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Dental crowns are common, often painless, help restore a smile and can greatly extend the life of a tooth. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of surveyed adults said that a healthy smile is socially important to them. Dental crowns can help keep your smile healthy and bright, but how do you know when you need a dental crown?

Learn more about Dental Crowns HERE from WebMD.

Most Common Reasons for a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are basically tooth-shaped and colored caps that cover the tooth and restore the health and natural look of the tooth. A dental crown will correct the look of a tooth in a realistic way, if a tooth is small or discolored. Dental crowns are needed in certain situations – let’s look at some of the most popular reasons:

Cavities

Sometimes, small cavities can be fixed with a filling. However, fillings aren’t always a long-term solution. A dental crown is often the next step when a cavity is larger or requires something more substantial than a filling. Once a cavity enters the tooth, it is weakened and is now predisposed to additional damage. A dental crown can restore the strength and longevity to that tooth and so, it may be covered with a crown.

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Broken Tooth

Not every cracked tooth will require a dental crown, but if a crack is deep or painful, crowns are often the best solution. If someone experiences major tooth stress from clenching or grinding their teeth, for example, then dental crowns may be a solution to restore the integrity to the stressed tooth and eliminate pain.

Root Canal

If the nerve of a tooth is infected, a root canal will be required to fix it. During a root canal procedure, the tooth will be hollowed out and this makes the tooth extremely susceptible to cracking or fracturing. Often, your dentist will then use a dental crown after a root canal to protect and strengthen the weakened tooth.

Related Article: A Root Canal Treatment Isn’t Complete Without a Dental Crown 

Cosmetic Modification

Dental crowns can also fix any teeth that are small, mis-colored, or requires a cosmetic modification. This is because a dental crown looks and feels like a real tooth and can be colored to match the rest of your teeth for a natural and beautiful looking smile.

Learn more about other Cosmetic Treatment Options HERE.

Same-Day CEREC Crowns 

CEREC crowns are made for you during one single visit in our office. That means, you avoid:

  • Getting a temporary crown
  • Gooey dental impressions
  • Waiting several weeks for the lab to make your permanent crown
  • Returning for another appointment to place your crown

That’s right, one visit!

By using CEREC technology, the computer will take a picture of the tooth that is to receive the new crown and its surrounding teeth. The dentists can design your crown and match its color to the rest of your natural teeth, because of the CAD software that works with this system. This type of crown is also stronger than other types, because it is made from a single block of material. Learn more about CEREC Same Day Crown Technology.

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CEREC Crowns are Available at Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit

The CEREC system used by Dr. Caye at Premier Dental is used to create all-porcelain crowns and bridges, veneers, and fillings during one simple appointment.

Related Article: Fact or Fiction: You Can Get a CEREC Same Day Crown

Here’s what one of our patients said:

I needed a crown on a tooth that had an old filling and I had been putting it off. It started bothering me just a little, late last week. Premier Dental was able to get an appointment for me within a couple of days. I went in at 3:30PM and walked out at 5PM with the crown complete. I love the fact that they are able to take care of everything in one appointment. The crown fits perfect and there was no pain. Dr. Caye is great, I felt absolutely no pain when he went to numb me and he was very caring throughout the entire procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Caye and Premier Dental. I am planning some cosmetic work in the future.” – Karen K.

 

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

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Oral care is more essential than ever. While wearing face coverings that are to protect us from diseases and are recommended by the CDC, dentists are seeing a rise in gum disease from “mask mouth.”

Mask Mouth refers to a range of symptoms associated with wearing a face mask. The main symptom being bad breath, or halitosis. While bad breath may seem annoying and temporary, it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right. It’s important to pay attention to any warning signs or symptoms of mask mouth and take action to prevent it!

Let’s look into some helpful, preventative measures for mask mouth.

The truth behind mask mouth:

Symptoms of Mask Mouth

Bad Breath: 

One of the most common signs of mask mouth is bad breath. If you’re breathing through your mouth while wearing a mask, you’re drying out your mouth and causing bad breath. This can also cause dry lips.

