Good Teeth = Good Health
General Dentistry. Also, we perform most all procedures in house.
According to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease (gum disease), which can cause tooth loss, may be linked with cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, premature or low birth weight infants and diabetes.
Given the potential link between periodontitis and serious health problems, seems like prevention may be an important step in maintaining overall health.
What you should do
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day.
- Clean between your teeth with floss once a day.
- Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse daily
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks.
- Schedule regular dental checkups.
- Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar that traps bacteria along the gum line.
Dr. Andrea Botar can answer your questions about research linking healthy mouths and healthy bodies.
First of all, If you notice any of these General Dentistry signs, see Dr.Andrea Botar as soon as possible:
- when your gums bleed while brushing and flossing
- as soon as you notice red, swollen or tender gums
- when gums seems like they have pulled away from your teeth
- when you notice persistent bad breath
- if you have loose or separating teeth
- when you notice a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- if you grind and/or clench your teeth during the day or night
- if you notice change in the fit of partial dentures
A Crown for a Tooth
Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner.
However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.
The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacement of teeth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth.
The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.
The crown serves two important functions. First, it restores the appearance of your teeth and your face. If your tooth is severely decayed or cracked, the dentist will need to restore it prior to preparing a cap. Teeth also support the muscles in our faces, so anything less than a full tooth may affect the way you look.
Second, a crown will be the same size and shape as the natural tooth. As a result, it will keep your jaw and bite aligned; it will also make sure that other teeth don’t shift locations or take on a greater share of the work of biting and chewing.
Dental crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain. Crowns also can be made of stainless steel, but those crowns are often temporary and not designed for long-term wear.
Porcelain crowns usually are built on a metal base, which fits snugly over the natural tooth. We will choose a porcelain that matches the color of your natural teeth.
Porcelain crowns usually are so carefully matched in color, they cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain crowns for their cosmetic appearance and the confidence it gives them.
New materials are now available that allow the use of “all-ceramic” crowns in some cases. They have a beautiful life-like appearance and short-term studies support their success, with long-term trials ongoing.
Crowns also can be made of all gold. Some people prefer not to use gold because it stands out from the other teeth in appearance. At the same time, if the crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one. We will discuss the types of materials available if we recommend a crown.
An Ounce of Prevention Is Still the Rule!
Once your crown is in place, make sure the area is brushed well and that you floss below the gum line. While the crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay, you must protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease.
Regular brushing and flossing as you would your natural teeth will ensure that your crown will be in place for years to come!
Dental crowns that reflect light with a natural healthy glow are now available.