Put a Cap On It: Dental Crown FAQs

dental crown frequently asked questions

Do you have that one tooth that just doesn’t want to play along with the others? Maybe it’s a different shape, a different color or just too sensitive? At Blue Ash Dental Group, we provide you with simple solutions to nagging problems.

What is a Dental Crown?

 A dental crown is a tooth-like cap cemented to a tooth that is need of strengthening, reshaping or cosmetic improvement. With a crown, the original tooth (or partial tooth if cracked or broken) remains along with the dental root. The purpose of a crown would be to give your troubled tooth the boost it needs to function and appear as a healthy tooth. It can protect a weak tooth, give a full shape to a damaged tooth, or cover up a tooth that is discolored or misshapen.

Dental crowns can be made to resemble your permanent teeth (ceramic, porcelain, resin, etc.) or can add some sparkle (and less wear and tear) to your smile with metal or stainless steel.

What Is Involved in the Procedure?

The initial visit regarding your dental crown involves preparing the tooth for the procedure and deciding on the style cap that’s perfect for you. Ensuring that your natural tooth will accept a bonding with an artificial cap may require filing or filling. A mold of this prepared tooth base will be taken and used to fabricate your dental crown. You leave our office with a temporary crown and return once your custom crown is ready for placement.

Is a Dental Crown Painful?

With any restorative dentistry, mild discomfort is to be expected. During the preparation of your tooth, you will benefit from local anesthesia (novocaine) during any filing or drilling required. After the placement of your new crown, you may experience some tenderness at the gums. The most common challenge is getting used to your newly structured tooth.

How Do I Care for My Dental Crown?

Your new crown is now a part of your mouth so it needs to be treated as well as the other occupants if it is to last the average span of 5 to 15 years. Disciplined brushing and flossing is mandatory, especially to ensure healthy gums at the base of your cap. It’s also recommended to avoid too many hard or abrasive foods as they can wear down the crown more easily than a natural tooth, leading to a replacement sooner than typically expected.

We Tip Our Cap to You

Give us a call today to explore your restorative options. We accept most dental insurance so check your plan to see if we are a preferred provider.

Keeping It Clean: Teeth Cleaning and Hygiene

teeth cleaning and dental hygiene

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we start with the basics. Routine dental cleanings and good oral hygiene are the foundations of a healthy and amazing smile. Regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist will help keep your teeth biting for a lifetime. And in the event of a dental misfortune, we are right here with you offering you the options available to get the most out of your pearly whites.

How to Make the Most of Your Visit

 Come prepared. The everyday care of your teeth is paramount. While professional cleaning and hygiene is required to help prevent oral disease, consistent brushing and flossing is your job. During your visit, we can review the best practices in brushing including which type of brush and toothpaste is best for your gums and enamel. We can also provide tips to get the most out of your flossing habits without feeling labored by the process. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and brushing immediately after consuming sugary foods are additional ways you can make the most of your regularly scheduled cleanings.

What to Expect at Your Visit

Even with proper dental home care, a thorough cleaning and exam by a dental team is still necessary. Visiting Blue Ash Dental twice a year will ensure those hard-to-reach spots are being cared for properly. And when plaque turns to tartar (which it strives to do!), only professional tools can remove this calcification before it evolves into gum disease.

We start with an evaluation of your oral health including questions about any challenges you’re encountering in your dental care. A gentle and meticulous cleaning, flossing and x-rays follow. Our hygienist will discuss your visit so far with our dentist and any additional recommended procedures will be reviewed.

Cost of Care

We accept most insurance at Blue Ash Dental. For those with insurance, we offer new patients a free power toothbrush during their new patient visit. For those without insurance, we will be offering the cleaning, exam, and x-rays for $99 (restrictions apply). We also offer convenient online payment options.

Come & Meet Our Cincinnati Team

 Blue Ash Dental has been serving the tri-state area for over 30 years. At our new state-of-the-art office at 4815 Cooper Road, our team of professional dentists and their full support staff are committed to quality, family-friendly dental care. Contact us today. Let us be your partner in good oral health.

Solea® Laser: Needle Free, Drill Free Dentistry

Solea® Laser: Needle Free, Drill Free Dentistry

According to the American Dental Association® (ADA), 22% of adults do not visit the dentist out of fear – fear of pain, fear of drills, fear of needles.  At Blue Ash Dental, we specialize in a cutting-edge laser technology called Solea®, the first CO2 dental laser cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue procedures. With Solea® dental laser, you will experience virtually no pain, no noise, and no needle. Sit back and enjoy the sweet sound of silence.

How Does the Solea® Dental Laser Work?

A laser is a unique and narrow light source often used in cutting, drilling, surgery, holography, and the reading of coded information such as UPCs and compact discs. The precision and wavelength of a laser allow it to deliver results with exacting precision and speed. In the world of dental lasers, this source is used in the place of drills and extracting tools. Solea® is a dental laser using an oxygen-18 isotope which evaporates tooth enamel and provides a clean cut to soft tissue.

The Benefits of Solea®

As if pain-free, drill-free, needle-free wasn’t benefited enough, the use of Solea® laser dentistry provides you with another valuable bonus: your time. The amount of preparation for local anesthetics, sterilization of multiple tools and everyone’s favorite part – waiting to get numb! – are practically eliminated with the use of the Solea® dental laser.

Also, dental insurance policies code laser dentistry the same as traditional drilling. If your plan covers drill work, it will cover Solea®.

More Than Just Drilling

The science behind the Solea® dental laser allows use for hard tissue AND soft tissue procures. The laser technology can be used for gingivectomy surgery, the removal of oral lesions and other soft tissues procedures with minimal bleeding and need for sutures.

Visit Us for the Solea® Difference

At Blue Ash Dental, we pride ourselves on providing an alternative to needles and drills. By offering Solea® laser dentistry, we can decrease our patients’ discomfort and increase their commitment to frequent visits to our office. Speaking of visits, schedule yours today.

Please welcome Dr. Sama Alkalaf!

We have great news! We have added a new dentist to our family here at Blue Ash Dental Group. Her name is Dr. Sama Alkalaf.

Dr. Alkalaf is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and comes from a family of dentists. Her dental career started as a dental assistant working in her hometown, where she discovered a passion for dentistry and patient care. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Miami University and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Upon her graduation from dental school, Dr. Alkalaf completed advanced training in a general practice residency program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She furthered her cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign training in Manhattan for the past few years, before returning to her home state of Ohio. She is dedicated to developing personal relationships with her patients and ensuring they receive the highest quality of care. She prioritizes patient comfort and encourages preventative care. Dr. Alkalaf is currently a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentist, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys cooking, traveling, yoga, and photography in her free time.

Yes you read that right. Dr. Alkalaf also does Invisalign! If you’re interested in Invisalign, please give us a call at our office to get scheduled to meet with Dr. Alkalaf.

The good news keeps on coming! We will soon be open on Fridays! Yes! Starting October 12th, we will be open from 8am to 2pm on Fridays.

Please give us a call to schedule your appointment! 513-891-8555 We look forward to seeing you!