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Learn about crowns and bridges from your Colorado Springs, CO dentist.
A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges may be your best option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.
What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. A bridge is a device that uses two crowns to fill in a gap in the smile from a missing tooth. The crowns cover the two adjacent teeth, called abutments. The center of the bridge called a pontic, is a false tooth that is designed to fit in with the rest of your smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.
Who Needs Bridges?
Someone who has one or two missing teeth and wants a reasonably secure and semi-permanent solution may benefit from bridges. The bridge is needed to help make it easier to process food, maintain the structure of the jawline and give the patient a smile to be proud of. The abutment teeth have to be healthy enough to support a crown. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.
How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.
Contact your Colorado Springs, CO Dentist
Call your Colorado Springs dentist to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.
Do you have some questions from your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist about dental implants?
Here are some FAQs
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that replace missing tooth roots. The dentist drills into the jawbone, inserts the post and seals the area so osseointegration takes place for 3 to 6 months. You'll be give a temporary crown until you come back to the dentist's office and may need to make a few visits within these few months to make sure everything is going according to plan.
Then your dentist will re-open the surgical area, insert a screw and an abutment. Then, to top it off, a permanent custom-made crown is placed on top.
How many teeth can be simultaneously replaced with dental implants?
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants, and it's not restricted to top or bottom teeth either.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Your Colorado Springs dentist administers anesthetic. Your dentist will provide post-operative medication to relieve discomfort, however, like over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Icing, on the other hand, could also be very helpful.
How do you care for dental implants?
They don't differ than your regular dental regimen. You need to brush and floss daily, visit your dentist for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, get a fluoride treatment and use fluoride-containing products. This will decrease decay, inflammation and gum disease.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Heavy drinkers and chain smokers may not be the best candidates but you should ask your dentist before writing yourself off. It really comes down to bone density and only your dentist can assess that issue by completing a full oral examination, which includes x-rays.
For more information on dental implants in the Colorado Springs, CO, call Dr. Nolan Behr at (719) 591-2050 today!
Are you dealing with a nagging toothache? In some cases, dental pain can be a direct sign that you are dealing with tooth decay. Luckily, root canal treatment can restore your damaged tooth and save it from extraction. Read on to learn how Dr. Nolan Behr, your Colorado Springs dentist, uses root canal treatment to save his patients' smiles!
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is used to restore teeth whose center pulp has become infected. Some signs that the pulp inside a tooth has become infected include:
- Sharp pain when biting and chewing food
- Sensitivity to foods and drinks that are hot or cold
- Constant pressure or pain in the mouth
- Severe or persistent toothache
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the problematic tooth's infected pulp. After removing the pulp, the interior of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Finally, the tooth is filled in and sealed with dental filling. Once root canal treatment is complete, the affected tooth will be strong enough to bite and chew food again without pain or sensitivity. During a consultation at our Colorado Springs office, Dr. Behr can examine your teeth and determine if root canal treatment is needed.
Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canal treatment offers several benefits, the largest being that it saves your smile by preventing any tooth extraction. Additionally, root canal treatment alleviates the tooth pain and sensitivity caused by any infection, damage, or decay. Finally, root canal treatment stops the spread of infection to the gums or other teeth.
Give us a call!
Even if you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, it is possible to save your smile with a root canal. To find out if root canal treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Behr, your dentist in Colorado Springs, by calling the office at (719) 591-2050.
For generations, dentists have replaced missing teeth with dentures. Thankfully, today's dentures are not what your great-grandfather wore. Custom-made for proper fit, bite and appearance, dentures from your Colorado Springs dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, can give you back your smile. Learn more here about the types of dentures currently available.
What to do about tooth loss
For some of Dr. Behr's patients, dentures are the best tooth replacement option. Custom-crafted with the finest quality acrylic and metals (when appropriate), modern dentures help fully or partially edentulous patients look their best, avoiding the skin sagging and compromised biting and chewing tooth loss causes. Plus, implant-supported dentures actually improve jaw bone quality and size.
When you come to Dr. Behr's office in Colorado Springs for a denture consult, your dentist will examine your mouth to ensure your bone, gums and any remaining teeth are healthy. He'll take digital X-rays as needed. Oral impressions (either digital or traditional putty) give the dental lab the ability to construct your dentures accurately in three dimensions.
A few appointments and "try-ons" ensure your prosthetics look, feel and perform correctly, accurately balancing your bite and minimizing any problems with speech or eating. It does take a while to adjust to life with dentures. However, Dr. Behr and his team work hard to achieve the best possible result for your renewed smile.
Types of dentures
While dentures really are customized to fit oral contours precisely and to approximate natural tooth shape, size and color, these prosthetics generally fall into four broad categories. They are:
Full conventional dentures which stay in place with the mouth's suction. They are crafted to be balanced top and bottom and side to side so biting and chewing are efficient and non-irritating. Dr. Behr places these dentures after extraction sites have healed completely
Immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction to give patients fully functional smiles right away. They even speed healing as they compress the gums and bone. However, they have this disadvantage: immediate dentures must be refit or even replaced in just a few months as hard and soft tissues shrink.
Partial dentures composed of acrylic teeth and gums affixed to a metal framework. They hold tightly onto remaining teeth with snugly fitting clasps, replacing one, two or more teeth.
Implant-supported dentures which are anchored by two or more strategically placed titanium implants. They maintain jaw bone integrity and provide superior chewing and biting.
Find out more
The American College of Prosthodontists says that 120 million people in the United States have lost one or more teeth. Dentures can be the right replacement option, and it's a decision which Dr. Nolan Behr and his team can help you make. For more information on dentures, please call the office at (719) 591-2050.
Invisalign from your dentists in Villa Park, Illinois can enhance your smile
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment, but is it right for you? Very likely, the answer is YES! Invisalign can correct many of the same problems as conventional braces. Invisalign is a great choice to straighten an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. Invisalign can also correct overlapping teeth and close up spaces between your teeth. If you have rotated, poorly-positioned teeth, Invisalign can straighten those too!
Dr. Muzammil Saeed and Dr. Javed Bhojani at Villa Park Dental Care in Villa Park, Illinois can help you achieve a straight smile that enhances your appearance and your chewing function. The truth is, a straight smile is a great smile! Read below to learn what their dental office can do for you!
More about Invisalign
Invisalign has changed orthodontics dramatically. Instead of uncomfortable brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic trays, called aligners. During treatment, you simply wear the first set of aligners for two weeks and then move up to a different set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. You progress to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth and jaws move into correct alignment.
Invisalign is right for you if you want a straight smile using state-of-the-art technology that offers state-of-the-art benefits. When you choose Invisalign, you will enjoy:
- Rapid results, because Invisalign treatment is complete in as little as nine to fifteen months
- Gentle treatment, because Invisalign aligners don’t have sharp metal parts to poke into your soft tissue
- Invisible treatment, because the aligners are clear plastic, so no one will know you are straightening your teeth
- A healthy smile, because you will be able to brush and floss normally without using cumbersome tools
Straightening your teeth is the right thing to do for both your appearance and your life—and Invisalign is a fantastic way to achieve your new smile! Invisalign offers benefits that conventional orthodontics can’t match.
Interested? Contact Us Today!
Find out more about Invisalign by calling Dr. Muzammil Saeed and Dr. Javed Bhojani at Villa Park Dental Care in Villa Park, Illinois. You deserve a straight, beautiful smile and Invisalign can help you do so. Call (630) 359-0105 today!