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A Dental Crown Makes a Bad Tooth Look Great Again

As we age we all encounter changes that affect us physically and this also includes our teeth. Teeth can weaken over time and become susceptible to fractures, chips and breaks. Tooth decay, gum disease, fillings, trauma and even changes in normal chewing habits can cause teeth to break down over time. An impaired tooth should be protected against further damage or deterioration and a dental crown will provide that much needed protection.

A porcelain crown is a tooth shaped cover or cap placed over a weakened or broken tooth to protect it from further fracturing or deterioration. A crown is also used to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth, to protect a tooth after a root canal, and even to hold a dental bridge in place.

A dental crown can dramatically improve the appearance of a tooth, restoring its shape, size and strength. Porcelain crowns are considered to be aesthetically pleasing since they closely resemble the color of your natural teeth and they are typically a good choice for front or back teeth. Porcelain crowns are continuously being improved for better quality and sustainability. Advances in porcelain materials, such as newly developed materials like zirconium and empress 2, can better withstand the forces of chewing.

The Dental Crown Treatment Plan

temporary dental crown

temporary dental crown

It will usually take two visits to your dentist to complete your crown. Your Greeley dentist will shape and prepare the tooth during the first visit so that the dental crown can fit over the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may require an additional dental procedure to repair areas of decay or replace old fillings so that the tooth can adequately support the dental crown. An impression of the tooth is then taken and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to protect it. A temporary crown can be made right in the dentist’s office and serves as protection for the tooth while the custom-fit permanent crown is constructed in a dental laboratory.

During the second visit your dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent crown. Once your dentist determines that the shape, fit and color of the crown are satisfactory it will be permanently cemented into place over any visible portion (above the gum line) of the natural tooth. In some instances the dental crown may not fit properly and a second impression may be needed to fabricate a crown that fits just right.

Porcelain Crown Post Treatment Expectations

After a crown has been successfully placed a patient may occasionally experience slight discomfort, mild pain when chewing or sensitivity to temperature changes. Your dentist may advise you to take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. If symptoms exist for more than a few days or if your bite doesn’t feel right, you should contact your dentist for adjustment of the crown, if necessary.

Filling Versus Dental Crown

You may be wondering why you can’t just get a simple filling in lieu of a crown. A crown is required when a tooth has been weakened to the point where it is not strong enough to support a filling. Using a filling instead of a crown may cause the tooth to fracture beyond repair and could ultimately result in loss of the tooth.

Cleaning Your Crown

Porcelain crowns can give you that beautiful Hollywood smile you’re looking for. Longevity and durability of your crown will directly depend upon proper oral hygiene and also materials used to make the crown. To get the longest life out of your dental crown it is extremely important to brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly. If you develop a cavity on a tooth adjacent to the crown and it is not taken care of it can negatively impact the crown.

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Consulting with your Greeley dentist about dental crown options and the best treatment plan for you is your first step. Ascent Family Dental is a family practice where they treat your smile like it was their own. They are committed to treating their patients like family and providing the best possible dental care.

You are invited to call Ascent Family Dental at (970) 351-6095 to schedule a visit. Dr. Scott Williams and his experienced, caring staff will make you feel welcome and help you develop a personalized treatment plan to give you the smile you want.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

Thinking About Dental Implants?

Before you discuss dental implants with your dentist, you should first understand exactly what implants are and how the procedure works. Dental implants are designed to replace the roots of missing teeth. They serve as a solid foundation for either removable or more permanent teeth that are designed to look, feel, and act like your own natural teeth. Individual implants are typically used only to replace a few missing teeth. If you are looking to replace all of your teeth, you will need to consider other dental restorative procedures in which tooth implants may be included.

Tooth Implants and Your Options?

There are two different types of dental implants routinely used  today:

Standard diameter or “Regular” Implants:  These implants are by far the most commonly used and are very versatile.  They can be used to replace a single tooth, used in a bridge to replace multiple teeth, or under a denture to add increased retention and stability.  Each implant is carefully planned and placed to maximize your comfort and function.

Small Diameter or “Mini” Implants:  These narrow implants can often be placed in an area where there is not enough width of bone for a regular size implant.  There are often used underneath lower dentures to increase retention.  They can also be used to hold in a removable partial denture to get rid of that ugly metal clasp, or to replace small teeth.

