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By Nolan R Behr DDS
February 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns can help your smile in several ways. For instance, dental crowns can conceal various cosmetic imperfections, such as dental crownsstains or cracks in teeth. Dental crowns can also protect and strengthen weak or damaged teeth, as well as restore normal biting and chewing functions in those teeth. Additionally, when installed with a dental implant, crowns fill in gaps and replace missing teeth. Your dentist can help you decide if dental crowns are right for you. Dr. Nolan Behr is your dentist in Colorado Springs for dental implants.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a protective cap that completely encapsulates a natural tooth. When teeth are damaged or become worn down, they can be too weak or sensitive to properly bite and chew food. When a dental crown is placed over a weak tooth, it protects it from further damage. With the crown in place, the tooth is strengthened and normal biting and chewing functions can resume without any more difficulty.

In addition to the benefits of strengthening weak or damaged teeth and restoring normal tooth functions, another benefit of dental crowns is that they look just like natural teeth. Once placed, a dental crown looks and functions like a natural tooth and no one will know it is actually a crown. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, but porcelain is common since it closely matches the look of natural tooth enamel. Crowns can also be color matched to your existing teeth for the most natural look possible.

How Dental Crowns Help

From cosmetic to functional reasons, there are many ways in which dental crowns can help you. In Colorado Springs, dental crowns can be installed by an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Behr, who can help you decide if crowns are right for you. Dental crowns help with the following problems and concerns:

  • Weak or damaged teeth
  • Inability to bite and chew normally
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Stains and discolorations on teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Missing teeth

Dental crowns can help you and your smile in many ways. Whether you wish to improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic imperfections or need to strengthen a damaged tooth and restore normal functioning, dental crowns can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Behr, your Colorado Springs dentist for dental crowns, call the office at (719) 591-2050.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
April 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out what this dental prosthetic could do for you?dentures

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Are you trying to figure out the best way to replace your missing teeth? If you are someone who has lost a lot or even all of your teeth then you may want to consider the advantages of getting dentures. Our Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Nolan Behr offers the latest in dental technology so that you always get dentures with the best possible look and fit.

Here’s what both partial and complete dentures can do for you:

Fill Out Your Smile

Having gaps in your smile can be embarrassing, so having a restoration that fills those gaps with artificial teeth that are made to look like real teeth will be a major boon to your oral health and appearance.

Boost Your Self-Confidence

Missing teeth can make for rather uncomfortable social situations if you feel self-conscious about your smile. By getting dentures from our Colorado Springs general dentist, you’ll fill those spaces with a restoration that is crafted to look like teeth and surrounding gums. Knowing you can smile without those unsightly gaps can be a major benefit to someone’s self-esteem.

Prevent Misalignments

Once you lose teeth, the rest of your teeth will naturally begin to shift into the open gaps. This can lead to misalignments, uneven spacing and even crookedness. Having denture that can fill these spaces will also keep the rest of your teeth in place.

No Surgery is Required

Most people find dental implants to be a really great option until they realize that it takes a couple surgeries and several months to complete. While this might not be a concern for some patients, if you are someone who really wants to avoid surgery at all costs but still wants to replace missing teeth, then it might be time to talk to us about whether dentures are the best option.

If you are interested in getting dentures in Colorado Springs, CO then it’s time to give us a call to book a consultation. Let’s sit down and determine the best dental treatment possible to get you that beautiful smile back.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
January 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A damaged tooth could find a second chance at life with a dental crown.

You are ready to hit the field. You have your gear on, you’ve warmed up and now you are ready to play some football. There is just onedental crowns rather big issue: you didn’t put in your mouthguard. Maybe you never wear a mouthguard or you don’t think you need one but once you get knocked in the mouth you suddenly realize why it is so important to protect your teeth. If you have a cracked, broken or fractured tooth our Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Nolan Behr can restore your tooth with a dental crown.

What is a dental crown and what is its purpose?

Whether you’ve heard someone call it a crown or a cap, this hollow restoration is an artificial tooth that is placed over the entire visible portion of a tooth that has been damaged or has had extensive decay. The purpose of the crown is to protect the weakened tooth from sustaining further damage. Of course, there are other situations in which our Colorado Springs, CO general dentist may also recommend getting a dental crown:

  • To cover a malformed, misshapen or unsightly tooth to improve its appearance
  • To support a dental bridge (which is used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row)
  • To cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth

How do I get a crown?

The first thing you will do is come into our office for a consultation. We will examine the problem tooth or teeth to determine if a crown is the right restoration. If we do decide that a crown could improve the health of your smile, these are some of the steps you will go through to get a dental crown in Colorado Springs:

  • A local anesthetic is administered.
  • We prepare the tooth to make room for the dental crown.
  • We then take impressions of the prepared tooth. These impressions are sent to an outside lab so they can use it to create a properly fitted crown.
  • In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it.
  • Once your permanent crown is ready we will remove the temporary one and then check the bite, fit, shape and color of the crown. If everything looks great, we will go ahead and cement the crown in place.

Don’t let damaged teeth ruin the health of your smile. It’s a simple fix with dental crowns. Call our Colorado Springs dental office today to schedule your next appointment and find out if dental crowns are right for you.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
October 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're considering replacing a tooth that you've lost, you have several options. The most durable, attractive and long-lasting option is a dental implantsdental implant. These restorations come highly recommended by your Colorado Springs, CO dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, who has received extensive training in the science and art of designing and placing them. If you're curious about dental implants, this is the blog post for you.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a tooth restoration made up of three parts: the post, the abutment and the crown. The post and abutment are both tiny segments of metal; the post looks like a miniature screw and the abutment is an even smaller, cylindrical piece. They are both made from titanium, which is lightweight, impervious to corrosion and hypoallergenic. The crown, made from porcelain, is the visible portion of the implant. It looks exactly like a natural tooth and is crafted to match the color and shape of your teeth.

How are dental implants placed?

Your Colorado Springs dentist starts the process of placing your dental implants with a minor surgical procedure that will situate the post in the jawbone. Although the idea of a dental surgery can be a bit daunting, patients who have had this procedure often compare it to a simple cavity filling. The initial healing process is fairly simple as well, due to the fact that the site will be stitched closed.

After a few months, you will return to Dr. Behr's Colorado Springs office and the post's placement will be checked on an x-ray. If the post has integrated with the jawbone, you'll be ready for the next step in the dental implant process: the abutment. A tiny incision will be made directly over the post and the abutment will be attached to it. The crown, which attaches to the top of the abutment, finishes off the dental implant. The result is a natural-looking and durable tooth replacement.

We look forward to working with you to achieve your best smile. Contact the dental office of Dr. Nolan Behr in Colorado Springs, CO to set up your consultation appointment today!