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December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how crowns can easily restore and improve the health of a crowns

Are you dealing with a tooth that has been cracked or chipped? Have you just recently undergone root canal therapy? Are you tired of looking at a malformed or severely discolored tooth? If you are dealing with any of these problems our Pocono, PA, dentists Dr. Jeffrey Wert and Dr. Thomas Hart are here to tell you how dental crowns could help.

You Have a Cracked or Fractured Tooth

While teeth are extremely resilient this doesn’t mean that they can’t still become damaged over time. Whether bad habits like teeth grinding have worn your teeth down over the years or you were hit in the face while playing sports, there are many scenarios that can leave a tooth damaged. To prevent further damage to the tooth the best option is to buff out the crack or fracture, prep the tooth, and place a crown to protect it.

You are Getting Root Canal Therapy

In some instances, decay or an infection can become so widespread that it actually is able to penetrate through the enamel and harm the dental pulp inside. When this happens the only option is to have our Pocono, PA, general dentists remove the infected pulp.

Not only will removing the pulp get rid of the throbbing, miserable pain you are experiencing, but also this treatment can preserve your natural tooth. Of course, to ensure that the tooth is fully functional and strong again, we will need to place a dental crown over the treated tooth.

You Have a Severely Malformed or Discolored Tooth

In some cases, a dental crown may be used to enhance and improve the look, shape and color of a tooth. While there are other options out there to cosmetically enhance a tooth, if you have a tooth that needs a significant makeover and could also benefit from the restorative and strengthening properties of a crown then this might just end up being the best way to boost the appearance of a tooth and give you a more attractive smile.

You Need to Replace a Missing Tooth

It’s amazing to think that even dental crowns can be used to help you get your full smile back. If you are dealing with tooth loss you have a couple different options. No matter whether you choose a dental implant or a dental bridge, crowns are instrumental for both of these oral prosthetics. Crowns can be used to stabilize and support a dental bridge (to replace one or more missing teeth in a row) or a crown can be used to cover a dental implant to replace a single tooth.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns in Pocono, PA? Are you ready to find out whether this or another restoration could better the health and function of your smile? If so, then it’s time to call Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert & Associates.

August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Chips and cracks can weaken your teeth and increase the risk of fractures. In Tannersville and Pocono, PA, dentists Dr. Jeffrey Wert and dental crownsDr. Thomas Hart explain how dental crowns can protect your fragile teeth.

Crowns strengthen weak teeth

If you examine a dental crown closely, you'll notice that it looks just like a natural tooth with one important difference. Unlike natural teeth, crowns aren't solid. They're hollow in the middle, which enables them to easily slip over a weak tooth after it's been prepared. Once the crown is in place, it provides superior protection that greatly reduces the risk of a fracture.

Crowns prevent fractures by absorbing chewing forces that can worsen cracks or chips and cause your tooth to break. Several strong materials, including porcelain, resin, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, are used to make crowns.

Crowns help prevent tooth decay

A cracked tooth not only increases the risk of a fracture but may also play a role in cavity formation. Bacteria can enter your tooth and cause tooth decay if your crack isn't covered by a crown. If decay isn't treated quickly, it can even infect or inflame your tooth's pulp, resulting in the need for a root canal.

Crowns are a versatile restoration option

In some cases, a crack can progress to a fracture before you have time to visit our Tannersville or Pocono. If a fracture does occur, a crown will restore the tooth, ensuring that you can bite and chew again.

Cracks aren't the only reason teeth weaken. They may also become more fragile due to certain dental procedures, such as root canal therapy, or might become brittle as you age. No matter what the cause, a crown will help protect your teeth. They're also a good choice if you're concerned about cosmetic issues, such as discolorations, bumps, pits or short teeth. Do you have a tooth or two that doesn't blend in with the rest of your smile? Once you slip a crown over a crooked or twisted tooth, your smile will be transformed.

Don't let cracks and chips ruin your smile. Call our Tannersville and Pocono, PA, dentists Dr. Wert and Dr. Hart at to find out if a crown is a good choice for your dental problem.

By Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert & Associates
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged or broken teeth are never an enjoyable experience. However, they are treatable conditions with the help of your dentist. In dental crownsfact, your dentist can help you repair your tooth and make it appear as though it were as good as new, blending into your smile seamlessly. Dental crowns are versatile and can help dentists perform many tasks. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Jeffrey Wert, Dr. Jeremy Olen and Dr. Thomas Hart in Tannersville, PA, and serving the Pocono, PA area.

What can a dental crown do for my smile? 
Thanks to its design and versatility, dental crowns can help your smile in various ways. However, your dentist is the best source of information as to if a dental crown is your best dental option. Dentists use crowns in several scenarios, including to:

  • stabilize a tooth after a large filling, like a root canal
  • improve the appearance of an unsightly, oddly-shaped or discolored tooth
  • cover a dental implant as a tooth replacement option
  • hold a dental bridge in place as a tooth replacement option
  • repair a broken or cracked tooth
  • strengthen a damaged tooth

Why is a dental crown important? 
Dental crowns protect the tooth underneath while allowing the tooth to retain its natural structure. Often, your treatment options in situations such as severe decay may come down to extracting the tooth altogether, leaving behind a gap, and preserving the tooth with a root canal, then using a dental crown over the tooth to protect it. While extraction may seem like the more simple option, extraction leaves behind a gap in your smile, causing bone atrophy which could lead to other side effects like sagging facial skin or premature aging. A dental crown can protect the tooth’s natural structure, allowing its roots to stay intact and decreasing chances of bone atrophy.

