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By Skinner Family Dentistry
December 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

If you have teeth that are damaged from trauma or decay, dental crowns can help restore their function and appearance. Crowns are tooth-shaped coverings made out of a strong material, such as porcelain or metal. Their purpose is to restore the shape of your natural Crownstooth, keeping your bite aligned and protecting you from further damage. If you are thinking about getting a crown to improve your smile, contact Gregory P. Skinner, D.D.S an experienced dentist in Roanoke, VA.

What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

Dental crowns are often used to cover teeth that have been fractured, severely decayed, or lost. Visible teeth are often crowned with materials such as porcelain which can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Crowns for back teeth are often made out of high strength porcelain or high strength gold, due to their superior strength and ability to withstand the pressure from chewing.

Crowns can protect teeth that have been:

  • Fractured or chipped

  • Weakened

  • Extensively decayed

  • Treated with root canal therapy

  • Replaced with dental implants

The Importance of Strengthening Damaged Teeth

The strong materials of dental crowns act as a buffer to prevent mechanical forces from further damaging weak teeth. A tooth that is covered by a crown is better protected from infection and decay.

Even if you just have one affected tooth, it’s vital to treat the initial damage early. This is because a problem in one tooth can lead to problems in the surrounding teeth as well. A weak tooth is prone to damage and decay, which can quickly lead to infection and the need for more extensive treatment. Damaged teeth can also affect the alignment of your bite. This puts excessive pressure on the surrounding teeth, making them more susceptible to future problems.

Roanoke Dental Care

If you have weak or damaged teeth, it's still possible to protect them and save your natural teeth. Take action now to keep your teeth strong for the long run.

Gregory P. Skinner, D.D.S is an experienced dentist in Roanoke, VA who can help you find the best way to strengthen and protect your teeth. Request your appointment at Skinner Family Dentistry or call (540) 344-6688 today!

By Gregory P. Skinner, DDS, PC
April 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”