By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
March 04, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   dental crowns  

How dental crowns from your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can strengthen your smile

Do your teeth need a second chance? Perhaps they are damaged from everyday habits like chewing on hard foods. Maybe they are worn down from normal aging. Whatever has happened to your teeth, they deserve a second chance, and dental crowns can give it to them.

Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser of Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, offer a wide range of family dentistry services, including dental crowns to strengthen your smile.

Did you know dental crowns can protect damaged teeth better than a large filling? That’s because a dental crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth to the gumline. It’s like a miniature suit-of-armor protecting your tooth. When you bite down on a crown, the biting stress and pressure are spread evenly across the tooth surface, guarding it against breakage.

On the other hand, when you have a large filling, the filling can separate your tooth into sections, weakening it. When you bite down on a large filling, there is a chance of your filling shearing off, and taking vital tooth structure with it.

Strengthening your damaged teeth is only part of the benefits of dental crowns. They can also make your smile more attractive! That’s because a common dental crown material is porcelain, which offers these important benefits:

  • Porcelain is light-reflective, just like natural tooth enamel
  • Porcelain closely resembles the appearance of natural tooth structure
  • Porcelain is stain-resistant, so your new porcelain crown will stay beautiful for years.

A full porcelain crown is a perfect choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when smiling. For back teeth, it’s a good idea to have a little more strength. That’s why a porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crown is a great choice. PFM crowns offer the beauty of porcelain, combined with the strength of a metal underlay.

Give your teeth and your smile a second chance with dental crowns. To find out more about how dental crowns can strengthen your smile, talk to the experts. Call Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Grieser of Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, at (360) 895-4321. Give your damaged teeth a second chance by calling today!

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
January 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're unhappy with your smile, your Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Drs. Tracy Sullivan and Peter Grieser can help. The dentists offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that will enhance your smile.

Got a dull smile? Teeth whitening can renew your appearance

Teeth naturally become duller over time. Aging and food, beverage and tobacco stains may make your teeth look stained and yellow. Fortunately, your dentists can help you get rid of stains with teeth whitening. The professional whitening gel they use breaks apart stains deep inside your tooth enamel, leaving teeth as much as eight shades whiter. As one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry services, whitening is a good option if you'd like to revitalize your appearance without spending a lot.

Have you lost a tooth? Your dentists can fill the gaps

Gaps completely change your smile, but luckily, the changes don't have to be permanent. Bridges, dentures and dental implants replace your lost teeth, improve your appearance, restore your normal biting power, making it easier to speak clearly, and prevent bite problems due to shifting teeth.

Do you feel self-conscious because of dental flaws? Veneers may offer the ideal solution

Tooth-shaped shells called veneers keep many types of flaws out of sight. The shells are no thicker than a fingernail and are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. The restorations are very effective in:

  • Hiding tooth damage, such as cracks or chips
  • Smoothing uneven teeth
  • Changing the shape or length of teeth
  • Concealing discolorations or whitening your entire smile
  • Improving the appearance of oddly shaped teeth
  • Closing slight gaps

Do you have fragile, broken or unattractive teeth? Multi-purpose dental crowns offer the ideal solution

Versatile crowns improve the appearance and function of your teeth. The hollow restorations fit over the tops of teeth and cover them completely. During your visit to the Port Orchard dental office, your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • Your tooth is broken or fractured.
  • Your tooth danger of breaking or fracturing because it's fragile or cracked.
  • Your tooth is too short or oddly shaped.
  • You have discolored teeth or other flaws.

Upgrade your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Call your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, Drs. Tracy Sullivan and Peter Grieser, at (360) 895-4321 to schedule your appointment.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridge  

When taken care of correctly, dental bridges can last for several decades, but eventually, they will need to be repaired or replaced. Dr. Peter A. Grieser and Dr. Tracy C. Sullivan are dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA. They are dedicated to providing the best quality dental treatment for each of their patients. They can fix you up with a replacement dental bridge or crowns.

