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By Sitnik Dental
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
4SituationsWhereaCrownCouldImproveanExistingTooth

Porcelain crowns have been used to restore problem teeth since at least the early 20th Century. Crown technology has gradually progressed from the early use of precious metals like gold or silver to more life-like porcelain crowns, often with a metal interior for added strength. Today, most crowns are all-porcelain, made with newer materials that not only look attractive but can endure under the pressures of daily chewing or biting.

While crowns are often part of restorations for missing teeth, they’re also commonly used to cap or fit over a viable tooth with structural or appearance problems. Here are 4 situations where a crown could improve a tooth’s form and function.

Traumatized teeth. A significant blow to the face or mouth could generate enough force to chip away or fracture a significant amount of structure from a tooth. If the root remains healthy and firmly attached within the jaw, however, a crown can replace the missing structure and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.

Root canal treatments. Root canal treatments remove infected or dead tissue within a tooth’s pulp chamber, its inner core, and the root canals. The procedure rescues the tooth but can in the process significantly alter the tooth’s structure and appearance. A crown not only restores the tooth but also provides added protection against further decay or tooth fracture.

Teeth with multiple fillings. We can effectively treat cavities caused by tooth decay by filling them. But with each filling we must remove more of the decayed structure and shape the cavity to accommodate the filling. After a number of times, a tooth may not have enough structure left to support another filling. If the tooth is still viable, a crown could solve this dilemma.

Abnormally developed teeth. Teeth sometimes don’t erupt in the jaw as they should and may be only partly visible. The tooth not only looks out of place but it can’t fully function like a normal tooth. Capping an abnormally developed tooth with a crown will help normalize it and allow it to blend in with surrounding teeth.

If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”


A damaged tooth can take a toll on the aesthetic value of your mouth and the functionality of your mouth, causing issues which can affect dental crownseating, chewing or even speaking. However, a dental crown may be able to restore your smile and allow your teeth to function properly. Learn more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile with Dr. Igor Sitnik at Sitnik Dental in Salem, OR.

Can a dental crown help my smile? 
Dental crowns can help you in many situations, from restoring a broken tooth to holding a dental bridge in place. Additionally, crowns can replace a tooth as part of a dental implant, stabilize a tooth with a large filling or even restore the biting surface of a worn tooth. Your dentist can help you determine that a dental crown is the best treatment option for you at a dental examination.

What can I expect from the dental crown process? 
Crowns require two separate steps to complete. A dental laboratory customizes each crown specifically to the patient’s mouth, ensuring a natural look and fit. However, this process takes about two weeks, meaning that you will need one appointment before and one after the laboratory completes your restoration. At your first appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to give to the dental laboratory and prepare your tooth to receive the crown. The second appointment will take place about two weeks later. Your dentist will place the crown and ensure a secure bond between your tooth and the restoration.

Dental Crowns in Salem, OR
Dental crowns are suitable in many situations, meaning that the ideal candidate for a crown may vary. Overall, patients should be in good dental and general health, with no decay or gum disease on or around the affected tooth. Caring for a dental crown is as easy as caring for the natural teeth, with brushing twice daily and flossing at least once. Additionally, patients should see their dentist once every six months to ensure their crown and natural teeth stay clean and healthy.

For more information on dental crowns or what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Sitnik at Sitnik Dental in Salem, OR. Call (503) 363-5962 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sitnik today!


By Sitnik Dental
August 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
InTodaysNFLOralHygieneTakesCenterStage

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.