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A crown allows a tooth to be fully covered in order to restore, protect, or improve its appearance. A crown (or cap) may be recommended for a variety of reasons. When a tooth has a very large filling or cavity, a crown has the ability to fully cover the tooth to protect it from further damage and make it stronger. Also, if a tooth has a crack or has broken, a crown may be recommended to restore it back to its original shape and appearance. Crowns can also be used to reshape and change teeth to improve your smile.
The process of making a crown involves two steps. First, the tooth must be prepared in order for the crown to completely cover the tooth. After this is completed, the crown is made and cemented on to the tooth.
At our office we have the capability to make crowns in a single appointment or two appointments on the same day. In the past, after the initial preparation stage, a lab would make the crown requiring a temporary crown to be made. This would extend the process for a couple of weeks. At our office, with the help of our E4D (CAD/CAM) technology, we are able to complete the entire process the same day allowing us to save you the time of an extra appointment and the hassle of a temporary.
Most of our crowns are made of porcelain, enabling us to make your tooth look very natural and your smile beautiful.
To find out more about crowns, give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (alloys or gold, or in non-aesthetic areas, occasionally all metal or gold) to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, an impression is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the impression to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth. Bridges can also be extended to replace more than just one missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. At Royal Family Dentistry you will never go without any front teeth or any area that would be noticeable and uncomfortable for you. Dr. Green and her staff are committed to never asking anything of you that they wouldn’t be willing to do! When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and Dr. Green will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first day after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the esthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.
We refer root canals out but we can answer any questions you may have concerning root canals.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, our dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown, or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can’t be saved. Dr. Green does most extractions at the office; however, for more complicated cases, she will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth with decay, fractures, or cracks back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, Dr. Green will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth. A filling is then placed.
There are a variety of filling materials available including amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored). Dr. Green will work with you to determine which material is best for you and your teeth.
Composite fillings are colored to closely match the color of your existing teeth. These types of fillings create a more natural appearance than other materials and are very useful in restoring areas to provide a beautiful looking smile.
Amalgam is a silver material that is commonly used to fill teeth. It is a very durable option to restore teeth in the back of the mouth that are less noticeable. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or ask our doctor when you are in the office.
Looking for that beautiful, white smile that you see in magazines and advertisements? Veneers can make that happen. For people with chipped or misshapen teeth, veneers would make a great option. These thin covers will be fitted and adhered to your teeth to give your smile a straighter, whiter look. There are different types of veneers, and Dr. Jeanine Green Fillman will work with you to figure out what type is best for you. Give us a call today!
Dental implants are a popular way to replace missing or extracted teeth or as an anchor for dentures. They are a long term option to help provide a stable, beautiful smile. They’re made of metal (usually titanium) posts that are surgically placed into the upper and/or lower jawbones to provide an attachment for a permanent restoration such as a crown or bridge or as an anchor for a denture.
Dental implants have had a considerable impact on modern dentistry as a viable solution to replace missing teeth or anchor a denture. When used to replace teeth, they are very natural looking. To find out more about implants, give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Dentures & Denture Repairs
There are four types of dentures, including conventional, immediate, partial and overdenture.
- Conventional dentures are created after all teeth have been removed and the tissue has properly healed.
- Immediate dentures allow you to have replacement teeth immediately after having them removed. This process involves fitting your mouth for the dentures prior to removing the teeth. As your tissues begin to heal over the next several months, your denture will need to be relined so that it will fit properly for you.
- Partial Dentures replace missing teeth by connecting to your existing teeth by using different attachments and clasps. They can be made with metal and in some cases are metal-free.
- Overdentures are complete dentures that have attachments that secure into a locking attachment in your mouth, held by either retained roots (usually canines) or implants.
This is a coating used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn’t brush, but because the grooves and pits are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, so Dr. Green will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy. No anesthetic is needed while placing sealants. Sealants are very effective in preventing cavities on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, but will not prevent cavities from developing between the teeth and at the gumline. Over time sealants tend to wear but can be replaced easily.
Many people are affected with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain or irritate your gums.
If you grind your teeth, you should consider an occlusal guard. The occlusal guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort. Our dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have a night guard created to securely fit your mouth. Night guards are very durable and can be used for several years. Very heavy grinders may wear them out faster.
If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, set up an appointment with us today.
A bone graft is a procedure that usually follows after a damaged tooth is removed. It replaces and regenerates lost bone and can also restore proper facial contour.
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth without the use of the typical metal braces. Invisalign involves wearing a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners that help shift your teeth into the proper position.