Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
June 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Need dental crowns? Offered by Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, dental crowns are 'caps' that cover the outside of the teethdental-crowns to correct a variety of dental issues. Read on to learn some of the benefits of these dental restorations, and give our Port Orchard office a call to receive treatment from Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, or Dr. Kevin Yoder!

1. They can restore decayed teeth. Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure. Causes of decay include frequent snacking, bad oral hygiene, and drinking sugary beverages. Dental crowns are used to restore badly decayed teeth during a procedure in which the decayed parts are removed and the crowns are placed over the healthy structure.

2. They can enhance your smile. Due to how porcelain crowns resemble the translucency and luster of natural teeth, these restorations can actually improve the appearance of your smile! Your dentist can choose from over a dozen shades to give you a crown that is better matched to the color of your existing teeth.

3. They can protect your teeth. When teeth are severely damaged by tooth decay, infection, or trauma, they become much weaker. Luckily, dental crowns can protect your weakened or fractured teeth from further damage!

4. They can fix discolored teeth. If you use tobacco products or drink an excess of teeth, your teeth will darken over time. Certain medications such as antihistamines and drugs for high blood pressure can also majorly stain teeth. Crowns can cover your discolored teeth and keep them looking their best for years to come!

5. They can last a lifetime. On average, crowns last between 5 and 15 years. However, with proper care, dental crowns can last a lifetime! To help extend the longevity of your teeth, you should avoid such habits as clenching or grinding your teeth, biting your fingernails, biting hard candy or ice, and using your teeth to open packaging.

If you need dental crowns, call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Port Orchard, WA. Remember, healthy smiles are the happiest smiles!

By Family Dental Associates
May 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Porcelain dental restorations such as dental crowns and bridges are important to correcting various issues with the smile, such as dental-crownsreplacing and stabilizing damaged teeth. Find out more about dental crowns and bridges and how porcelain restorations can help your smile with Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, and Dr. Kevin Yoder at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA.

 

What is a dental crown?

Normally used in situations which require the stabilization of a damaged tooth, dental crowns cover a tooth on all sides—including the top. The crown fits perfectly onto an existing tooth thanks to a dental laboratory, who handcrafts each restoration based on a clay mold of the patient’s mouth.

 

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by spanning the gap between two healthy teeth. Two dental crowns hold a bridge in place, securing it permanently into your smile. Removable bridges use metal clasps to attach to the surrounding teeth.

 

What is the process for placing a dental crown or bridge?

Since a crown holds a bridge in place, the process for placing both restorations is the same. First, your Port Orchard dentist prepares the tooth or teeth that will receive crowns by shaving off a thin layer of enamel from its top and sides. Then, they take a mold of the mouth, which the laboratory uses to create the restoration itself. Finally, at a second appointment, your dentist places the crown or bridge onto the prepared tooth or teeth. Your dentist may suggest placing a temporary crown on the prepared tooth between your first and second appointments.

 

Crowns and Bridges in Port Orchard, WA

Crowns and bridges can breathe new life into a damaged, decayed, or gapped smile. The best way to determine if a porcelain restoration is the best option for your smile is by talking with your dentist at an in-office consultation.

For more information on porcelain dental restorations such as crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, and Dr. Kevin Yoder at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA. Call (360) 895-4321 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Family Dental Associates
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Need veneers from your Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Drs. Peter A. Grieser, Tracy C. Sullivan, and Kevin L. Yoder?

Woman With Veneers SmilingVeneers beautify your smile by providing good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers can improve any of the following characteristics, such as color; teeth become stained by foods and drinks, smoking, chewing tobacco and aging, size and shape; teeth become worn down from teeth grinding habits and naturally irregular-shaped teeth, and alignment and spacing; veneers can close small gaps between teeth and/or make minor adjustments to correct tooth alignment.

Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that are wafer-thin coverings bonded on the teeth's surface to replace tooth enamel. Veneers create a natural-looking surface when cemented to the surface of your teeth. Veneers, like natural tooth enamel, are tough and translucent, however, they do not stain like natural teeth.

Creating a New Smile with Veneers

The first step in creating a new smile with porcelain dental veneers is:

  1. Communicate exactly what you don't like about your smile and show your doctor an image of what you'd want your teeth to look like.
  2. Your teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of natural tooth enamel.
  3. Molds of your teeth will be taken and used by a dental laboratory to create veneers.
  4. You will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear for a few weeks until your permanent veneers are created.
  5. When veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth.