Dental implants provide many advantages to patients, but it is important to remember that this may not be the right solution for everyone. You may be a candidate for dental implants if:

  • Your general and oral health is in good shape. You must be in good health for this type of procedure. This will minimize complications during the healing process.
  • You have an adequate amount of bone in your jaw. This will be needed in order to support the dental implant.
  • You are free from periodontal disease.
  • For optimal cosmetics the candidate would have gum tissues that are in excellent health.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

There are many benefits to implants including but not limited to:

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dental implants dentistry

  1. Improved Comfort: Because dental implants are essentially a part of your mouth, they are comfortable and natural. When used to replace a missing tooth they completely eliminate the discomfort that comes along with removable dentures. In addition, there is no need to reduce other teeth as would be required with a bridge.
  2. Improved confidence: Tooth implants will restore your confidence and your sparkling smile. No longer will you have to worry about that missing tooth or your dentures slipping while eating or socializing either. Your new implants will help you feel more confident as you smile, talk, laugh, and eat.
  3. Improved eating experience: If you are replacing a single tooth your implant will fill that gap and help you chew better.  If you have dentures you know they have a tendency to slip while chewing, which can make eating uncomfortable.  Implants will stabilize your dentures and often allow you to chew food you may not have able to eat in years.  Studies and my experience show the patients with implants, whether under a denture or replacing missing teeth individually, eat healthier foods and enjoy a higher quality of life in general.
  4. Convenient: Many patients enjoy the fact that their dental implants do not need to be removed each day. With dental implants there is also no need to deal with adhesives, which can sometimes be messy.
  5. Long-lasting: Implants are extremely durable and will last for many years. The lifespan of your implants will depend on how well you care for your teeth. Providing you regularly visit your dentist and properly care for your teeth, you should be able to enjoy your dental  implants for many years to come, even a lifetime.

Are There Disadvantages To Implant Dentistry?

While most people would agree that the advantages of implants far outweigh the disadvantages, they must still be considered before you elect to have this procedure performed.

tooth implants Greeley

tooth implants Greeley

It is important to remember that tooth implants will require surgery and this means that you may have to deal with some post-surgery pain. Pain can be minimized with the use of medications. Over the years, you may experience some bone loss. Integration into the bone is not immediate and will require some time to heal.

If you are considering dental implants, it is essential that you speak with your dentist about the details of this procedure and to find out if you would be a candidate for dental implants. As you can see, this procedure is not for everyone, and you should take the time to evaluate all of your options.

Your trusted Greeley Dentist Dr. Scott Williams of Ascent Family Dental will be more than happy to discuss dental implants with you.

You may reach the exceptional staff at Ascent Family Dental below:

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

Dental Bridges- Restoring Your Beautiful Smile

As the name implies, dental bridges are used to “bridge the gap” between missing teeth. Crowns are placed on the teeth that sit on each side of the gap. These teeth serve as the anchor, or support, for the new false teeth. The false teeth used in this procedure may be made from alloys, porcelain or a number of other materials.

Bridges can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth, depending on the patient’s needs. In some cases, bridges are supported by implants rather than natural teeth. If you are considering this procedure to replace missing teeth, you should first understand what types of dental bridges are available, how the procedure is performed and the benefits that bridges offer.

Types of Dental Bridges Available

At this point in time, there are three different types of dental bridges available to patients. These include:

• Removable bridge: Also known as a removable partial denture, this type of bridge is created using plastic gums and teeth.  A metal or plastic framework is used as support. Metal or plastic hooks wrap around your remaining teeth and hold the bridge in place, usually very firmly so it will not come out with eating or other activities. It is also easily cleaned with a tooth brush and a good rinse.  These removable bridges are especially good if you have many missing teeth and are the most affordable option.

• Fixed dental bridge: This is sometimes referred to as a fixed partial denture. This is primarily because once the bridge has been put into place; it cannot be removed without the help of a dental professional. In order for a fixed dental bridge to be implemented, the patient must have natural teeth or implants on each side of the gap.

• Cantilever dental bridge: These bridges are used when the patient only has natural teeth on one side of the missing teeth or tooth. They are a great alternative for those who cannot have traditional bridges implemented. Many people prefer cantilever dental bridges simply because they do not come out and are more aesthetically pleasing than the removable bridge.

A Closer Look at the Fixed Dental Bridge or Cantilever Procedure

This procedure is one that could require several dental appointments to complete, but often can be done in two or three visits. Upon your first visit, the abutment teeth will be prepared. This process is relatively simple and straightforward. The teeth will be reshaped and a portion of the enamel will be removed. The goal is to ensure that there is enough room for the bridge to fit into the mouth comfortably.

During your first appointment, impressions will also be taken of your teeth. These impressions will be used to help create the pontic (portion of the dental bridge that replaces the missing tooth), bridge and the crowns. Before you leave, your dentist will create a temporary bridge that will protect your exposed teeth while your permanent bridge is being created.

