Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Family Dental Associates
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental fillings don't have to change the way your teeth look. Tooth-colored fillings, a common cosmetic dentistry treatment, offer a more fillingsnatural appearance. Port Orchard, WA, dentists Drs. Tracy Sullivan, Kevin Yoder and Peter Grieser discuss several advantages of tooth-colored fillings.

No clashing colors

Silver amalgam fillings may have offered an effective way to restore teeth damaged by cavities in the past, but they were never attractive. Every time you spoke or laughed, your dental work was visible. Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material that's tinted to match the shade of your teeth.

Because silver is a dark color, your filled tooth may look slightly discolored if you have a large filling. Silver amalgam fillings can actually change the color of your tooth enamel if they begin to leak years after you receive them. These disturbing changes aren't an issue when your teeth are filled with composite resin.

Reduced risk of cracks or breaks

Removing the decayed part of your tooth weakens it to some degree, depending on the size of your cavity. Although some weakening is unavoidable no matter what filling method is used, silver amalgam fillings increase the chance that your tooth will crack or break some day. Every time you eat or drink a hot or cold food or beverage, the metals in your filling expand and contract. Eventually, the tooth may become so stressed that it breaks or cracks.

Tooth-colored fillings don't react to temperature extremes. No matter what you eat or drink, they never change. Composite resin doesn't just fill the space in your tooth, but actually bonds to the surface of your tooth, strengthening it.

Because tooth-colored fillings require the removal of only a small amount of healthy tooth structure, they help protect the structural integrity of your teeth. The smaller the area removed, the stronger your teeth will be.

Are you worried that you may have a cavity? Port Orchard, WA, dentists Drs. Tracy Sullivan, Kevin Yoder and Peter Grieser offer tooth-colored fillings and a range of cosmetic dentistry services. Call them at (360) 895-4321 to schedule your appointment in Port Orchard, WA.

By Family Dental Associates
January 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

At Family Dental Associates, Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Kevin Yoder see a wide variety of patients. Many struggle with restorative dentistryfailing and missing teeth--as do many individuals across the nation. To give these people beautiful, complete smiles, the dentists often recommend tooth restoration and replacement with crowns and bridges. In Port Orchard, WA, Family Dental Associates is your best source for these modern prosthetics.

When a tooth is damaged

Many factors cause serious damage to a tooth. For example, there's:

  • Oral trauma, resulting in a cracked or chipped tooth
  • Extensive decay
  • Dental abscess which affects a tooth's interior pulp (root canal therapy may precede restoration with a crown)
  • Odd congenital shape
  • Wear and tear from aging, teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)

Whatever the cause, restoration remains better than tooth extraction. Loss of any tooth causes immediate bone and gum recession and compromises oral function and smile aesthetics.

For generations, dentists have placed dental crowns, or caps, to cover and protect compromised teeth. Porcelain is the current material of choice because of its durability and natural appearance.

To decide if a crown is right for you, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and take digital X-rays to assess the health of the roots and bone structure. Also, he or she takes oral impressions, either with a special putty or digitally, to help the dental lab a custom-craft a crown with precise fit and bite.

The crown procedure involves removal of damaged tooth enamel and placement of a temporary restoration. After the new crown returns from the lab, your dentist will remove the temporary cap and replace it with the permanent restoration. Today's amazing adhesives ensure a durable bond.

When a tooth is lost

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research maintains that the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States is periodontitis, or advanced gum disease. Whether this applies to your smile gap or not, consider replacement with fixed bridgework from Family Dental Associates. Made of one, two or more adjoining artificial teeth and supported by dental crowns, bridges in Port Orchard fill gaps to restore appearance and oral function.

Additionally, some bridgework may be supported by:

  • Dental implants inserted directly into the jaw bone
  • Resin-bonded wings or retainers (Maryland bridges)
  • Crowns on just one side of the appliance (cantilevered bridge)

Whatever your need, your dentist determines the best kind of appliance and ensures quality materials and craftsmanship.

Caring for Port Orchard crowns and bridges

When considering crowns and bridges, think about your oral hygiene habits. If you routinely brush and floss and get six-month exams and cleanings at Family Dental Associates, you're likely a good candidate. Also, treat your restorations gently--no chewing ice cubes, opening bottles with your teeth and other actions which could cause damage.

Find out more

Join the multitude of people who enjoy complete smiles through crowns and bridges from Family Dental Associates in Port Orchardd, WA. Contact a team member to arrange your consultation: (360) 895-4321.

By Family Dental Associates
May 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and bridges repair damage, correct cosmetic issues and replace missing teeth. Dr. Tracy Sullivan, Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. restorative dentistryKevin Yoder in Port Orchard, WA, explain how you can benefit from crowns and bridges.

Crowns offer an excellent repair and restoration option

Crowns, hollow shells made out of porcelain, or other strong materials, slip over teeth. They're a good choice if you've broken a tooth. Adding a crown over the remnants of the tooth improves your smile, prevents lacerations caused by the rough edges and also makes it possible to chew on the affected side of your mouth.

Sometimes, cracks form long before tooth fractures occur. When a crown is added to a cracked tooth, the crown, not the tooth, absorbs the forces involved in biting, preventing the tooth from breaking. Crowns also protect fragile teeth from breaking, whether the tooth is weakened by aging or from a dental procedure.

No more unsightly teeth

Because crowns cover teeth completely, they're often used to hide cosmetic issues, such as discolorations. When a tooth is oddly shaped, twisted or crooked, the problem disappears once a crown is applied. Even pointed teeth are no longer a problem, thanks to crowns. Grinding, a common habit, wears down the enamel on teeth, which can make them too short. Adding a crown restores height, which can make eating easier. If you're a grinder, you may want to wear a nightguard after you get your new crown to avoid damaging it or other teeth. Be sure to ask about a nightguard when you visit our Port Orchard office.

Replacing missing teeth is easy with crowns and bridges

Crowns are an important part of the dental implant process. Once the dental implant osseointegrates, or bonds to your jawbone, a crown is attached to the top of it. The crown closes the gap in your smile and allows you to chew normally.

Bridges, made up of crowns and artificial teeth, also replace missing teeth. One or more artificial teeth, called pontics, are attached to the crowns. The crown portion of the bridge fits over teeth on either side of the gap and anchors the bridge in place.

Improve your smile with crowns and bridges. Call Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Grieser and Dr. Yoder in Port Orchard, WA, at (360) 895-4321 to schedule an appointment.



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