Dry Mouth:

Saliva is such a great tool that our body already produces to help keep the germs out of our mouth, so when our mouth becomes dry and we lose saliva production, we build bad-breath bacteria in the mouth.

Less saliva in the mouth also means we are more prone to tooth decay and infections.  When we are wearing our mask often and experience dry mouth, we’re advancing or progressing tooth decay.

Bad breath is often a sign that something isn’t quite right. When we wear our masks, we may breathe through our mouths more and dry out our mouths. While this may not seem like an issue, when we dry out our mouths, we leave them more susceptible to bacteria growth. When bacteria grow in our mouth, we can experience things like cavities and gum disease. Saliva is a huge multitasker in our mouths and it constantly keeps bacteria at bay. When we lose saliva production, we lose our biggest bacteria fighter.

The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath. Learn More about the stinky side effects of Mask Mouth HERE.

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One-Stop Dental Shop

Why do you choose an all-inclusive resort when booking a vacation? It’s because they have it all and more. Everything you could possibly need is in one convenient location. But what do all-inclusive resorts and our dental office have in common? They’re both one-stop shops with everything you need!

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It’s here again – the holiday season is upon us. With trick-or-treating, turkey and football, and a big Christmas tree in our near futures, thinking about going to the dentist can fall to the back of our brains. It’s so easy to do, so we’re here to remind you today about the importance of getting the most out of the dental insurance you pay for. When end-of-the-year rolls around, it’s imperative to use your dental benefits and get your appointments scheduled to see your dentist.

Use it or Lose it … check out these tips to maximize your dental insurance benefits and flexible spending accounts HERE.

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Dr. Caye and his team at Premier Dental join dental practices and professionals around the country each September in celebration of National Gum Care Month. Why is gum care so important? Let’s dive in and find out!!

You may not have heard of Periodontal Disease, if you visit your dentist regularly and you haven’t – that’s probably a good sign! Periodontal Disease is also known as Gum Disease and almost 50% of adults have some form it. Here’s the scary part – if left untreated, it can lead to even more serious problems, ranging from tooth loss to heart disease.

Yes … that’s why Gum Care Month is SO IMORTANT!! However, Gum Disease can be prevented!

There are several preventative actions you can take to help avoid the onset of gum disease. We want you to be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs so, we’ve gathered some interesting information and statistics for you as well.

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Why is root canal complete with crown? When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is often the best treatment for fixing the problem and alleviating your pain. Root canals can save your teeth from further decay and dental issues. However, when a root canal is performed, the affected tooth becomes weaker.

What is the Root Canal Process?

A root canal is performed when there is an infection within the tooth. Your dentist will gain access to the center of the tooth to remove the infection, therefore stopping the infection altogether. When an infection reaches the inside, or pulp, of the tooth, it is called pulpitis.

Before a root canal, your tooth can be in severe pain, but the procedure will help remove the pain completely.

What is a root canal and what happens during treatment? Learn more HERE.

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oral-health

Toothaches, cavities, and other various dental problems can seem to be isolated to just your mouth, but the truth is, your oral health is directly tied to your body’s overall health.

When your mouth is happy and healthy, so is the rest of your body. On the flip side, when a dental problem presents itself, it could affect other systems in your body or could be an indicator of further health problems. Let’s dive more into the connection between oral health and overall health!

Related Article from the American Dental Association (ADA): The Mouth Is A Window Into The Health of The Body

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Beards, manscaping, hair gel, man caves, and self-grooming galore! In today’s world, men are taking charge of their aesthetic and their health, and dental health should be no different … that’s why we’re tackling dental health for men in this article.

Good dental health for men equals good overall health, as all parts of the body are interconnected. In fact, men are more commonly dealing with gum disease than women, making oral health even more important.

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Dear Premier Dental Family,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines, including routine dental appointments.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

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Hello Friends,

During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at the office of Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.

Dr. Caye is available for Emergency Dental Appointments. Please call 816-600-6330.

You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.

In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:

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