Dental Crowns in Tannersville and the Pocono area
If you think you could benefit from a dental crown, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the best treatment for you. To learn more about dental crowns, please contact Dr. Wert, Dr. Olen and Dr. Hart in Tannersville, PA, and serving the Pocono, PA, area. Call (570) 629-1570 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert & Associates
August 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Always wanted to know a little more about these dental restorations? Well now you can!

No matter whether you are getting a dental crown from our Tannersville and Pocono, PA dentists--Dr. Jeffrey Wert, Dr. Jeremy Olen and Dr. Thomas Hart--or you’re just interested in dentistry, there is always more to learn about your dental care so that you can also make Crownsinformed decisions about your health. Plus, dental crowns actually are interesting restorations that can improve your smile. Here are just some fun facts about dental crowns.

Humble Beginnings

While you may think that dental crowns are a more modern dental restoration, you may be surprised to hear that they’ve actually been around for centuries. While crowns have certainly had a few makeovers over the years, the Etruscans were believed to be the first to create dental crowns back in 700 BC (the first porcelain crowns are believed to have been created in the mid-1800s).

Of course when you get a dental crown from our Tannersville and Pocono general dentist, you’ll be getting a much more modern and realistic-looking crown than anything you could ever get centuries ago.

Still Require Care

Even though your crown isn’t a real tooth structure and isn’t prone to cavities it will still need to be cared for just like a real tooth. In fact, you will need to brush and floss the tooth just like you will the rest of your smile to prevent plaque and foods particles from building up. After all, the last thing you want to deal with is a damaged or failed crown.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Even if you opt for a metal amalgam crown over porcelain you may get a couple more years of life out of your restoration, but dental crowns aren’t designed to last forever. They can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or even longer, depending on how well you care for them, but at some point they will need to be replaced.

Whitening Won’t Work

If you have started to notice that your dental crown isn’t quite as vibrant at it used to be, you may be wondering if teeth whitening could boost your smile and your restoration. Unfortunately, professional teeth whitening is only designed to work on natural tooth enamel and not on artificial dental work. In this case, our Tannersville and Pocono restorative dentist can replace your dental crown with a newer, whiter one to match the rest of your whitened smile.

Change Your Diet

Even though dental crowns are very resilient, there are still certain foods you will want to avoid if you want to protect it from damage. This includes hard, sticky foods and chewing gum. We would be happy to talk to you about which foods are on the enjoy and avoid lists after getting a dental crown.

Have questions about getting dental crowns? Need to schedule your next visit? Then turn to Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert & Associates in Tannersville and Pocono, PA today.

By Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert & Associates
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

How dental crowns can improve your teeth

Dental crowns have become state-of-the-art. New materials and techniques have made dental crowns the go-to solution for badly damaged or broken teeth. They can also improve a less-than-perfect dull smile or a smile filled with huge, unsightly metal fillings. Your Crowns cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey Wert and Associates Family Dentistry in Pocono, Pennsylvania want to introduce you to the benefits of dental crowns and what they can do for you.

Not too many years ago, if you had a tooth that was broken or badly damaged, it would be repaired with a massive, often ugly amalgam (silver) filling. If you were lucky, the filling would last a few years without breaking, but more often it would break and take a piece of tooth with it, leaving your tooth weaker than it was before. The filling placement in the middle of the tooth can sometimes weaken the tooth, instead of making it stronger.

Your cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey Wert and Associates Family Dentistry want you to know that when a crown is placed on your tooth, it actually strengthens it. The crown forms a strong, protective cap on your tooth, supporting it against strong chewing forces and trauma.

Dental crowns are a great option to protect and restore damaged teeth, but you can also benefit because of their cosmetically beautiful qualities. They can be used to enhance and rejuvenate an aging, dull smile, or teeth that are uneven or crooked.

Different materials are available for dental crowns, depending on your needs, whether cosmetic or to repair your teeth. Your cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey Wert and Associates Family Dentistry can introduce you to the different options of dental crowns and discuss which option might be best for you.

If you are looking for strength and function, generally a full gold crown is an excellent option for back teeth, because of the compressive (chewing) strength of the gold. For teeth that show when you smile, porcelain can be fused to the gold to provide a natural-looking smile.

If you are looking for a cosmetically beautiful option, you simply can’t do better than the look of a full porcelain crown. Porcelain has a translucent quality you can’t get with other materials. Porcelain crowns will look completely natural and completely beautiful.

Dental crowns are the best option to repair and protect badly damaged teeth, but they can also enhance the look of your smile. Don’t see just anyone. You owe it to yourself to seek out the help of a cosmetic dentistry expert like your cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey Wert and Associates Family Dentistry in Pocono, Pennsylvania. Call today and find out what they can do for you.