Posts for: January, 2019
Sometimes a chipped, fractured, or badly decayed tooth is all it takes to damage an otherwise healthy smile and make it difficult to eat and even keep up with your oral hygiene. Dental crowns help to improve both the cosmetic and functional aspects of decayed or damaged teeth and can makeover your smile in just a few office visits. Dr. Jeff Kim, the dentist at Ultimate Dental Studio offers general, periodontal, and cosmetic dentistry services in Port Orange, FL.
A New Smile with Dental Crowns in Port Orange, FL
Dental crowns cover a damaged tooth and restore lost tooth surface, improving your smile and saving teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted due to severe decay or trauma in many cases. Crowns also replace missing teeth through a dental bridge.
The Difference Between Crowns and Veneers
Both options improve the appearance of damaged and fractured teeth, but veneers consist of a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin material that is bonded onto the surface of the tooth to change the size, shape, or color for cosmetic purposes. A crown is literally a cover that restores lost tooth surface or an entire tooth, and is more appropriate for significant damage to large portions of a tooth.
Crowns are used in a number of scenarios including:
- To restore a broken or severely decayed tooth
- To replace a missing tooth through a dental bridge
- To strengthen a fractured tooth
- To cover repair a cosmetically damaged or unattractive tooth
Caring for Dental Crowns
Like your natural teeth, dental crowns require thorough oral hygiene care and regular dental exams in order to last. With proper care, the typical crown can last for many years.
Find a Dentist in Port Orange, FL
For more information about dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options, contact Ultimate Dental Studio by calling (386) 322-4867 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim today.
As permanent teeth gradually replace primary (“baby”) teeth, most will come in by early adolescence. But the back third molars—the wisdom teeth—are often the last to the party, usually erupting between ages 18 and 24, and the source of possible problems.
This is because the wisdom teeth often erupt on an already crowded jaw populated by other teeth. As a result, they can be impacted, meaning they may erupt partially or not at all and remain largely below the gum surface.
An impacted tooth can impinge on its neighboring teeth and damage their roots or disrupt their protective gum attachment, all of which makes them more susceptible to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Impacted teeth can also foster the formation of infected cysts that create areas of bone loss or painful infections in the gums of other teeth.
Even when symptoms like these aren’t present, many dentists recommend removing the wisdom teeth as a preemptive measure against future problems or disease. This often requires a surgical extraction: in fact, wisdom teeth removal is the most common oral surgical procedure.
But now there’s a growing consensus among dentists that removing or not removing wisdom teeth should depend on an individual’s unique circumstances. Patients who are having adverse oral health effects from impacted wisdom teeth should consider removing them, especially if they’ve already encountered dental disease. But the extraction decision isn’t as easy for patients with no current signs of either impaction or disease. That doesn’t mean their situation won’t change in the future.
One way to manage all these potentialities is a strategy called active surveillance. With this approach, patient and dentist keep a close eye on wisdom teeth development and possible signs of impaction or disease. Most dentists recommend carefully examining the wisdom teeth (including diagnostic x-rays and other imaging) every 24 months.
Following this strategy doesn’t mean the patient won’t eventually have their wisdom teeth removed, but not until there are clearer signs of trouble. But whatever the outcome might be, dealing properly with wisdom teeth is a high priority for preventing future oral health problems.
If you would like more information on wisdom teeth and their potential impact on dental health, 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 “Wisdom Teeth: Coming of Age May Come with a Dilemma.”