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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!