Posts for: March, 2017
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.”
Find out how these simple restorations could improve your oral health.
Maybe you’ve heard someone mention crowns or bridges. Perhaps our Moreno Valley, CA, dentists Dr. Megha Joshi and Dr. Achyut Joshi have actually told you about them. Regardless, if you are considering either of these restorations to improve your smile, then isn’t it time you learned more about them?
What are dental crowns?
A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is completely hollow and is placed over the visible portion of a tooth to restore strength and resilience. A crown is great for teeth that are damaged by infection, trauma or decay. In essence, a crown will become the new outer structure of the tooth to protect it from further damage. Of course, there are some instances in which our Moreno Valley cosmetic dentists may recommend getting crowns for cosmetic purposes to enhance and improve the appearance of a misshapen or severely flawed tooth.
What are dental bridges?
Bridges are a fast and easy way to replace a single tooth or a couple missing teeth in a row. While there are many different kinds of bridges from which to choose, traditional braces often use dental crowns on either side (these crowns are placed over natural, healthy teeth) to support the artificial teeth in the middle.
What are the benefits of getting crowns and bridges in Moreno Valley?
As you can probably figure out, there are many advantages to these restorations. Some benefits include,
- Cosmetic Enhancements: Whether you have a gap left by missing teeth or you have a misshapen or broken tooth, these restorations can quickly improve the appearance of your smile and make it look good.
- Steadfast Protection: A dental crown can easily fit over a tooth to restore it and improve how it functions. A tooth that is damaged is also weak and prone to further breakage. To combat this issue, a custom-made crown will be cemented over the tooth.
- Prevent Future Dental Issues: Whether you are dealing with a broken tooth or tooth loss, getting the proper dental restoration now will save you a lot of heartache in the future. By getting dental bridges you can prevent the rest of your healthy teeth from shifting out of place. You can also support facial muscles and prevent sagging. Crowns can also prevent further cracking, fracturing or other issues that could lead to a tooth extraction.
Are you ready to find out if you are the perfect candidate for these restorations? If so, then call our Moreno Valley, CA, dental office today to schedule your consultation.
Orthodontics relies on certain mechanics in the mouth to move teeth to better positions. As the specialty has advanced, we've become ever more precise in moving teeth with braces, the “workhorse” of orthodontics, and other specialized appliances and techniques.
But although cooperating effectively with the mouth's natural ability for tooth movement is crucial for success, there's another aspect to consider if that success will be long-term: the growth and development of oral and facial structure. And not just development during childhood and adolescence: indeed, facial structure continues to change throughout a lifetime, including the senior years. Research has shown that although the rate of growth slows over time, it doesn't stop even for someone 80 years or older.
Our emerging understanding in this area has had an important impact on how and when we perform orthodontic treatment. As we develop a treatment strategy for an individual patient we consider not only the immediate outcome of a treatment, but also how it may change their facial appearance in the future. By taking continuing facial growth into consideration, we're more likely to achieve a new smile appearance that remains attractive later in life.
A key factor is to be sure we're initiating treatments at appropriate ages. We may detect developing bite problems as early as age 6, which might prompt preventive treatment at that time to diminish or even eliminate the problem. But it may also be prudent to wait on full-scale orthodontic treatment until late childhood or puberty. Furthermore, some form of orthodontic treatment might need to continue into early adulthood to ensure the most optimal outcome.
By taking a longer view of the treatment process, we're better able to work within the natural growth and development taking place now and in the future. As a result, a person is more likely to enjoy an attractive and youthful appearance even in their later years.
If you would like more information on aging factors for cosmetic enhancement, 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 “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”