Posts for tag: crowns

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
December 16, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Is a failing tooth threatening your oral health? What about that gap--would you like to fill it and smile, bite, and chew as you used to? At Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Todd Brower offers beautiful porcelain crowns and fixed bridgework to complete smiles, making them strong and functional. Come to our Holland, MI, office for a visit with this experienced dentist.

What is a dental crown?

Used for decades to cover, support, and enhance the appearance of a decayed, weak, fractured or infected tooth, a crown features tooth-colored porcelain and exceptional crafting techniques. In his Holland office, Dr. Brower recommends crown placement as a superior alternative to extraction and its smile-damaging consequences. If you have received dental implants, crowns will restore those as well.

To receive a crown, your dentist will examine and X-ray your tooth first. If it's infected, you may have a root canal procedure first to remove the inflamed pulp and strengthen it with a rubbery sealant. Once your tooth is stable and shaped to receive the crown, Dr. Brower glues it in place and adjusts the bite and fit.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that spans a smile gap created by the loss of one or more teeth. Conventional bridges are composed of pontic, or artificial, teeth and two or more crowns. These crowns affix to teeth adjacent to the smile gap.

Depending on circumstances, your dentist may select a cantilevered bridge attached to natural teeth on a single side of the smile gap. Alternatively, a Maryland bridge attaches the pontic teeth with metal wings bonded to the tongue-side of natural teeth.

Finally, Dr. Brower offers implant-supported bridges. One or more implants carry the artificial teeth and actually improve your bone structure and gum tissue.

What do you need?

Anyone who has lost teeth needs the best possible tooth replacements. Bridgework and crowns help your oral function, facial appearance, and self-confidence. Plus, if you have been symptomatic, these restorations eliminate the pain, sensitivity, and other discomforts associated with failing teeth.

Contact us to learn more

At Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, Mi, Dr. Todd Brower wishes the best of oral health and smile aesthetics for all his patients. For more information on improving your smile with crowns and bridges, see your dentist for an in-office consultation. Phone us today at (616) 399-3600.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
March 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant Replaces Missing TeethDental implants provide a comfortable, long-lasting option if you're missing one or more teeth. Your dentist, Dr. Todd Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, helps his patients care for their smiles with a variety of dental services, including dental implants—read on to learn more!

 

How dental implants restore your smile

Tooth loss doesn't just affect your appearance, but can also increase your risk of developing oral health problems. Once you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth react by slowly drifting toward the gap. Unfortunately, this can change your bite and also make brushing and flossing more difficult, due to overlapping teeth.

Your jawbone may also begin to shrink after tooth loss, particularly if you've lost several teeth. This problem occurs because the tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate the bone. As the jawbone bone shrinks during a process called resorption, teeth may loosen and even fall out. Resorption can also contribute to sagging in the muscles of your lower face.

Dental implants help you avoid these problems by restoring missing teeth from the roots up. After treatment, your new tooth will consist of:

  • The Implant: Dental implants are placed directly in your jawbone to replace your natural roots. These screw-like implants are made of titanium, a metal that naturally bonds to your bone. The bonding process takes about three to six months and is a crucial part of the implant process.
  • The Abutment: The abutment connects the dental implant to your dental crown. It is added to the implant after bonding is complete. During your abutment appointment, your Holland dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown fits perfectly.
  • The Crown: Crowns are artificial teeth designed that fill the noticeable gaps in your smile. Since your crowns are firmly attached to your implants, they won't slip or slide when you eat and feel very much like your natural teeth.

Your new implants will exert constant pressure on your jawbone in order to prevent resorption, the shifting of teeth, and facial sagging. Due to this amazing stability, your implants could very well last you for a lifetime.

 

Interested? Contact us today!

Are you ready to restore missing teeth with dental implants? Call our Holland, MI, office today at (616) 399-3600 to schedule your appointment!