A New Year’s Smile with Invisalign and Bonding – Ted’s Story

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

Where did this start?

Ted has been a loyal patient of Eggert Family Dentistry and Dr. Elizabeth Eggert for over 13 years.  Ted was having an issue with chipping of his front teeth.  Over the years the enamel of his front teeth started to get thinner.  This was mostly because of the tooth positions of his lower front teeth.  Dr. Elizabeth talked with Ted about orthodontic movements to help increase the longevity of any future restorations, but Ted wasn’t ready to do anything until he additionally bumped his front tooth and because of the weak enamel, a significant chip occurred.  Ted still wasn’t ready for orthodontics and asked Dr. Elizabeth to start by simply fixing the tooth with composite.

Fast forward nearly 2 years and Ted started to notice the enamel thinning again with his front teeth.  He understood that the lower front tooth positions put more strain on his edges and he was ready to talk about Invisalign options for orthodontic tooth movement.

What was involved?

Dr. Elizabeth gathered the records needed for Invisalign orthodontic treatment.  She sent impressions, photos, and x-rays of Ted’s teeth to Invisalign where they created a 3D simulation, called a clincheck, to show how his teeth could move with Invisalign treatment.  Ted was very happy with the simulation, which showed a significant improvement to his crowding, especially on the lower front teeth and he decided to move forward with Invisalign.

Ted’s case was expected to consist of 19 aligners that he would wear for one to two weeks at a time for 9-12 months.  As part of Ted’s Invisalign treatment, Dr. Elizabeth included “bite ramps” on his aligners because he clenches heavily on his teeth.  Bite ramps prevent patients from being able to bite down completely and clench.  They help give the muscles a “stop” point and remind the muscles to stay in a more relaxed position.  Ted was consistent in wearing his aligners as instructed.

After his Invisalign treatment was complete, Dr. Elizabeth made minor alterations to the biting surface of some of Ted’s teeth to remove interferences and even out his bite.  This process is called equilibration and will help prevent further wear on Ted’s new smile.  Once the equilibration was complete and Ted completed some whitening with Opalescence whitening solution at home, Ted was ready to strengthen his front teeth with composite bonding.  Dr. Elizabeth added resin plastic filling material to his central incisors.  Because his teeth are now in a better position, it was even possible to add a little length to Ted’s teeth, giving him a more youthful smile.

What does Ted think?

Ted said “I wanted my teeth fixed!  I was more curious than anything as I read about orthodontic options online.  I am happy I chose to do Invisalign with Dr. Elizabeth, but I wasn’t sure how long it would take.”  Ted was really happy with the results and said that it was not nearly as bad as he had initially anticipated.  He was concerned about not being able to eat and drink with the aligners in, but after living with them awhile, he realized it wasn’t as bad over the course of the year as he thought it would be.  “They still are a bit inconvenient” but “well worth it.”  When asked what he would say if he were talking to someone considering getting this type of treatment done, Ted noted he would tell them it’s “Absolutely worth it!”  Ted, thank you for putting your trust in us to complete your care!  We love your new bright smile and are happy that with the tooth movements, the results will be much more stable over the long-haul!  Congratulations!

 

The World of Online Reviews: A Reflection on Feedback We’ve Had at Eggert Family Dentistry

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

At Eggert Family Dentistry in North Oaks, MN, we take pride in the care and service we provide to our patients. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the numerous five-star Google reviews we’ve received, highlighting the positive experiences shared by many in our community. However, like any small business, we also encounter the occasional one-star review, and it’s important to address the dynamics surrounding online feedback.

While five-star reviews serve as a testament to the dedication of our team and the quality of care we offer, one-star reviews present a different narrative. We understand that not every experience meets expectations, and we value constructive feedback to help us improve. However, it’s disheartening when some negative reviews stem from misunderstandings, frustrations with scheduling, or insurance issues. Healthcare is a unique industry in which we are expected to support our patients and their insurance policies, help our patients understand and navigate these vastly different policies, as well as wait weeks for payment from this third-party payer system. We can always empathize with how difficult your insurance company may be for you, however, we will never be able to “make your insurance pay” and this is something anyone who wishes to use an insurance policy has to understand.

