Posts for tag: Crowns
Porcelain crowns have been used to restore problem teeth since at least the early 20th Century. Crown technology has gradually progressed from the early use of precious metals like gold or silver to more life-like porcelain crowns, often with a metal interior for added strength. Today, most crowns are all-porcelain, made with newer materials that not only look attractive but can endure under the pressures of daily chewing or biting.
While crowns are often part of restorations for missing teeth, they’re also commonly used to cap or fit over a viable tooth with structural or appearance problems. Here are 4 situations where a crown could improve a tooth’s form and function.
Traumatized teeth. A significant blow to the face or mouth could generate enough force to chip away or fracture a significant amount of structure from a tooth. If the root remains healthy and firmly attached within the jaw, however, a crown can replace the missing structure and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
Root canal treatments. Root canal treatments remove infected or dead tissue within a tooth’s pulp chamber, its inner core, and the root canals. The procedure rescues the tooth but can in the process significantly alter the tooth’s structure and appearance. A crown not only restores the tooth but also provides added protection against further decay or tooth fracture.
Teeth with multiple fillings. We can effectively treat cavities caused by tooth decay by filling them. But with each filling we must remove more of the decayed structure and shape the cavity to accommodate the filling. After a number of times, a tooth may not have enough structure left to support another filling. If the tooth is still viable, a crown could solve this dilemma.
Abnormally developed teeth. Teeth sometimes don’t erupt in the jaw as they should and may be only partly visible. The tooth not only looks out of place but it can’t fully function like a normal tooth. Capping an abnormally developed tooth with a crown will help normalize it and allow it to blend in with surrounding teeth.
If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
There are many reasons why one may require a dental crown in order to restore their tooth. Your McDonough, GA dentist, Dr. Robert Brooks from Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, can examine each patient and determine whether or not a crown will remedy their particular dental problems.
More about Crowns
A large filling may be one reason for a crown. When a tooth has a cavity or a break, it needs to be covered with a crown. This is because the remaining portion of the tooth around the large filling is weak and will keep breaking. Sometimes a large filling will need to be replaced with a crown that shows signs of cracks around the filling.
A root canal is another reason for a dental crown. This dental treatment leaves the tooth hollowed out and makes the tooth prone to cracking. A crown is immediately needed after this procedure to prevent the tooth from further damage.
Excessive wear of the teeth such as those who grind their teeth may lead to the need for a dental crown. The teeth gradually become shorter over time. They also can wear away due to acid erosion as a result of your diet. In these instances, your McDonough dentist can use crowns to help restore the teeth and their function in a patient’s mouth.
Crowns are created by impressions taken of the patient’s teeth. Your dentist then determines the shade of the teeth to help the lab to make a crown that matches the rest of the teeth. A temporary crown is put into place until the permanent one is made. The permanent crown is placed on the tooth and inspected for proper fit and bite.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA to discuss what crowns can do for your teeth, call 678-583-0330 today.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â 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.Â 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.”
That’s a question worth asking Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA.
If you live in McDonough and are facing root canal therapy, tooth extraction, or are missing teeth, crowns and bridges might be options you want to investigate.
Crowns and bridges are both permanent prosthetic dental devices. A crown, also known as a cap, is a tooth-like device that covers a damaged tooth. It is usually made of ceramic, porcelain, resin, or stainless steel. A crown procedure usually takes more than one visit to your McDonough dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will analyze your situation and prepare the tooth for a crown. That preparation will probably involve some alteration, either filing down of the tooth or adding filling so that it can support a crown. Your McDonough dentist will then take an impression of your teeth so that a laboratory can create a permanent crown for you. Finally, your McDonough dentist will attach a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready; it will be permanently attached during your next visit.
A bridge is used to fill a space caused by a missing tooth or teeth. With bridgework, your McDonough dentist will likely need to do the procedure in more than one visit; the procedure will be similar to a crown procedure. The dentist will need to assess your situation and prepare the two teeth to which the permanent bridge will be attached. This usually involves reduction of the tooth to fit crowns to which your McDonough dentist will anchor the bridge. The dentist may give you a temporary removable prosthesis to use while your permanent bridge is being made. During the second visit, your McDonough dentist will permanently attach your bridge.
Like crowns, bridges are custom-manufactured to your particular needs.
Both procedures are among the most common, safest, and effective dental procedures done today.
If you are seeking the services of a qualified dentist in McDonough, consider contacting Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. For more information call 678-583-0330.