Why You May Need to Replace your Dental Bridge

Typically, Port Orchard dental patients’ dental bridges are comprised of porcelain prosthetic teeth cemented to a metal frame. Occasionally these devices can fail. Problems with a dental bridge include:

  • Fractured abutment teeth
  • Decay in abutment teeth
  • A cracked crown
  • Structural problems with the bridge

Dental Bridge Repair

If you are having problems with your bridge and crowns or you notice cracks or chips in the bridge, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be possible to repair the bridge, but this will depend on the cause of the failure. If there is only minor damage to the coating of the crown, this can be repaired with bonding. But often, if the bridge is old, it will need to be replaced.

Taking Care of Your New Bridge

The best way to ensure the longevity of your bridge and crowns is to practice good oral care. That means brushing your teeth twice each day with good fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily. If you are not sure which is the best toothpaste to prevent cavities and plaque buildup on your abutment teeth, ask your dentist to make a recommendation.

If you live in Port Orchard and you are looking for a family dentist, call Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan at (360) 895-4321 to schedule an appointment.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let a cavity go ignored.

We know that finding out that you have a cavity is never the news you want to hear from our dentists Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan. Unfortunately, cavities are one of the most common dental problems to affect everyone from children to seniors. Here at Family Dental Associates, you can rest assured that you will always get dental fillings from our Port Orchard, WA, dentists that are made from high-quality material that resembles real tooth enamel.

Why choose tooth-colored fillings?

In the past, it was more common to place metal fillings. Perhaps you have one or you know someone who has an amalgam filling. Of course, these fillings are quite visible. This is why our Port Orchard, WA, dentist provides patients with tooth-colored fillings. These restorations blend right in with the rest of your tooth so no one, not even you, will notice it.

What are tooth-colored fillings made from?

The most common material used for these types of fillings is a composite resin because it can be matched to the color of your tooth. This resin is also moldable, making it easy to apply and shape the filling to restore the tooth after the decay has been removed.

Once the filling is in place, our Port Orchard, WA, dentist will need to use a laser to permanently bond the filling directly to the tooth. Since this type of filling bonds directly to tooth enamel, we can preserve more of the tooth’s healthy structure than we would with amalgam fillings.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

You may be surprised to discover that composite resin fillings are actually quite durable. The material alone is strong and, coupled with the fact that it bonds directly to the tooth, makes it even more resilient. Most people can maintain fillings for up to 10 years or more before they need to be replaced. Of course, during your six-month cleanings our Port Orchard, WA, family dentist will also check your filling to make sure that it doesn’t need to be replaced.

Do you have questions about getting tooth-colored fillings? If so, call Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, today at (360) 895-4321 to learn more.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
June 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Improve your oral care routine to help you get a whiter smile.

You love coffee. Unfortunately, coffee doesn’t exactly love your teeth. Teeth are made up of incredibly tough material known as enamel. Enamel is also porous. Think about all the cups of coffee you consume in a week and you’ll get an idea of just how dull and yellow your teeth can become over the years. The good news is that our Port Orchard, WA, dentists Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Kevin Yoder have ways to help people keep their pearly whites their whitest.

Improve Your Oral Hygiene

If you sometimes skip out on flossing before going to bed or you don’t often brush your teeth in the morning before heading to work then these missteps in caring for your smile can leave you with dull, yellowing teeth. Everyone from children to seniors should brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily.

Watch What You Eat

There are many foods and drinks that can cause yellowing teeth over time. While avoiding all dark foods and drinks is nearly impossible you should definitely limit foods and drinks such as,

  • Sports drinks
  • Sodas
  • Coffee and black tea
  • Wine
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce and other dark condiments

Use Proper Dental Tools

The tools you use to clean your teeth can also make a world a difference when it comes to removing stains and preventing new stains. For example, if you find it difficult to reach certain areas of your teeth with a traditional manual toothbrush then you may want to consider replacing it with an electric toothbrush, which also provides the perfect amount of pressure on teeth to scrub away food particles, bacteria and plaque, which can stain teeth if left behind.

You may also want to consider a whitening toothpaste, which contains active ingredients that can impart subtle improvements on the overall color and brightness of your smile. A whitening toothpaste can also be a great way to prevent stains.

If you still aren’t seeing results after improving your dental routine and trying at-home whitening treatment then it may be time to consider talking with our dentists here in Port Orchard, WA, about getting cosmetic dentistry. To schedule a consultation call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321.





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