Caring for Dental Veneers

  • Gentle brushing and flossing every day to remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around veneers.
  • Regular dental checkups at your Port Orchard dental office.
  • As tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand extreme forces, like using your teeth to open packages.
  • Use a nightguard if you have a teeth grinding problem.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, call your Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Drs. Peter A. Grieser, Tracy C. Sullivan, and Kevin L. Yoder, today!

By Family Dental Associates
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Your smile is one of the first things others notice about your appearance. Luckily, ensuring that you make a great first impression to anyone you meet is easy with help from your cosmetic dentist. Learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options and which could be right for you by reading below, and contact Family Dental Associations in Port Orchard, WA, for more information on any treatment that you are interested in!

What is cosmetic dentistry? 
Though some cosmetic dentistry treatments can improve the functionality of your smile, this facet of dentistry focuses on making your smile appear more beautiful. Cosmetic dentistry can whiten the color of your teeth, repair chips or cracks, and even overhaul your smile altogether to give it an entirely different appearance.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Port Orchard, WA

- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is an easy way to make a big impact on your smile. A single hour-long session can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades brighter, giving you a smile that you will absolutely love.

- Dental Bonding: Dental bonding uses a composite resin material molded directly onto the tooth to change the appearance, repair cracks or chips, and breathe new life into an imperfect smile.

- Crowns: Often referred to as “caps,” dental crowns cover a tooth from the top to surround it on all sides. The crown can protect a compromised tooth from damage, stabilize a tooth with a large filling, or simply change the appearance of a tooth.

- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root. Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, however, implants are permanent and nonremovable, giving you the freedom to eat, drink, and speak without second-guessing yourself.

- Veneers: Veneers combine the ideas of several cosmetic procedures into a single treatment. Made from porcelain, a veneer fits over the surface of a tooth to change its color, length, or width, repair cracks, chips or other imperfections, or completely change the tooth’s appearance altogether.

For more information on common cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact your dentists Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, and Dr. Kevin Yoder at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA. Call 360-895-4321 to speak with an associate about scheduling a consultation for a cosmetic dentistry procedure today!

By Family Dental Associates
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

No one can tell what you've done to improve your appearance, but frankly, you look great--younger, more vibrant. What's your secret? It's cosmetic dentistrythe cosmetic dentistry treatments you had at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA. Some teeth whitening and repair of a small gap and chip make your smile just right. Could cosmetic dentists, Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, and Dr. Kevin Yoder, do the same for your friends and loved ones?

Cosmetic dentistry at its best

At Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, that's just what this dedicated team of professionals delivers. When people have deep dental stains, embarrassing chips and cracks, or unhealthy dental alignment, the solution is a customized treatment plan which uses state-of-the-art processes and high-quality materials to enhance smile aesthetics.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most Americans think a smile reflects a person's true personality. So, when teeth and gums look less than their very best, self-confidence and first impressions suffer.

What's the solution? Family Dental Associates helps patients of all ages achieve their best smiles with individualized care plans which address those disturbing flaws. High-tech digital X-rays, CT scans, and exceptional artistic skill help the cosmetic dentist in Port Orchard advise patients on what treatments would enhance their:

  • Smile width and height
  • Tooth color, length, and shape
  • Dental alignment
  • Gum tissue

Offered services

The skill set at Family Dental Associates is wide and varied. Dr. Grieser, Dr. Sullivan, and Dr. Yoder offer just what you need--no more, no less--to achieve your cosmetic goals. Their innovative services include:

  • Dental contouring, a minimally invasive way to normalize irregular tooth shape and flaws in enamel surfaces, corners, and edges
  • Composite resin bonding, an additive treatment which uses a tooth-colored blend of glass particles and acrylic to repair gaps, chips, pits, and cracks (often the finishing touch on larger smile makeovers)
  • Invisalign clear orthodontic appliances, a nearly invisible way to correct smile alignment without metal braces
  • Porcelain veneers, translucent shells of dental ceramic, bonded to the front of teeth ruined by deep stains, cracks, and other obvious defects
  • Professional teeth whitening, the fast, effective way to lift tobacco and food stains from tooth enamel (available as in-office or at-home versions)

Restorative services, such as dental implants, porcelain crowns, and tooth-colored fillings, not only rebuild smiles, but they beautify them as well.

You have options

When you smile, it shows that you decided to choose the best cosmetic dentistry options available. Please tell others how and why your smile became so vibrant and healthy, and ask them to call Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, for their own smile analysis: (360) 895-4321.



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