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Posts for: June, 2017
If you’re in the initial planning stages for a dental implant, you may already be encountering a number of options to consider. One that may come up is how the visible crown will attach to the metal implant imbedded in the bone.
Generally speaking, implants are composed of two parts: a metal post most often made of titanium placed into the bone that serves as the “root” for the new tooth; and a visible, life-like crown made of dental porcelain that attaches to an abutment on the titanium post. The crown can be attached in one of two ways: either with a small screw through the biting surface of the crown into a receiving hole in the abutment or cemented to it.
The major advantage of a screwed crown is that it allows for easy removal of the crown if needed. While the titanium post can often last a lifetime, porcelain crowns more often need repair or replacement since they receive the brunt of the biting forces in the mouth. A screw-attached crown is much easier to remove than a cemented one.
On the other hand, screwed crowns have a small access hole that must be restored with a tooth-colored filling to help the crown appear natural. This isn’t too great an issue with back teeth but does make achieving a natural appearance in the front more difficult. Cemented crowns look more like a natural tooth and are thus more flexible in achieving the desired appearance.
Besides the possibility the cement may cause gum inflammation or bone loss, the chief detraction from cemented crowns is the difficulty in removing them. Crowns are often damaged in this process so it’s highly likely it will have to be replaced rather than repaired. It’s possible to use weaker cement, but this raises the risk of the crown coming loose at some point from the abutment.
As we plan for your implant, we’ll discuss which type of attachment will work best for you, depending on the tooth to be replaced and other conditions with your oral health. The end result, though, should be the same — a new, natural-looking tooth that serves you well 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.”
Unhappy with your smile? Dentists have a wide array of tools at their disposal for improving the appearance of your teeth. Cornerstone Dental Group, which is located in Cincinnati, OH, offers a full range of dental services. Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott are two of Cincinnati, OH's finest dentists. Here are five dental procedures that can perfect your smile.
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding is the application of tooth-colored composite resin materials using a special light, which bonds the materials to the teeth to improve a patient's smile. Bonding is used to repair decayed teeth, chipped, and cracked teeth. Bonding is also used to close gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
2. Dental Crowns
With dental crowns, your dentist can take your smile from being so-so to stunning. Dental crowns are protective coverings that are placed over weakened or damaged teeth. Dental crowns are strong and durable and they will restore full function of your weakened or damaged teeth.
3. Dental Implants
Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of teeth. Implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. They are placed into your jawbone to hold prosthetic teeth. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. With dental implants, you will look and feel younger and more attractive.
4. Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are custom-made, porcelain shells which are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers are used to fix teeth that are discolored, chipped, uneven, or worn down. These porcelain shells change the outside appearance of your teeth while leaving the healthy, natural teeth underneath.
5. Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening removes years of stains, giving you beautiful results. In-office bleaching will give you a whiter smile in about one hour. One in-office bleaching session can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades lighter. A take-home treatment provides great results in 1 or 2 weeks of use. A take-home treatment can lighten your teeth up to 8 shades lighter.
Give yourself a smile you love. Call Cornerstone Dental Group at 513-631-8920 today to schedule a consultation in Cincinnati, OH. A smile makeover will give you the confidence to smile again and enjoy the things you love doing. Remember, it's never too late to beautify your smile.
It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.
As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”
Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.
When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.
You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?
We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.
Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”