Posts for tag: crowns

Have you ever been told you need a "crown" for your teeth? Are you confused why you may need a crown for your tooth? There are many reasons why a crown be necessary but the dentist is likely recommending a crown for one(or more) of the following reasons...

1. Crack in the tooth(may or may not cause sensitivity). Sensitivity can in the form of hot/cold and/or bite sensitivity.

2. Tooth decay(cavity) around a tooth. Large decay around an untouched tooth or decay around an existing filling can both be reasons. If the tooth has never been worked on..then it will depend on how and where the decay is.

3. Tooth has been root canal treated. More common in back teeth but also seen on front teeth. All back teeth that have needed a root canal ABSOLUTELY need a crown!

4. Severely malpositioned, misaligned or discolored tooth. These are obvious more "esthetic" reasons vs the reasons above which are more "functional reasons".

4. Tooth that has large filling on a patient that grinds their teeth at night or clenches their teeth during the day. Teeth with very large fillings are much more likely to fracture.

5. An existing crown that has fractured(such as the porcelain) or has new tooth decay around the crown.

While these are only a couple reasons why we recommend crowns, its important to ask your dentist what a crown is, why you need a crown, the benefits of a crown and certainly the consequences of NOT getting a crown.


Happy Crowning!


By drglasmeier
February 06, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

What is chairside veneer? A tooth colored facing that can be bonded to the tooth to improve the esthetics of a tooth. Whether an old discolored filling, small chip or slightly crooked tooth, a chairside veneer can be placed over the existing tooth with immediate esthetics!

How is it different from a traditional porcelain veneer? There is no lab bill so the cost is reduced significantly and you get immediate results. There is very minimal prepping(drilling) of the tooth and no impressions or temporaries. Chairside veneers are easier to repair.

Do I need to have my teeth drilled or do I need shots? To get the most esthetic outcome, the answer is typically yes but in certain circumstances(position of the teeth) you can get the veneers without numbing or drilling. It is typically determined on a case to case basis.

Can I get chairside veneers if I grind my teeth? Yes you can because the facing is bonded to the front of the tooth. The front of the tooth does not participate in biting so they are safer from “grinders and clenchers”.

What is the approximate cost of a chairside veneer? Cost is ~ ½ the cost of a porcelain lab veneer which is around $600-800/veneer.


How long do chairside veneer last? Much like fillings and traditional veneers, chairside veneers should last around 6-8 years assuming good hygiene and regular checkups.


Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about Chairside veneers!