We believe that Google reviews should be a platform for constructive dialogue and genuine feedback. However, it’s challenging when low ratings come from individuals we haven’t had the opportunity to build a relationship with or from anonymous sources. Despite our best efforts to accommodate patients, in all the instances of our one-star reviews, these grievances were just aired online rather than communicated directly to Dr. Jeff or Dr. Elizabeth. In our opinion, this would have been much more constructive and appropriate.

Running a small business, especially in the healthcare sector, comes with its unique set of challenges. Recruiting and retaining exceptional team members is paramount to our success, and we stand by our team members when they are faced with disrespectful behavior. It’s disheartening to witness the increase in instances where individuals choose to be unreasonable or rude, particularly toward our hardworking team members.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to businesses worldwide, amplifying stress and uncertainty. Despite hopes for a return to normalcy, the strain on small, local, and privately-owned businesses persists. As we navigate these turbulent times, we rely on the support of our community more than ever.

We extend our gratitude to our loyal patients who have entrusted us with their dental care. Your positive experiences and kind words resonate far beyond online reviews, shaping the fabric of our practice and reinforcing our commitment to excellence. We invite you to share your five-star stories and experiences with the world, helping us amplify the voices of those who value our dedication to exceptional dental care. Leave Your 5-Star Review >>

At Eggert Family Dentistry, we remain steadfast in our mission to provide compassionate, high-quality dental care to our community. As we look ahead, we’re grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve you and eager to continue building meaningful relationships for years to come. Thank you for your unwavering support.

Take Charge of Your Dental Health in 2024!

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to focus more on your dental health? If not, it’s never too late to make it a priority! If you focus on keeping your teeth and gums healthy, your overall well-being (and your wallet) will thank you.

So how can you improve your dental health this year? Well, a healthy smile goes beyond just brushing and flossing — it also involves regular dental check-ups and “recare” visits. Let’s take a look at why improving your dental health should be high on your list, various ways you can improve your oral health, and some examples of easy dental resolutions you can follow in 2024.

The Link Between Dental Health and Overall Health

As the new year unfolds, many of us make resolutions to lead healthier lives, the classic resolution being to hit the gym. And while many think exercise and nutrition are the end-all-be-all of health, the truth is that our body’s wellbeing is a result of many interconnected systems, each affecting the other. Your dental health, for example, can impact various aspects of your overall health, including cardiovascular health, respiratory health, and even mental health.

Oral health’s impact on the heart: Study after study has shown that people who have poor oral health (such as gum disease or tooth loss) have higher rates of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack or stroke than people with good oral health. Researchers have proposed many theories as to why this connection exists, including bacteria from the mouth traveling through blood vessels, inflammation causing an immune response, or the correlating factor of smoking cigarettes. Whatever the cause, the relationship between oral health and cardiovascular health has been demonstrated many times over.

Oral health’s impact on the lungs: According to research, oral health directly impacts incidences and outcomes of lung diseases, such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a healthy person, the lungs are usually able to fight off any bacteria that would accumulate in the mouth and travel through the respiratory system. However, when a person’s lungs are compromised by a pre-existing respiratory condition, the lung’s immune response is weaker. This makes it easier for bacteria that accumulates in an unclean mouth to travel to the lungs and cause infections.

Oral health’s impact on mental health: Studies since the COVID 19 pandemic have shown that mental health and oral health are correlated, with associations demonstrated between mental health problems and tooth loss, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. Dental decay and tooth loss can lead to more frequent pain, which often increases social isolation, and feelings of low self-esteem. All of this results in a lower quality of life, which often leads to poorer mental health.

Poor oral hygiene can have a domino effect on multiple systems of the body. By resolving to improve your dental health in 2024, you’re not just preserving your smile – you’re protecting the wellbeing of your entire body.

The Importance of Regular Recare Visits

Most people understand that brushing twice and flossing once daily are the pinnacles of good oral health. However, it’s equally important to schedule regular dental appointments, also known as recare visits — it is important to realize that these visits are much more than “just a cleaning.” It is essential to be committed to them and never skip out! When scheduled regularly, these appointments play a key part in preventing and detecting dental problems early on.

