Posts for: December, 2020

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.

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1880 Pottery Avenue Suite 200
Port Orchard, WA 98366
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