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By Dental Associates of Cumberland
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure ConsultationWant to ask your Cumberland, RI, family dentist about dental crowns and bridges as a cosmetic dentistry procedure?

Do you have missing teeth? Are you worried about and are worried about replacing them with mismatched appliances? If so, then here's the solution! Just wait and hear what they have to say about dental crowns and bridges from Dr. Angeles Felix at her Cumberland, RI, office.

Crowns

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, crowns are the most common restorative procedure; crowns are meant to restore aesthetically unpleasant teeth and provide strength for weak teeth.

Crowns are a cosmetic procedure used in covering chips, cracks, and discolorations found on teeth, which may be due to injuries when playing sports or poor dental hygiene, among other reasons of course. Crowns are also placed over fillings that may be dislocated, which, again, adds reinforcement to your teeth and makes biting and chewing functions easier. Using crowns to cover restorative procedures, like a root canal or dental implants, protects and strengthens your teeth.

Bridges

Bridges come in different types:
Fixed partial dentures, which are bond to already existing teeth, or implants. The natural-looking dental appliance is semi-permanent and replaces missing teeth. They're also easily cleaned. All you need to do is remove them to clean them thoroughly.
Another type is fixed dental bridge, it can't be removed. Other types of fixed dental bridges include conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.
Advantages of Bridges and Crowns
Both procedures are custom-made and barely noticeable.
Dental crowns are used for attaching bridges, covering an existing filling that may be dislocated and covering stained teeth. Crowns reinforce teeth to help with withstanding various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.
Bridges restore the natural contour, or shape, of teeth, fix bite issues, and are an economically-friendly restoration.

Consultation

If you have any questions or concerns about dental crowns and bridges or any other cosmetic dentistry procedures, just call your Cumberland, RI, doctor at (401) 723-0350 today!

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
September 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
NotallDentalCrownsSharetheSameQualityofLife-Likeness

Dental crowns are an essential means for restoring damaged or unattractive teeth. A well-crafted crown not only functions well, it looks and blends seamlessly with the rest of the natural teeth.

Crowns are artificial caps that cover an entire visible tooth, often used for heavily decayed or damaged teeth or as added protection after a root canal treatment. Most crowns are produced by a dental lab, but some dentists are now creating them in-office with computer-based milling equipment. On the whole, the various crowns now available function adequately as teeth—but they can vary in their appearance quality.

In the early to mid 20th Century the all-metal crown was the standard; but while durable, it could be less than eye-pleasing. Although more life-like dental porcelain existed at the time, it tended to be brittle and could easily shatter under chewing stress.

Dentists then developed a crown that combined the strength of metal with the attractiveness of porcelain: the porcelain fused to metal or PFM crown. The PFM crown had a hollow, metal substructure that was cemented over the tooth. To this metal base was fused an outer shell of porcelain that gave the crown an attractive finish.

The PFM reigned as the most widely used crown until the mid 2000s. By then improved forms of porcelain reinforced with stronger materials like Lucite had made possible an all-ceramic crown. They’re now the most common crown used today, beautifully life-like yet durable without the need for a metal base.

All-ceramics may be the most common type of crown installed today, but past favorites’ metal and PFM are still available and sometimes used. So depending on the type and location of the tooth and your own expectations, there’s a right crown for you.

However, not all crowns even among all-ceramic have the same level of aesthetic quality or cost—the more life-like, the more expensive. If you have dental insurance, your plan’s benefits might be based on a utilitarian but less attractive crown. You may have to pay more out of pocket for the crown you and your dentist believe is best for you.

Whatever you choose, though, your modern dental crown will do an admirable, functional job. And it can certainly improve your natural tooth’s appearance.

If you would like more information on dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
April 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   crowns  
ChoosingaScreworCementtoAttachanImplantCrown

If you've lost a tooth, you have a number of options for replacing it. Perhaps the best choice in terms of lifelikeness and durability is a dental implant.

All implants have the same basic architecture: a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone to replace the root; and an abutment, a metal collar that links the post with a lifelike porcelain crown. But implants can vary in how the crown attaches to the abutment and post — either cemented to the abutment or screwed through the abutment to the post.

Either method will permanently secure the crown to the implant. But there are advantages and disadvantages for each.

A screw-retained crown may better facilitate any future repair that might be needed. For a skilled dentist it's a simple matter of removing the screw and then the crown from the abutment. There's less risk of damage to the implant during repairs or crown replacement. Many dentists also prefer screws for crowns placed at the same time they're installing the implant post (a procedure called immediate loading).

The screw access hole, however, could pose a cosmetic problem. Although we can cover it over with tooth-colored filling, it may still be noticeable and unattractive especially for a tooth visible when you smile (in the smile zone). There's also the possibility the porcelain around the access hole could chip.

By contrast, cemented crowns have a smooth, unbroken surface and are aesthetically ideal for smile zone teeth. But the cement could interact poorly with gum and bone tissue in some patients, causing inflammation and possible bone loss.

And unlike screw-retained crowns, cemented crowns are difficult to remove for implant repair. We may have to drill through the crown to access the screw between the abutment and the post, and then repair it cosmetically if we use the same crown. Again, the final result may not be quite as visually appealing.

In the end, it will depend on the implant's location, how your body reacts to the cement or your dentist's preference. In either case, though, you'll have a tooth replacement that's functional, life-like and able to endure for many years to come.

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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
November 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Having a missing permanent tooth can make eating a challenge and smiling uncomfortable. You might think that this is a situation you'll have to deal with for the rest of your life. However, with custom crowns and bridges from Dr. Angeles Felix, your dentist in Cumberland, RI, you can smile and eat confidently again. Check out how crowns and bridges can help you here:

What are crowns and bridges?

These porcelain dental restorations, made from measurements and images taken by your Cumberland dentist, look like a section of three or more teeth. The two teeth on the outside are the crowns, which means they are hollow on the inside in order to fit over the natural teeth that are on either side of the gap in your smile. The middle section - the bridge - is an artificial tooth or teeth that takes the place of the one or more teeth that are missing. Once the whole restoration is cemented into place, it will be difficult to tell the natural teeth from the artificial ones.

Why do my teeth need to be crowned in order to place a bridge?

While partial dentures can do the same job as a bridge without the addition of crowns, they attach to natural teeth with metal clasps, which are often very noticeable. Partials are also not permanent; they require daily removal for cleaning. You can avoid these issues with crowns and bridges from your Cumberland dentist, but the natural teeth on either side of the gap will have to be prepped for crowning in order to make them more stable for the bridge that will connect them.

If you're missing a tooth, give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile by contacting your Cumberland, RI dentist, Dr. Angeles Felix, to set up a consultation appointment about crowns and bridges. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!



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