Posts for: April, 2016
While there are countless dental procedures for countless dental problems, saving the tooth’s natural structure is usually your dentist’s number one concern. In many cases, it would be impossible to save and protect a damaged tooth if not for dental crowns. Learn more about how dental crowns can help protect your smile with help from your Des Plaines, IL dentist at Suburban Family Dental.
How do dental crowns work?
A dental crown fits over the top of a tooth, completely encircling it. The crown’s structure allows it to protect a damaged tooth from all sides while keeping the tooth’s natural root intact. The first step of the procedure itself involves your dentist taking a mold of your mouth. A dental laboratory uses the mold to customize the dental crown, shaping it out of a block of ceramic. Since the laboratory needs time to create the restoration, your dentist places a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent restoration is complete.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Dental crowns benefit you in numerous situations, including:
- to protect a damaged tooth
- to stabilize a tooth with a large filling
- to protect a tooth after root canal therapy
- to change the appearance of a misshapen or heavily discolored tooth
- to cover a dental implant, which replaces the tooth’s root
- to secure a dental bridge in place
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
A dental crown prevents your tooth from requiring extraction and the side effects of a missing tooth, which can include bone atrophy, an effect on your bite and moving teeth. Dental crowns restore the bite’s surface, making eating and chewing less difficult. Crowns also protect a tooth from further damage. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, a smile to be proud of is priceless. Dental crowns give your teeth a new, beautiful appearance, boosting confidence and giving you the smile you deserve.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Roman Dziubyk, DDS, Dr. Marc Miller, DDS, and Dr. Lorelei Grise’, DDS at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL. Call (847) 640-0778 to schedule your appointment for an examination today!
Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacements with their high success rate, durability and life-like beauty. But obtaining them is a process that requires commitment, planning, and coordination — it takes a team.
Your general dentist is often the first team member you’ll encounter: because they’re most familiar with your mouth’s condition the implant discussion naturally begins here. They can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, such as if you have sufficient bone mass at the intended site or if you have dental disease that must be treated first. They’ll also continue monitoring your general dental health throughout the process.
Your general dentist may also have the special training for surgically placing implants. If not, he or she may refer you to your next team member: an oral surgeon or periodontist skilled in implantation procedures. This step first requires careful planning, including developing a surgical guide for precise placement of the implant. These specialists may also contribute to other aspects of the implant process such as tooth extraction or bone grafting.
A few weeks after surgery bone will have grown and adhered to the implant to form a solid bond. It’s time for you to go back to your dentist who will work in conjunction with another member of your team, a dental lab technician. Together, your dentist and laboratory technician will guide the development, manufacture and placement of the implant’s life-like porcelain crown. The technician will take their specifications from the surgeon and your general dentist and, with his or her skill and artistry, form a crown that will blend well in color and shape with the rest of your teeth.
We also can’t forget another important team member: you. Without your input, especially in the early planning stages, your expectations for a more attractive smile might not be met. The rest of your implant team depends on you communicating your desires and wishes to balance with the technical requirements they must achieve.
The process for dental implants can take months. But with the coordinated efforts of your implant team you’ll be able to enjoy results — renewed function and a more attractive smile — that could last for decades.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants.”
Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.
“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”
That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.
Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!
The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.
If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”