When you schedule a recare appointment with Eggert Family Dentistry, Dr. Jeff Eggert or Dr. Elizabeth Eggert can make sure that small problems like gingivitis and cavities don’t escalate into more significant (and expensive) issues, such as periodontal disease and tooth loss. When you come in for your appointment, not only will you get a professional teeth cleaning, but you’ll also receive a thorough check-up to ensure the health of your mouth and the quality of any dental restorations/devices such as fillings, crowns, dentures, or veneers.

Questions? Call Eggert Family Dentistry

Your smile is an essential part of your overall health, and when you prioritize your dental health, you’re investing in a lifetime of well-being. Call Eggert Family Dentistry at 651.482.8412 to schedule your recare appointment today or to ask any questions you have about dental health. Make 2024 the year you take charge of the health of your smile – your future self will thank you!

Axe Throwing: From Ancient Tool to Modern Recreation

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

Axe throwing, an activity with roots deep in human history, has evolved from a practical tool for survival and warfare into a popular and engaging recreational pastime. The origins of axe throwing can be traced back to ancient civilizations where axes were essential for hunting, woodworking, and, when necessary, as weapons in battle.

Historical Significance:  Axes as Tools and Weapons

In ancient times, various cultures utilized axes for a multitude of purposes. The Vikings, for example, are often associated with both the craftsmanship of axes for daily tasks and their use as formidable weapons. Similarly, Native American tribes employed tomahawks, a type of light axe, for hunting and ceremonial purposes.

Throughout history, axes have symbolized strength, utility, and craftsmanship, transcending their practical applications. As societies progressed, axes became less vital for survival, transforming into symbols of craftsmanship and resourcefulness.

The Rise of Axe Throwing as a Recreational Activity

The transition of axe throwing from a utilitarian tool to a recreational activity can be attributed to various factors. One of the key elements is the desire for unique and thrilling experiences. As society advanced, people sought unconventional ways to unwind and connect with others, fostering a demand for activities that blended skill, competition, and social interaction.

In recent years, axe throwing has experienced a resurgence, fueled by the rise of urban recreational venues specializing in this novel sport. These establishments offer a safe and controlled environment for participants to channel their inner lumberjack, honing their skills at hitting a target with a carefully thrown axe.

Why Axe Throwing is Popular Today

Several factors contribute to the current popularity of axe throwing:

  1. Accessible to All Skill Levels:  Axe throwing is relatively easy for beginners to pick up, making it an inclusive activity for people of all ages and fitness levels.
  2. Social and Competitive Element:  The sport combines elements of both social and competitive activities. Whether enjoying a casual night out with friends or participating in a structured league, axe throwing provides an opportunity for camaraderie and friendly competition.
  3. Stress Relief and Catharsis:  The act of throwing an axe can be cathartic, offering a unique way for individuals to release stress and tension. The rhythmic motion of axe throwing provides a satisfying physical and mental release.
  4. Novelty and Trendiness:  The novelty of axe throwing, combined with its historical roots, contributes to its trendiness. People are drawn to experiences that stand out from traditional recreational activities.
  5. Safe and Controlled Environment:  Modern axe-throwing venues prioritize safety, providing participants with thorough training and safety guidelines. This ensures that individuals can enjoy the activity without unnecessary risks.

The history of axe throwing is a journey from practicality to recreation. Today, it has found a place in the hearts of enthusiasts seeking a unique, social, and thrilling experience, turning what was once a survival skill into a modern pastime that continues to captivate people around the world.

Illuminating Smiles: Navigating the Risks and Benefits of Tooth Whitening

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

A bright, radiant smile is often considered a universal symbol of health and vitality. As a result, tooth whitening procedures have gained immense popularity in recent years, promising to transform stained or discolored teeth into pearly whites. However, like any cosmetic procedure, tooth whitening comes with its own set of risks and benefits that individuals should carefully consider before embarking on their journey to a dazzling smile.

Understanding the Science Behind Tooth Whitening

To comprehend tooth whitening, we must delve into the science behind it. Tooth whitening primarily involves the use of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which break down into oxygen molecules. These oxygen molecules penetrate the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth, oxidizing and breaking down the pigmented molecules that cause discoloration. This chemical reaction is often referred to as “tooth bleaching.” The oxygen molecules also change how the light scatters within the tooth causing the tooth to look brighter.

