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When is a dental crown necessary?

Friday, November 25th, 2016

dental crowns ChicagoHas your dentist recommended dental crowns to enhance your smile or restore your teeth? Are you wondering if a crown is necessary? When a crown is recommended to restore a damaged or diseased tooth, it is a necessity. Having a crown placed over a damaged tooth will allow patients to retain biological tooth structure and protect a tooth from becoming critically diseased. In these instances, a crown can prevent the need for extraction and the development of an abscess. Dental crowns have cosmetic protocols as well. They can be used to improve the appearance of worn, jagged, diseased, and stained teeth. If a crown is recommended for cosmetic reasons only, it may not be necessary but beneficial nonetheless.

What are dental crowns, exactly?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that fit over a tooth like a cap. When a crown is placed, it will cover all around a tooth’s structure that is visible above the gums. A crown is hollowed out on the inside to accommodate the biological tooth. It is permanently bonded to a tooth so that it can provide a sturdy surface for oral function.

What makes up a dental crown?

A few different materials can be used for fabricating crowns. Most common are metals like gold or silver, which are very durable—especially for the back teeth. Although metals are durable, they are noticeable. There are more natural looking alternatives available such as all porcelain and porcelain fused to metal. Crowns made from porcelain closely resemble natural tooth structure so that patients can enjoy a restoration that doesn’t affect the aesthetics of their smile.

Why are dental crowns custom made?

Dental crowns are custom made because people’s teeth and mouths are different sizes. Since a crown must fit over an entire tooth, it must be made to very exact measurements. Not only should a crown rebuild a tooth to its rightful size, it should fit between teeth for optimal oral function. Dental crowns are made by trained technicians in laboratory settings to ensure that our patients receive high quality and long lasting restorations.

Call our office today to reserve a checkup or consultation with one of our skilled dentists.

Help Your Teeth Age Gracefully With You

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

cosmetic dentistry ChicagoJust because we age does not mean we have to settle for a lackluster smile. A flawed smile – from years of exposure to staining foods and drinks and wear and tear – can make us appear older than we feel. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can greatly improve one’s appearance by lifting dark, permanent stains and concealing or correcting noticeable imperfections like chips, cracks, spacing issues, and misshaped teeth. Our dentist offers professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, aesthetic contouring, and clear braces to help our patients look their best at any age.

Professional Teeth Whitening

A dulled, stained smile can quickly reveal a person’s age—even if he or she has a youthful and vibrant appearance. When it comes to lightening teeth, a professional teeth whitening treatment is an effective and convenient cosmetic dentistry solution. Compared to over the counter products, professional whitening is far more effective and dramatic. Our dentist utilizes the Zoom! whitening system, which involves a combination of laser-accelerated whitening and a potent yet safe, clinical grade bleaching solution. In just about an hour, patients can see results up to 10 shades brighter.

Cosmetic Restorations and Enhancements

For teeth that are flawed by damage and decay, restorations and enhancements are great ways to conceal imperfections while protecting teeth. Porcelain veneers are cosmetic enhancements that are bonded over the outside of teeth to hide chips, cracks, stains, and inconsistently shaped teeth. A series of porcelain veneers can create the appearance of a perfectly spaced, proportionate, and bright smile. Restorations like porcelain crowns can also greatly improve the appearance and strength of teeth.

Aesthetic contouring is another great option for boosting the uniformity of a smile. If your teeth have jagged, rough, and misshapen edges or if your gums descend too far down visible tooth structure, a contouring treatment can smooth sharp lines to lend a softer, healthier appearance to teeth and gums.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Those seeking to discreetly straighten teeth will likely find Invisalign to be an intriguing option. Invisalign is an orthodontic system that utilizes plastic, clear braces to straighten the position of teeth in an inconspicuous and comfortable manner.

To learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options, call us today to reserve a smile makeover consultation with our team.

How can I help prevent my child from getting cavities?

Friday, November 4th, 2016

dentist 60614Behind the common cold, dental caries (cavities) are the most frequently contracted infectious disease. Parents should help their children establish good oral hygiene habits and eat balanced, healthy foods. Our dentist can help you safeguard your child’s oral health with preventive and restorative dental treatments. Following are some tips you can use to help prevent tooth decay and keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy.

Dietary Considerations

Preventing the development of cavities begins with your child’s diet. It is important to be mindful of sugar (in all its forms and derivatives) as well as acids that commonly accompany processed foods and popular beverages. Sugar is dangerous to the health of teeth because it serves as a natural source of food for bacteria. Since the mouth is moist and warm, it is home to millions of varieties—some harmful—of bacteria. When bacteria feed on sugar, they colonize and form substances like plaque that can weaken teeth and ultimately cause decay. It is best to avoid sugar whenever possible. We strongly encourage that parents prepare nutritious meals and snacks for their children over processed meals, fast food, and deserts of any kind.

A second ingredient that should be avoided is acid. Found in many foods and beverages, acid can be used as a flavor enhancer and preservative. Whether it is citrus from lemons in lemonade or a combination of acids used in soda, this ingredient can strip away necessary minerals that make up tooth enamel (the protective barrier that surrounds teeth). Weakened enamel leaves the softer structures of teeth exposed to cavity-causing bacteria.

In addition to avoiding foods and drinks with acid or sugar, we strongly recommend that parents encourage children to drink at least 64 ounces of clear water each day to help rinse away debris, dilute acid, and stay hydrated.

Establishing Good Oral Hygiene

On top of dietary considerations, brushing and flossing at home is paramount to controlling the development of harmful substances like plaque and tartar. Parents should make sure their children are brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Flossing once a day is important, too.

To schedule a checkup or cleaning with our family-friendly dentist, call our practice at Ora Dental Studio today.