The temporary bridge will be removed during your second appointment and will be replaced by your new permanent bridge. The dentist will check to ensure that the bridge fits properly and make any needed adjustments.  Occasionally, it may require several visits to ensure a proper fit and bite, but usually is permanently cemented on the second visit.

The Advantages of Having Dental Bridge Work Performed

closeup of ceramic dental bridge

closeup of ceramic dental bridge

There are many advantages to dental bridges. These include:

• Improved oral health
• Smile restoration
• Improved speech and chewing
• Prevention of shifting teeth
• Improved bite
• Preservation of face shape and tone
• Prevention of TMJ and other jaw disorders. Most patients would agree that the greatest benefit to this procedure is that they are finally able to smile without feeling self-conscious. Bridges can not only restore your natural brilliant smile, but can also provide you with a great confidence boost.

I’m Dr. Scott Williams and I practice family and cosmetic dentistry in Greeley CO. We also serve the Eaton, Windsor, Evans and Kersey CO. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental bridges are an excellent option. The first step in the process to restoring your missing teeth is to speak with your dentist about this procedure. Only your dentist will be able to determine whether or not you are a good  candidate for dental bridges.

Book an appointment with Dr. Scott Williams, to see if dental bridges are right for you.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

 

 

Dental Onlays and Inlays- Good Dental Filling Alternatives?

Dental filling detectives

Dental filling detectives

I’m Dr. Scott Williams and I practice family and cosmetic dentistry in Greeley as well as serving the Eaton, Evans, Windsor, and Kersey CO areas. Dental filling alternatives are becoming more and more common, thanks in large part to our evolving understanding and increased awareness of the many concerns attendant to dental fillings. Fillings are fashioned from a variety of different materials, each with its own unique characteristic deficiencies. The traditional substance for crafting fillings is metal (or amalgam), typically either silver or gold, and has been employed since the practice itself originated. Though quite durable, metal fillings create obvious aesthetic discrepancies since they don’t match the color of natural teeth and can cause discoloration of the surrounding tooth structure.

Because their presence is so obvious and easy to detect, their utility is somewhat limited to portions of affected teeth that aren’t on constant display (e.g. back molars). And, although rare, it’s possible that patients will have an allergic reaction to the mercury found in amalgam fillings. The other chief material used in dental fillings is composite resin. While it more readily matches the hue of a natural tooth, the aesthetic benefit comes at a cost; the composite resin fillings can be less durable than the amalgam variety and are more expensive.

The increasing prominence of dental filling alternatives goes hand in hand with the evolution of dentistry as a whole. Dental procedures are tethered to the specific needs of the individual patient, and fully customized treatment plans are the modern industry norm. The existence of teeth filling alternatives implicitly recognizes a single practical reality: every mouth is different. Damage and decay are measured in degrees, and the location and severity of the problem can have a profound effect on the viability of dental fillings as a treatment option.

Dental Filling Alternatives: Indirect Fillings to the Rescue

superhero tooth filling alternatives

superhero tooth filling alternatives

Oftentimes, a tooth may be too damaged to support a filling and yet sufficiently intact to avoid a dental crown. In such a circumstance, filling the tooth risks weakening it further and leaving it susceptible to fracture, while applying a crown entails removing more tooth structure than truly necessary. When the nature and degree of damage demand a less conventional solution, dental filling alternatives may prove the optimal dental restoration.

When a certain tooth falls within the aforementioned intermediate range (i.e. too damaged for a conventional filling but not damaged enough to warrant a crown), indirect fillings may be the perfect dental filling alternative to employ. Unlike traditional fillings, indirect fillings are made in a dental laboratory rather than a dentist’s office, and thus require two visits in order to be properly fitted and placed. During the first visit, the dentist removes any old fillings and recent decay from the affected tooth and makes an impression of the remaining intact tooth material (along with the nearby teeth). The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where a technician fabricates the filling itself, consistent with the impression provided by the dentist.

At the second visit, the dentist places the indirect filling on the damaged tooth, ensures that it fits snugly and does not otherwise interfere with the patient’s bite, and uses a permanent cement to bond the filling to the tooth structure.

Dental Onlays and Inlays

There are two types of indirect fillings: onlays and inlays. Of the pair, dental onlays are the more substantive restorations. Dental onlays cover one or more of the tooth’s cusps, and if necessary, they may even cover the entire chewing and biting surface of the tooth. The cusps of a tooth are the rounded edges near the center of each tooth that take the brunt of the wear and tear from daily use. Onlays are generally more durable than dental fillings and tend to last significantly longer. Furthermore, they can actually protect the weaker areas of the damaged tooth, leaving the finished product less vulnerable to cracks or fractures in the future.

