Posts for tag: Crowns
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.”
What’s So Great about CEREC Dental Crowns? The benefits of CEREC dental crowns.
You’ve been told you need a crown to fix a tooth with a huge broken metal filling. You can’t decide if you want a gold crown, porcelain fused to metal or pure porcelain crown. The problem that bothers you most is how long it will take to get the crown, at least two appointments. Plus in the meantime, you are stuck wearing a temporary crown. You just don’t know what to do. It’s time to try a CEREC crown, created at Dunkling and Penney Dentistry, with two offices in Jericho and Burlington, Vermont to serve your needs.
Typically, when you need a crown, you have an initial appointment where your tooth is prepared to receive the crown. Molds are taken of your teeth and sent off to the dental laboratory where technicians create your crown. Your crown is shipped back to the office, and it is permanently cemented on your tooth at a second appointment. The problem is how long it takes, and you are left wearing an undesirable temporary crown while you wait.
CEREC crowns are the result of a unique one-visit technique to provide you with a beautiful new porcelain crown, right in the office! CEREC crowns are made with a computer assisted technology known as “CAD-CAM” which designs and also manufactures your crown to exact specifications. The crown fits perfectly the first time, and the best part is, it’s made right in the office, instead of at a dental laboratory. This is good news for you! You don’t have to wait to receive your beautiful porcelain crown, and you don’t have to wear an ugly, poorly fitting temporary crown!
So, if you want to save time and the discomfort of wearing a temporary crown, CEREC is the system for you. CEREC crowns are beautiful and will give you a sparkling smile quickly and easily. Don’t see just any dentist; see a CEREC expert like the professionals at Dunkling and Penney Dentistry, in Jericho and Burlington, Vermont. Call today and be on your way to a sparkling new smile with CEREC!
Dentists’ number one goal in restorative dental work is to save your natural teeth. In certain cases, a dental crown can restore functionality to an unstable tooth. Damaged, broken or missing teeth are revitalized with dental crowns and bridges. Teeth with large fillings, such as from a root canal procedure, can also benefit from dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap-like dental appliance that fits over a tooth. Crowns are usually used in cases of cracked, broken or heavily decayed teeth and restore functionality to the tooth. Additionally, crowns are often used after root canal therapy.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge utilizes the same technology as a dental crown. However, dental bridges bridge the gap between two teeth. A dental laboratory creates a custom-made dental appliance that has two crowns on either end. Between the crowns is a prosthetic tooth which replaces your missing tooth. The natural teeth around the gap are shaped to fit the crowns, and the bridge is fitted to the teeth.
How do crowns and bridges work?
The procedures for crowns and bridges usually span between two appointments. At the first appointment, the teeth in question must be reshaped to accommodate the crown. The teeth are shaved into the shape of the crown to make room for width. Shaping the tooth also ensures that the crown fits perfectly around the tooth. A dental laboratory receives a mold of your mouth, and a technician creates the custom-made crown. A second appointment is scheduled once your dentist receives the crown from the dental lab. At this visit, your crown is fitted and placed onto the tooth. Dental cement anchors the crown to the tooth. Your dentist then uses a special light to harden and set the cement.
How do I care for my dental crown?
Caring for a crown is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Exceptional at-home care includes brushing and flossing twice daily. If a bridge was placed, you should use special flossers to threaded underneath the area where your tooth was missing. This ensures that decay-causing plaque and tartar do not build up under or around your bridge.
If you are in need of dental crowns, Dunkling and Penney Dentistry in Burlington, VT can help. Please call (802) 863-3479 to schedule your appointment today.