Posts for: May, 2016
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.”
Your dentist’s goal when dealing with most dental problems is to preserve the natural tooth’s structure as much as possible. If you have weakened, broken, or unsightly teeth, you could benefit from dental crowns. This dental procedure can breath new life back into your smile, leaving you looking great and feeling even better. But what do dental crowns do? Learn more with help from your York, PA dentist Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., at Bowser Dental Arts.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are a restorative dental procedure provided by your York, PA dentist. The crown itself is a tooth-shaped cap which fits over the top of a tooth and surrounds it on all sides. A crown’s main purpose is to protect a weakened tooth, but this restoration can provide many uses. A dental laboratory creates a porcelain dental crown in-lab, then color-matches the crown to your teeth to ensure a natural appearance, allowing your crown to blend flawlessly into your smile.
What do dental crowns do?
Dental crowns provide solutions to many different dental situations. The uses of dental crowns include:
- to protect a broken tooth
- to strengthen a tooth weakened by a large filling such as a root canal
- to serve as part of a dental implant in replacing a missing tooth
- to restore the biting surface to a worn down tooth
- to change the appearance of a heavily stained or misshapen tooth
- to anchor a permanent dental bridge into the mouth
Dental crowns usually take two dental appointments to complete. At your first appointment, your dentist determines if a crown is best for you, then takes a mold of your mouth. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory and used as a basis for the design of your crown. Your dentist also uses this first appointment to prepare the tooth which will receive the crown. This is accomplished by shaving enamel from the sides and top of the tooth to create the perfect fit for the inside of the dental crown. A temporary crown protects your prepared tooth until the final restoration arrives at your dentist’s office. At your second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the final, permanent crown.
For more information on dental crowns and how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., at Bowser Dental Arts in York, PA. Call (717) 846-9428 to schedule your appointment for a dental crown today!
First introduced in the 1980s, dental implants are a popular and reliable tooth replacement option. Numerous studies show that after ten years 95% are still in place. Much of this success owes to the implant’s titanium post imbedded directly into the jaw, which then attracts bone growth. This additional growth securely anchors the implant in place for an unrivaled durability among other replacement options.
Still, a small percentage of implants fail — some in the first few months and others after a few years. Here are 3 reasons why, and how you can overcome them.
Poor bone quantity and quality. Implants need a certain amount of existing bone to succeed. Sometimes, though, there isn’t enough because prolonged absence of a tooth causes bone loss around the empty socket. Conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis or tobacco use can also compromise bone health. It’s often possible to increase bone volume with grafting, especially right after tooth extraction.
Teeth grinding habits. This occurs when you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth, usually during sleep. The habit can create forces far in excess of what’s normal when we bite or chew and can damage or even break the crown attached to an implant. Besides reducing stress (a major factor for teeth grinding), you can also alleviate the abnormal force generated by wearing a night guard.
Periodontal (gum) disease. Although your implants are impervious to disease or infection, supporting gums and bone aren’t. Plaque, a film of food and bacteria that builds up on tooth surfaces, can cause gum disease that weakens the supporting tissues (gums and bone) of the implant. This can give rise to a specific condition with implants known as peri-implantitis where the infected gum tissues and bone around it deteriorate, leading to the implant’s catastrophic loss. To avoid this, practice consistent daily hygiene, including around the implant. And see us regularly for checkups and cleanings, or as soon as possible if you see signs of gum problems.
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: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”