In many respects, dental inlays are much like onlays. The chief difference between the two dental filling alternatives is the scope of the restorative procedure; while onlays often cover the entire biting surface, inlays are less extensive and generally cover a far smaller proportion of the affected tooth. Rather than covering the cusps themselves, inlays fill the spaces between the individual cusps. Thus, when an inlay is applied, the material is bonded within the center of the tooth and doesn’t fully cover the cusps or biting surface. Despite the less expansive nature of the procedure, dental inlays provide the same superior, tailored fit of onlays, and similarly protect the tooth from further damage or decay.

As a practice, dentistry has enjoyed unprecedented technological progress and innovation over the past several Dental chairdecades. The profession has evolved to meet the diverse and highly specific needs of individual patients, whose oral health issues aren’t always adequately addressed by a single approach or procedure. At Ascent Family Dental, we realize and acknowledge that every patient is different, and we offer fully customized treatment options designed to best meet our patients’ needs. Consistent with that overall mentality, Dr. Williams offers dental filling alternatives in order to accommodate those patients who may be prime candidates for the procedures. Dental filling alternatives may be the optimal choice for you; call Dr. Williams today to schedule an appointment so you can understand and evaluate all of your potential treatment options.

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Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

 

Dental Crown Dentistry- Restoring Both Beauty and Function

I’m Dr. Scott Williams and I practice family and cosmetic dentistry in Greeley as well as serving the Eaton, Evans, Windsor, and Kersey CO areas. Dental crown dentistry is an extremely versatile practice area, offering a long-term solution to oral health issues and cosmetic concerns. In simplest terms, a dental crown is a restoration. The anatomy of a tooth is fairly basic: the exposed, visible portion that lies above or below each respective gum line is known as the clinical crown. The clinical crown is in constant daily use and is thus subject to decay, fracture, discoloration, and a host of other undesirable afflictions that can develop through excessive wear and tear.

The Importance of a Dental Crown Dentist

A dental crown is a cemented restoration designed to completely cover the clinical crown and protect it from further crowns dentist greeley coloradoweakening or deterioration. In order to fashion and apply the dental crown, the dentist first numbs the tooth and surrounding gums and shaves the tooth down to accommodate the crown. Then, he makes an impression of the tooth and determines the exact shade of the surrounding teeth in order to ensure the dental crown provides a proper fit, creates an aesthetically pleasing appearance and precisely matches the color of the patient’s other teeth.

Dental crowns have a wide range of applications, addressing both minor and significant oral issues; they are equally useful and effective whether a patient’s problems and concerns are merely cosmetic or more substantive. On the purely aesthetic end of the spectrum, dental crowns are a perfect choice for teeth that are discolored, misshapen, erratically spaced, or that otherwise present an undesirable appearance. The dental crowns can be shaped and colored to fill gaps and match healthy looking teeth, creating a natural-looking and gorgeous smile in the process.

When it comes to more serious issues affecting oral health, dental crowns are just as appropriate. If a patient has a particularly large cavity or has had a root canal, the affected tooth is structurally compromised and prone to fracture. In addition, the damaged tooth can also prove quite painful, especially when it’s in use. A dental crown can fully restore both the appearance and functionality of the damaged tooth, strengthening the tooth in the process and eliminating any residual pain.

As illustrated in the preceding paragraphs, a dental crown dentist offers diverse applications, and the materials used to fabricate dental crowns are similarly varied. The strongest dental crowns employ a metal alloy, which improves durability but at the expense of aesthetics. The most natural looking dental crowns are made of porcelain, but they are also susceptible to damage.

Six Benefits of Dental Crown Dentistry

The top six benefits of crowns dentistry:

– They are customizable and natural-looking, hence they can address virtually any cosmetic problems; they can improve the appearance of cracked, broken, discolored, or misshapen teeth, or even replace a missing tooth (known as a bridge).

– They are extremely durable, lasting upwards of twenty years, depending on how well they are cared for.

– Dental crown dentistry is thoroughly restorative; the crowns restore appearance, function, and even the ability to properly speak and chew.

– They are stain resistant.

– They are cemented onto the clinical crown, so they don’t slip like dentures do, and likewise don’t cause discomfort from shifting around in the mouth or sitting atop the jawbone.

– They inspire renewed self-confidence and convey all the tangible benefits of a bright, beautiful smile.

Dental crowns are extraordinarily helpful in resolving many of the common issues patients are faced with. They are apt as a purely cosmetic measure, but their usefulness extends far beyond mere aesthetics. In order to truly comprehend the numerous benefits of dental crown dentistry as a multifaceted practice, contact Dr. Williams below to schedule an appointment today.

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Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

 

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