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.”
Do you have weakened or broken teeth? Are you missing one or more teeth? If the answer to these questions is yes, you could benefit from dental crowns or bridges. These dental restorations can revitalize your smile, allowing you to save your natural teeth from extraction and fill in the gaps left behind by already missing teeth. Understanding when crowns and bridges are needed is easy with help from your Keizer, OR dentist.
What are crowns?
A crown is a cap-like cover which fits over and around a tooth. A crown strengthens a tooth, giving a tooth which could not function on its own a second chance. Aside from strengthening a tooth, a crown restores its shape or size and improves the color or appearance. Crowns are permanently attached to the tooth using dental cement. Crowns come in several different materials but are mostly made from zirconia.
What are bridges?
Bridges fill the gap left behind by a missing tooth. A fixed bridge uses the healthy teeth around the gap to anchor the restoration into place using crowns on either side of a prosthetic tooth. A removable bridge uses metal clasps to attach to the surrounding teeth.
When are crowns needed?
Crowns are needed in the following situations:
- to stabilize a broken tooth
- a tooth with a large filling that could not stand up to everyday use on its own
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to cover a dental implant
- to revive a worn tooth
- to improve the appearance of a tooth
What are the benefits of bridges?
Bridges are built to last, with most restorations lasting longer 15 years. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefit, bridges can also:
- restore proper chewing and eating
- fill out the facial tissue
- restore and correct bite
- prevent the teeth surrounding the gap from moving to compensate
It is important for you to keep your crown or bridge clean and decay-free by brushing twice daily, flossing underneath bridges and flossing all the teeth at least once a day. See your dentist at least twice a year to ensure that your natural teeth and dental restorations are as healthy as possible. For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. LeBaron at Keizer Smile Center in Keizer, OR. Call (503) 393-9106 to schedule your appointment today.