Tooth whitening products mostly address the intrinsic (or internal) discoloration of the teeth. These products can also help with the extrinsic (or external) discoloration of teeth usually caused by staining due to aging, or consumption of staining substances like coffee, tea, or red wine. In general, tooth whitening does not really alter the natural color of teeth; rather, it restores them to their original, brighter shade.

Benefits of Tooth Whitening

The most obvious benefit of tooth whitening is an enhanced esthetic appeal. A brighter smile can boost confidence, improve self-esteem, and leave a lasting positive impression. Additionally, tooth whitening is a non-invasive procedure, making it a relatively quick and painless way to achieve noticeable results.

At Eggert Family Dentistry in North Oaks, MN, Dr. Jeff Eggert and Dr. Elizabeth Eggert understand the transformative power of a radiant smile. Their commitment to providing personalized dental care includes offering tooth whitening services tailored to individual needs, ensuring patients achieve the results they desire.

Risks to Consider

While tooth whitening is generally safe, it’s not without some risks. Some individuals may experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation as a side effect of the bleaching agents. Overuse or misuse of whitening products can lead to enamel erosion, making teeth more susceptible to cavities. It’s crucial to consult with a qualified dentist, like those at Eggert Family Dentistry, before starting any whitening regimen to ensure a customized approach that minimizes potential risks.

In the pursuit of a brighter, more confident smile, understanding the risks and benefits of tooth whitening is paramount. Eggert Family Dentistry, with its experienced team led by Dr. Jeff Eggert and Dr. Elizabeth Eggert, offers a comprehensive approach to tooth whitening because we consider the unique needs and concerns of each patient. Ultimately, a radiant smile is not just about esthetics; it’s a reflection of overall dental health and well-being. Call us today to ask about tooth whitening options for you!  651-482-8412.

3 Teeth Whitening Treatments: How to Get A Snow-White Smile for the Holidays

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

The holiday season is officially here! At Eggert Family Dentistry, this is the time of year when many of our patients come to us wanting a smile that’s as white as snow for their holiday gatherings.

We understand how important it is for our patients to feel confident and beautiful in front of family and friends, and that’s why we offer a selection of effective teeth whitening solutions designed to suit a variety of preferences and schedules. Let’s take a look at the different options to help you decide which one is best for you!

Philips Zoom Whitening Treatment

One of our most popular whitening treatments is the Philips Zoom Whitening System. A swift and effective option, Zoom is performed in a single, two-hour appointment. We apply a professional whitening gel to your teeth and activate the gel with an LED light which allows the gel to better penetrate the teeth. This method can lighten your teeth by an impressive 4-10 shades! If you’re looking for a fast and effective treatment, you really can’t go wrong with Zoom.

KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System

For those seeking a deep whitening treatment but have sensitive teeth, our KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System might be the perfect fit. This option restores your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen, allowing for effective whitening of up to an impressive 16 shades. The custom-made bleaching trays ensure a perfect fit, and the process involves little-to-no sensitivity. Kör is the most effective whitening system on the market and can bleach even tetracycline-stained teeth, which has been previously thought to be impossible to bleach!

Professional-Grade Strips and Whitening Trays

Over-the-counter whitening strips are a popular whitening option, however, the strips don’t provide coverage for the crevices of teeth. The part of the teeth along the gum line may also be missed. Extreme tooth sensitivity is common, and they only whiten teeth from two to four shades. That’s why Eggert Family Dentistry offers professional-grade whitening strips and trays. These are more effective and gentler on your teeth and gums than their over-the-counter counterparts. They can lighten your teeth 2-8 shades, and most people see results in as little as 2 weeks.

How to Maintain Your White Smile

Consistency is key in maintaining your whitening treatment for as long as possible. Follow any post-whitening care instructions provided by Dr. Jeff Eggert or Dr. Elizabeth Eggert, using at-home maintenance products like personalized trays or a specific toothpaste for lasting results.

Avoid overconsumption of stain-causing foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, blueberries, and red wine to significantly extend your whitening results. That’s not to say you can’t ever enjoy these foods and drinks — just that you should do so in moderation, and always follow up with a thorough oral hygiene routine.

Regular dental check-ups at Eggert Family Dentistry are also essential for maintaining your oral health and the whiteness of your smile. With proper care, your smile will be sure to impress at any holiday gathering this year and beyond!

Get a Whiter, Brighter Smile Today!

