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Tooth Restorations: How Dental Crowns Can Help

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Dental crowns serve many varied purposes, such as salvaging broken teeth, cosmetic enhancements and many purposes in between.

When a tooth has suffered from decay and another filling is going to put the tooth at risk, a crown can be placed over the base of the tooth allowing to save the tooth with a restoration that so closely resembles neighboring teeth it will be virtually undetectable. This same application works for a tooth that has been cracked or broken.

When infection or trauma results in the need for endodontic therapy (root canal), the final step in this procedure is very often the placing of a crown to seal the access point on the treated tooth.

Tooth loss can be overwhelming no matter the reason. While there are many different procedures to replace lost teeth, the one that most closely resembles restoring your biological teeth is with dental implants.

One or more titanium implants are embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Over time as the surgical area is healing, bone is adhering to the implant(s) providing a solid base for the protective covering that will be permanently affixed. A restoration much like a crown will be cemented over the implant(s). [pullquote]These restorations are made to look like surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color.[/pullquote]

These restorations are made to look like surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color. You will be able to eat all the foods you love, speak clearly, and smile with renewed self-confidence as you enjoy a return to life as you lived it before tooth loss.

Dental crowns are also used as anchors to permanently attach dental fixtures like partials or bridges. Patients wishing to have a fixed unit (one that is permanently cemented in place) will have the abutment teeth (the ones on either side of missing units) prepped for crowns.

The bridge will be fabricated with crowns on both ends and the pontic (replacement tooth) in between. Our dentist will have provided the dental lab with dental impressions, as well as specific instructions, so the restoration will fit correctly and blend with neighboring teeth.

The beauty of all of these applications is the crown becomes permanent, and with proper care, should last for many years. Caring for your crown is the same as for your natural teeth; daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular visits to the dentist should allow your restoration to serve you well.

For more information or to set up a consultation, contact our skilled dental team today.

 

Brushing and Flossing Do More Than Just Clean Teeth

dentist Cypress TXEver wonder why your dentist always reminds you to floss at every dental appointment? While we should not need the nudge to brush with a fluoridated tooth paste every day, there are more advantages to brushing and flossing than just keeping your teeth looking great.

Brushing with the correct tooth brush the right way will help to preserve healthy gum tissue. A soft bristle brush and moderate brushing action is important as scrubbing with a hard bristle brush can lead to premature damage to dental enamel and gums. An electronic tooth brush makes great sense for patients of all ages.

Flossing every day helps to remove food particles your tooth brush did not reach. If not removed promptly, this debris can harden on teeth allowing plaque to build. Plaque build-up is the primary cause for dental decay and the onset of gum disease.

Plaque is particularly problematic for areas in the mouth where teeth are not perfectly straight. Of particular concern are those spots between crooked teeth where brushing alone may not be sufficient to help prevent bacteria from building leading to plaque forming on teeth, especially at the gum line.

Reducing dental plaque is important to dental health. Even the most diligent person may not be able to keep some plaque from forming on teeth; and the only way to remove established plaque is with a visit to the dentist for hygiene care. That is why consistent professional dental care is so important. In addition to the advantages of a dental cleaning, the exam received allows potential problems to be resolved before they have a chance to escalate into costly and time consuming repair.

Research is ongoing that links dental health to overall health. Patients with chronic illnesses like heart disease and diseases of the immune system like diabetes are much more likely to suffer from dental problems such as gum disease. This makes the care extended to our oral health even more critical.

Taking proper care of teeth and gums starts when we are children; following the proper daily dental regimen and keeping regular visits to the dentist may not only allow you to have a great smile, but can help to maintain your biological teeth for life.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866.