Posts for: July, 2015
Restoring missing or unattractive teeth can often be a lengthy process. Months may elapse between initial teeth preparation and final placement to allow time for tissue healing and permanent crown manufacturing. During that period you will likely wear temporary (provisional) crowns to protect the teeth while improving function and appearance.
In the past, provisional crowns were fairly uniform. Today, though, there are provisional crowns available that conform exactly to a patient’s individual mouth. These crowns not only enhance function and appearance, they’re an excellent way to “try out” your new smile before the permanent restoration.
Customized provisional crowns are part of a concept known as “smile analysis.” A new smile involves more than restoring affected teeth: we also consider the overall health of your mouth, the shape of your face, and your own desires and expectations. Your final smile design is a joint collaboration between you, our office and the dental laboratory that will fashion the final restoration.
There are a number of techniques for creating customized provisional crowns. Some techniques involve bonding tooth-colored materials like composite resin directly to the teeth. Others use impression models of your teeth to create an outline or shell that’s filled with an acrylic material and then affixed to your teeth. The aim with any of these techniques is to produce a provisional crown that accurately reflects the final crown’s appearance.
With these types of provisional crowns, we can see how the new teeth will look (their color, shading, shapes and proportions) against the gums, and if they appear to be in balance and harmony with the entire face, including your lips, jaws and facial contour. We can also evaluate how well the new teeth function as you chew, speak or smile.
It takes some extra effort to prepare customized provisional crowns rather than the more uniform version. But this effort is well worth it: by helping us anticipate more accurately how your new restorations will appear and function, customized crowns help ensure your new smile is an attractive and satisfying one.
If you would like more information on temporary restorations, 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 “Concepts of Temporary Restorations.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all Americans over age 30 have some form of periodontal, or gum, disease. Among Americans over age 65, an astonishing 70 percent have some form of periodontal disease. If you haven't visited your dentist, Alfred W. Huber DDS, PA at Reserve Dental Group in Boca Raton, FL, for a while, you may be putting yourself at an increased risk of developing this serious disease as well.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
While it is completely normal and expected to have some amount of bacteria in your mouth at all times, if this bacteria is allowed to build up, serious consequences can result. As the bacteria in your mouth begins to multiply, it can cause cavities, inflammation, bleeding, discoloration and even tooth loss. Periodontal disease is what we call this condition.
What Types of Periodontal Treatment are Available?
If your Boca Raton, FL dentist finds periodontal disease during a routine oral check-up, you will want to begin treatment right away to prevent the disease from spreading. There are several ways that both you and your dentist can treat periodontal disease:
- Regular brushing, flossing and rinsing
- Regular dental exams and cleanings
- Scaling and root planing
- Flap surgery
- Bone and soft tissue grafts
Speak to your dentist to find out which treatment would be most appropriate for you.
Benefits of Periodontal Treatment
Whether your periodontal disease is mild or severe, receiving the prompt and thorough treatment that you need is crucial for maintaining your oral health. Not only can periodontal treatment from your dentist at Reserve Dental Group in Boca Raton, FL help your gums feel and look better, it can help you treat the symptoms of more serious diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, Rheumatoid arthritis and stroke from developing as a result of your periodontal disease as well.
If your gum line is red, swollen, bleeding or pulling away from your teeth, you aren't just sacrificing your appearance; you are putting your health at risk as well. Call your dentist to schedule your next visit at Reserve Dental Group in Boca Raton, FL today. Dr. Huber will have your smile healthy and beautiful again in no time.
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”