This holiday season, don’t settle for over-the-counter solutions. Whether you prefer the speed of in-office treatments or the convenience of at-home options, Eggert Family Dentistry is here to guide you toward a brighter, more confident smile. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Eggert or Dr. Jeff Eggert at 651.482.8412, and let’s make your holiday smile shine!

A Quick New Smile for a Lifetime! – Jim’s Story

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

How did this start and what did Jim want?

Jim has been a loyal patient of Dr. Elizabeth Eggert for over 15 years.  She has placed multiple posterior crowns for Jim over the years, but there came a time when Jim’s front teeth, which had previously been treated with PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns, were decaying and needed to be replaced.  Jim was interested in getting his crowns all done in one day and he wanted them to look natural.  We were able to address his front four teeth in one 3-hour appointment and his two upper canine (eye-teeth) at a subsequent 2-hour appointment.

What was involved?

We were able to complete CEREC crowns for Jim’s front teeth.  This means we were able to make the crowns right in our office!

How CEREC Works

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) is a method of creating dental restorations right at Eggert Family Dentistry in one appointment!  These restorations are typically used to repair damaged teeth due to decay or injury.

Specifically, restorations are designed and created using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing).  This process means designs are made after scanning with a highly advanced scanning unit and then computer software helps Dr. Jeff and Dr. Elizabeth design your crown!  The design is sent to the milling unit and your crown is ready in minutes.

C – Chair-Side:  The CAD/CAM technology is in the office and can be used while you are the dental chair.
E – Economical:  The procedure allows our office to keep our costs as low as possible for patients.
R –Restorations:  The CEREC procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength.
E – Esthetic:  CEREC restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored.
C – Ceramic:  The ceramics we are able to use in-office are similar in strength to enamel, your natural tooth structure.   

What does Jim think?

Jim loves his new smile and was so happy to be able to get all his crowns done without multiple visits and without the risks that comes with wearing temporary crowns (like them accidentally coming loose).  Jim’s story is just one of many others who have experienced magnificent results with Dr. Eggert.  Crowns can yield beautiful and predictable results for accomplishing an improved smile.  At Eggert Family Dentistry, we love providing Dentistry for a Lifetime of Smiles – thanks Jim for trusting us to help you continue to smile big and confidently!

Jim After

Jim After

 

Are There Any Restrictions After I Get a Crown?

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

In the immediate hours after getting a dental crown, you may wonder, “What did Dr. Eggert say again?  Are there supposed to be any restrictions for me today?”  Well, wonder no more.  Here we will share several post-operative care measures that can contribute to a smoother recovery and enhance the longevity of your crown as well as improve your healing.

You maybe didn’t know, but our website has helpful post-operative instructions for most of the dental procedures done in our office including Crowns.

After the Preparation Appointment

After the preparation appointment, if you did not have a CEREC crown done, you are wearing a temporary crown or bridge.  This is held on with temporary cement.  Be sure to avoid sticky foods and gum so as to not pull the temporary off.  Also avoid hard or crunchy foods.  It is best to chew on the opposite side as much as possible.

Expect your gum tissues to be sore for a few days.  It helps to rinse with warm salt water (8 oz warm water and 1 teaspoon salt) 2-3 times daily for 3-5 days.  It also helps to take some over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or Tylenol for both gum soreness, tooth soreness, and jaw soreness.  Take that as directed in our office, for most patients that are able to take ibuprofen, we will recommend 600 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours for the first 1-5 days.

It is important to brush and floss the temporary.  This will help the gum tissues heal faster.  Brush with small, circular, massaging strokes along the gumline.  While flossing, pull the floss out to the side if you experience a lot of resistance through the contact point of the tooth.  Occasionally temporary crowns will be splinted together, or in the case of a temporary bridge, use the floss threader as directed in our office.

Temporary crowns rarely come loose, but if yours happens to do so:

  • Don’t panic and try to save the temporary (i.e. don’t swallow it)
  • Attempt to re-fit the temporary on your tooth using toothpaste to hold it in place
  • Call our office right away to find a time for us to recement your temporary for you

What Are Some Symptoms I Should be Concerned About?

