tooth as been fractured by trauma. Sometimes a tooth that has a large filling and it has occurred that the large filling has decay- it can be impractical or impossible to restore this tooth with a still larger…

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Mar 23, 2012 by

Grinding and Clenching

Clenching Teeth

Bruxism is defined as grinding one’s teeth usually accompanied by clenching of the jaws. In some cases observable symptoms may be present such as headaches, facial muscle pain or soreness, chronic discomfort of a tooth or group of teeth and pain or soreness in the joints of the jaws. This grinding of the teeth can be very powerful and destructive. The teeth can be worn down significantly with the natural surfaces polished flat and the tooth diminished greatly in size. Existing fillings can be fractured and the porcelain of crowns damaged beyond simple repair. Another finding believed to be caused…

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Mar 8, 2012 by