Posts for: February, 2018
There have been a number of revolutionary developments in dental technology in the last few decades, from dental implants to tooth-colored fillings and Invisalign clear aligner trays. But sometimes classic treatments like crowns are the best option for repairing a chipped, cracked, or severely decayed tooth. Drs. Joseph and Nina Zeigler offer a number of cosmetic and restorative dental services in Saint Louis, MO, to help strengthen your teeth and improve your oral health.
Fortify Your Teeth with Dental Crowns in Saint Louis, MO
Crowns are one of the most effective dental restorations because they can be used to both replace a missing tooth, or strengthen a badly damaged or decayed tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted. When a cavity is too large to be repaired with a filling, a crown can restore function and cosmetic appearance, and protect as much of the remaining healthy tooth surface as possible.
How Dental Crowns Work
Dental crowns cover the damaged tooth to improve its function and aesthetic appearance. Crowns are custom designed for the best fit, so the dentist will design the crown to match the color and texture of your teeth for a natural finish. Once in place, a good dental crown is virtually impossible to distinguish from the rest of your teeth. With good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, crowns can last for a minimum of five to ten years, often longer.
What is a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing a tooth, a crown can be designed to fill in the gap. A dental bridge consists of the initial crown and two additional crowns on either side, which are placed over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (also known as abutment teeth) to secure the crown in place.
Find a Dentist in Saint Louis, MO
For more information, contact our office by calling (314) 872-7590 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph or Nina Zeigler today.
Transforming your smile with veneers, crowns or other restorations could be a life-changing decision. To help make that change a successful one, it’s possible to fit you with a kind of temporary restoration that allows you to “try out” your new look and even make modifications before you receive the permanent one.
Referred to as a prototype or provisional restoration, it’s different from other temporary, “one-size-fits-all” restorations that serve mainly a functional purpose until the permanent restoration is ready. By contrast, a provisional restoration is a customized “blueprint” of the final restoration so you can better communicate with your dentist to get what you want.
Provisional restorations are test runs — they help both patient and dentist evaluate three key areas critical to ultimate success:
Your Smile — with provisional restorations you can get input from others (and from what you see in the mirror) regarding tooth coloring and how it blends with other teeth, the attractiveness of the crown shapes, and whether the teeth appear proportional and balanced with the gums.
Your Facial Appearance — changing the look of teeth may also alter overall facial appearance. Do the new teeth fit well with the lips and other facial features? Do they change the smile line, and does it appear harmonious with the rest of the face?
Your Mouth Function — There’s more to teeth, of course, than how they look. Teeth are essential for biting, chewing and speaking. So, can you perform these tasks comfortably with the provisional restoration?
While you’re wearing the provisional restoration, we’ll discuss these and other areas, what might look or work better, or if you feel we’ve hit the mark just right. We can then modify or verify our specifications with the dental lab creating the final restoration.
Of course, a provisional restoration will allow you to function normally like other temporary options. But their custom detail serves a higher purpose — to help us improve your future smile.
If you would like more information on customized temporary restorations, 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 “Concepts in Temporary Restorations.”