Occasionally teeth undergoing the preparation procedure will experience inflammation in the nerve.  This can happen with any tooth, but more commonly occurs in a tooth that has had a large filling or deep decay, cracking, fracture, or pain before the preparation procedure.  The inflammation in the nerve tissue can become irreversible, necessitating additional procedures for the tooth.  If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, call our office right away:

  • Prolonged pain after cold, hot, or chewing that gets worse over time
  • A dull ache that won’t go away
  • The need to take over-the-counter pain medicine for 5 days or more “around the clock”
  • Pain that wakes you up at night
  • Pain that gets worse over time instead of better
  • Swelling getting worse in the gums or tissues surrounding the tooth

After the Cementation Appointment

After the cementation appointment, the gum tissues and tooth may be sensitive and sore for a couple of days.  Use warm salt water rinses and over-the-counter pain medicine during this time if needed.  Brush and floss the new crown or bridge as you would any tooth.  If you experience any of the signs or symptoms listed above describing inflammation in the nerve, please call our office right away.  If you had a CEREC crown done, your preparation and cementation occurred all in one day.  The same instructions apply although there is no need to avoid sticky or crunchy foods.

Generally, you may want to avoid eating or drinking for a couple of hours after the procedure so you don’t accidentally bite your cheeks, lips, or tongue due to the local anesthetic used for your procedure.  It is also helpful to stick with easy to chew foods to minimize the stress for your tooth.

Once you have your final crown, practicing good oral hygiene remains essential.  It still is possible to get decay and gum disease even if your tooth has a crown.

After the placement of a dental crown, certain restrictions and considerations should be observed to ensure the optimal success and longevity of the restoration. While dental crowns are designed to restore the function and esthetics of a damaged tooth, it’s important to be mindful of so your crown can last for many years!

Eggert Family Dentistry, Your Dental Crown Experts

We’re here for you if you still have questions about what to do after your dental crown procedure.  Call our office today at 651-482-8412!  We look forward to working with you again soon!

Preparing for Crown Success: A Guide to Your Dental Procedure at Eggert Family Dentistry

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

Are you scheduled for a dental crown procedure at Eggert Family Dentistry in North Oaks, MN? Dr. Jeff Eggert and Dr. Elizabeth Eggert are renowned for their commitment to delivering top-notch dental care and preparing adequately for your crown procedure can contribute significantly to your success and your overall comfort during recovery.

Understanding the Crown Procedure

Before delving into the preparation, it’s beneficial to have a brief understanding of the dental crown procedure.  Dental crowns, also known as caps, are custom-designed to fit over a damaged or weakened tooth, restoring its strength, functionality, and appearance.  At Eggert Family Dentistry, we often complete crowns in one visit using our CEREC procedure.

Preparing for Your Crown Procedure

  1. Consultation and Treatment Planning:  Before the actual procedure, Dr. Jeff or Dr. Elizabeth will have completed an exam to diagnose the condition of your tooth and will have talked with you about the reasons why a crown is recommended for you.
  2. Ask Questions:  Feel free to ask any questions or express concerns during your exam or before scheduling for your procedure.  Any one of our magnificent team members will be able to help you understand your condition.  Understanding the procedure, potential discomfort, and aftercare instructions will help alleviate anxiety and ensure you are well-informed.
  3. Oral Hygiene Routine:  Maintain a diligent oral hygiene routine leading up to the procedure.

Day of the Procedure

  1. Eat Before Your Appointment:  Have a nutritious meal before your appointment as you will likely want to avoid eating until the local anesthetic needed for the appointment wears off.
  2. Comfortable Clothing:  Consider wearing loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment, as this can enhance your overall comfort during the procedure.
  3. Consider an Anti-inflammatory:  We will definitely recommend an anti-inflammatory if it is appropriate for you after your dental crown procedure, but if you take your first dose about one hour prior to your appointment time, the medicine has time to kick in and your muscles and tooth can be that much happier! 

What’s Next?

Preparing for a dental crown procedure at Eggert Family Dentistry involves a combination of proactive steps and open communication with your experienced dental team.  By taking these measures, you set the stage for a successful procedure and a speedy, comfortable recovery, ensuring your smile remains healthy and vibrant for years to come.  Call us at 651-482-8412 to schedule your dental crown procedure today!

Do I Need a Dental Crown? [Answered]

By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert

A beautiful smile is a key indicator of youth and good health. Over time, however, our teeth begin to weaken due to physical stressors, acidic foods, and other factors. This makes our teeth more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration.

