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By Phil Hart, DDS
September 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Dental crowns are an essential means for restoring damaged or unattractive teeth. A well-crafted crown not only functions well, it looks and blends seamlessly with the rest of the natural teeth.

Crowns are artificial caps that cover an entire visible tooth, often used for heavily decayed or damaged teeth or as added protection after a root canal treatment. Most crowns are produced by a dental lab, but some dentists are now creating them in-office with computer-based milling equipment. On the whole, the various crowns now available function adequately as teeth—but they can vary in their appearance quality.

In the early to mid 20th Century the all-metal crown was the standard; but while durable, it could be less than eye-pleasing. Although more life-like dental porcelain existed at the time, it tended to be brittle and could easily shatter under chewing stress.

Dentists then developed a crown that combined the strength of metal with the attractiveness of porcelain: the porcelain fused to metal or PFM crown. The PFM crown had a hollow, metal substructure that was cemented over the tooth. To this metal base was fused an outer shell of porcelain that gave the crown an attractive finish.

The PFM reigned as the most widely used crown until the mid 2000s. By then improved forms of porcelain reinforced with stronger materials like Lucite had made possible an all-ceramic crown. They’re now the most common crown used today, beautifully life-like yet durable without the need for a metal base.

All-ceramics may be the most common type of crown installed today, but past favorites’ metal and PFM are still available and sometimes used. So depending on the type and location of the tooth and your own expectations, there’s a right crown for you.

However, not all crowns even among all-ceramic have the same level of aesthetic quality or cost—the more life-like, the more expensive. If you have dental insurance, your plan’s benefits might be based on a utilitarian but less attractive crown. You may have to pay more out of pocket for the crown you and your dentist believe is best for you.

Whatever you choose, though, your modern dental crown will do an admirable, functional job. And it can certainly improve your natural tooth’s appearance.

If you would like more information on dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Phil Hart, DDS
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   restorative dentistry   CEREC  

Along with anxiety, fear, and concerns about cost, lack of time and being too busy is one of the main reasons many crownspeople give for skipping a visit to the dentist. In addition to living with treatable cosmetic imperfections that can take a toll on an otherwise healthy smile, foregoing regular dental screenings and treatment by a dentist poses a serious risk to oral health in the long term. But in many cases, it is cosmetic imperfections like chips, cracks, spacing, stains and discoloration that can negatively affect a smile over time.

Cosmetic dental crowns are one of the most effective and affordable restorations available for fixing a damaged smile. Dr. Phillip W. Hart, a dentist in Bartlett, TN, offers same-day crowns to help meet the needs of busy patients with little time to spare.

Fix Your Smile Quickly with Same-day Crowns in Bartlett, TN

Crowns are one of the most versatile dental restorations available. In addition to fixing common cosmetic issues like broken or uneven teeth, crowns also play a vital role in helping to preserve severely decayed teeth after treatment. For cavities that are too large to fill with a standard dental filling, a dentist can use a crown to save the remaining healthy portion of the tooth from extraction. Same-day crowns offer all of the benefits of traditional crowns in a fraction of the time, including:

  • Symptom relief (such as pain and sensitivity from a damaged tooth)
  • Cosmetic improvement - walk out of the dentist's office with a new and improved smile in a single visit
  • Convenient and affordable

Find a Dentist in Bartlett, TN

A busy schedule no longer has to stand in the way of a beautiful, complete smile. For more information on how same-day crowns work and whether they are the right option for you, contact the office of Phillip W. Hart, D.D.S. Family Dentistry by calling (901) 386-9299 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart today.

By Phil Hart, DDS
November 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Crowns  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

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


Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Phillip W. Hart D.D.S.
January 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Many people consider dental work a nuisance. A missing tooth is a missing tooth, they believe, and that is that. However, did you know that a missing tooth actually causes more harm to your mouth once it is gone? Crowns and bridges can fill the gaps left from missing teeth, providing you with a happy, healthy smile.Crowns

What are crowns and bridges? 
Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap made from porcelain which fits over a broken, cracked, filled or otherwise compromised tooth. The crown strengthens and stabilizes the tooth, restoring functionality. If a tooth breaks down to the root, it oftentimes must be extracted. Crowns keep that from happening. Bridges fill the gap left behind from a missing tooth. Crowns can also be used to secure permanent fixed bridges. Crowns on either side of a prosthetic tooth create a bridge across the gap, where the prosthetic tooth sits. Crown-supported bridges are non-removable and permanent. Additionally, crowns may cover a dental implant, which replaces the tooth’s root.

Should I consider crowns and bridges? 
If you have a weakened tooth, whether from a large filling or breakage, you can benefit from a dental crown. Dentists’ number one focus in restorative dental work is saving your natural tooth. Crowns restore strength and stability to the tooth and help you avoid losing the tooth altogether. If you are already missing a tooth, a bridge reduces the chance of bone loss due to lack of stimulation. Additionally, a bridge keeps the surrounding teeth from moving to compensate for the missing tooth.

Caring for Your Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are made to last. With proper care, your crowns or bridges should last for upwards of 20 years without needing any repairs or maintenance. However, these dental appliances require diligent care. Brushing and flossing twice a day knocks away decay-causing plaque and tartar. If you have a bridge, special flossers threaded underneath the bridge clean the gums and underside of the bridge itself. Twice a year appointments with your dentist ensures we catch any problems that may arise before they develop into more serious issues.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Phil Hart, DDS in Bartlett, TN. Call (901) 386-9299 to schedule your appointment for a consultation.