That’s where dental crowns come in. This common dental restoration can solve a number of problems and bring your smile back to its former glory.

Are you wondering whether or not a dental crown can help restore your smile? Then you’ve come to the right place! Let’s take a deeper look at dental crowns to help you determine when this restorative treatment is right for you.

What are Crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that restores a decayed, broken, weak or worn-down tooth. Crowns are about 1.5 mm thick and cover the entire tooth like a little hat. This cap replaces the structure, support, and look of the original tooth.

These days, crowns are typically made from the strongest all-porcelain materials. However, in the past crowns have also been made from porcelain fused to metal, or even full gold. For the most natural look and feel, Dr. Elizabeth Eggert and Dr. Jeff Eggert recommend all-porcelain crowns as the strength of these materials can’t be beat and they can best match the shade of your natural teeth.

When Do You Need a Crown?

Crowns can serve several different purposes. Dental crowns can be used to:

  • Strengthen a weak tooth: If your tooth is experiencing extensive decay or has a large filling, a crown can fortify your tooth to prevent it from breaking.
  • Protect and support a cracked tooth: A cracked tooth can be quite painful, especially when chewing. If the crack is too deep, a crown can be used to prevent the crack from deepening.
  • Restore a worn-down or broken tooth: Whether your worn-down tooth is bothering you cosmetically or functionally, a crown can restore your tooth and allow you to feel and look like yourself again.
  • Hold a dental bridge in place: Crowns can serve as supporting structures for dental bridges. They are placed on the natural teeth on either side of a gap, providing support for the artificial tooth or teeth that bridge the gap.
  • Cover a severely stained or discolored tooth: If your tooth is too stained for traditional whitening, you may consider getting a crown that’s made to match the color of your smile.
  • Protect a root canal-treated tooth: After a root canal procedure, a crown is often placed over the tooth to provide strength and protection. Crowns also seal the treated tooth preventing re-infection.
  • Cover a dental implant: When dental implants are used to replace a tooth, a crown is attached to the implant in order to make sure the solution appears natural.

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Jeff Eggert or Elizebeth Eggert will evaluate your teeth and be able to determine if any of your teeth are experiencing any of the above problems and if a dental crown is the appropriate solution for you.

Benefits of a Crown

When compared to other restorative treatments, dental crowns have many benefits, including:

  1. Natural look: Porcelain crowns are very discreet, blending in and appearing just like one of your natural teeth.
  2. Protective solution: Because the entire tooth is covered, the tooth is less likely to fully fracture or split than with other restorations like veneers or fillings.
  3. Comfortable: Crowns feel very much like your own teeth, so it won’t take long to get used to.
  4. Quick process: Crowns can be fitted in just 1-2 visits.

Process of Getting a Crown

As we said above, the process of installing a crown is relatively quick. It typically takes 1-2 visits to Eggert Family Dentistry, and then you’ll be enjoying your new smile for years to come.

One Visit: When you come in for your CEREC crown, you will first be given local anesthetic so that you do not experience any discomfort. Then your tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. Once the tooth has been reshaped, we can often take a CEREC scan of your tooth and make your crown right in our office, allowing us to place it that same day. That means you can leave with your final crown after just one visit!

Two Visits: Occasionally, we are not able to take a CEREC scan, and instead we will have your crown made by a dental lab. In that case, the process will require two visits. On your first visit, a mold will be taken of your affected tooth and your surrounding teeth. We will still reshape your tooth and fit you with a temporary crown to protect it until your porcelain crown is ready. If your crown is being made at the dental lab, it takes about 2 weeks to be returned.

After your final crown has been made, you’ll come in for your second appointment to have it placed. At this appointment, the crown will be fixed to your tooth using cement to ensure it remains in place, and voila, you can enjoy your new smile! Crowns are very durable, and with proper hygiene, your new crown can last 10-15 years or longer!

Think You Need a Dental Crown? Call Eggert Family Dentistry Today

If you’re still wondering whether or not you need a dental crown, call Eggert Family Dentistry today at 651-482-8412 or simply book a recare appointment online. We would be happy to answer any questions you still have about how dental crowns can help restore the appearance and function of your natural teeth. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!