What's The Best Repair For Your Broken Tooth?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The best way to repair your broken tooth will depend upon a lot of things. Which tooth is broken, is the tooth chipped or is it a severe break, does the tooth currently have a filling and is the tooth causing discomfort?

Teeth chip and break for lots of reasons – most are avoidable. First, don’t use your teeth as tools – opening tight bottle caps or bags of chips with your teeth is never a good idea. Secondly, watch what you are eating – popcorn kernels and other hard substances often hide in our snacks and can easily crack teeth.

Very small chips in the edge of a tooth can often be polished to a smooth edge with no further treatment needed. A larger chip usually requires dental bonding or a dental veneer to return the tooth to its normal appearance. Dental bonding is a less expensive option but may not be as long lasting as a dental veneer and is subject to staining — something to think about if you are a heavy coffee drinker.

Teeth that have experienced a large break (a piece of the top of the tooth has broken for example) may be structurally compromised. If the top of the tooth has broken the remaining tooth structure can be saved and a dental crown can restore the tooth. Dental crowns are very durable and their appearance will match your natural teeth.

Every now and then we see a tooth that has cracked so badly that it must be removed. There may be discomfort with this type of break.  If the crack reaches the root area of the tooth it may not be able to be saved. In this case the tooth will be extracted. Patients today have choices when it comes to replacing a missing tooth – dental bridges have been used for many, many years and are a very serviceable restoration technique. Dental bridges do require preparing the adjacent teeth to support the structure of the bridge and they will require special care when brushing and flossing.

A wonderful choice for replacing that missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants actually mimic a real tooth because the implant is placed in the jaw and bonds with the bone. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and there are no limitations on diet or special care required.

Find out more about correcting the chips and breaks that your smile has experienced by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.


5 Common Questions About Dental Crowns

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations performed by dentists today. Sometimes called “caps”, these crowns come in different forms and can be used to treat a variety of dental conditions.

Here is a guide to the 5 most frequently asked questions regarding dental crowns:

  1. What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a type of tooth-shaped restoration designed to fit over and strengthen a tooth, or improve a tooth’s appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory, and are customized to fit over an individual tooth. There are several kinds of crowns, used for a number of different purposes.
  2. When is it necessary to get a crown? There are a variety of conditions and situations in which a dentist will recommend a patient be fitted for a crown. In some cases, a dentist may use a crown to cover a tooth that has had a root canal, or a very large filling, to help keep the tooth strong and prevent breakage. Crowns can also help stabilize a bridge, as well as cover a dental implant or a tooth that is permanently discolored or chipped. Certain pediatric patients require one or more crowns to protect baby teeth from further decay.
  3. What types of crowns are available? Many variations of crowns exist, however most are categorized according to the material from which they are made. Metal crowns are made up of metal alloy that may contain gold, platinum and stainless steel. Given their strength, these crowns are usually used to preserve the structure of a tooth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made of a thin porcelain shell fused to metal underneath. The porcelain closely resembles a natural tooth. Resin crowns are made from a mixture of plastic substances, and are the least expensive crown option. All-ceramic or porcelain crowns are made either entirely from porcelain or zirconia. While not the strongest, these types of crowns are the most aesthetically pleasing, and are often used on front teeth.
  4. What does the procedure involve? Crowns require two visits. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared to ensure that the crown fits properly. An impression is made of the tooth and sent to the lab for the crown to be fabricated. A crown usually takes between two and three weeks to be created. The temporary crown is placed on the tooth in the meantime. At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is bonded to the tooth or implant.
  5. How long do crowns last? While a permanent crown will not last forever, the majority of crowns will last 15 to 20 years with proper dental hygiene and maintenance.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Toccoa

If you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns, contact Wilbanks Smile Center today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to serving you.

Which Crown Is Right for You?

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Whether you need a dental crown because of tooth decay or damage, selecting the right crown for you is vital. The procedure is referred to as a crown because it consists of a “cap” being placed over the top of the tooth.

This tooth cap is used to restore a cracked, discolored, weakened or broken tooth to its original shape. While metallic crowns and crowns made of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have been traditionally used, there are many crown options that are more up-to-date, comfortable and aesthetically discreet.

Below are four of the best dental crowns currently available. All of these crowns, as well as various others, are offered at the Wilbanks Smile Center:

  1. Lava Crowns. This type of crown is made using translucent zirconia, which can be custom colored to match the rest of your teeth. An all-ceramic crown, it is also strong enough for long-span bridges. Lava crowns are one of the most esthetic dental restorations available, and are natural-looking as well as durable.
  2. E.max Crowns. E.max crowns, which are made of disilicate ceramic, which can also be thinned enough to be used with veneers. As a relatively new form of the ceramic crown, E.max crowns are preferred because of their long lasting durability and natural appearance, which closely replicates the look of natural tooth enamel.
  3. Procera Crowns. Another type of all-porcelain crown, Procera offers strength, precision fit, and color-matching to perfectly blend in with surrounding teeth. Procera AllCeram crowns are very aesthetically pleasing, but are not made of the strongest material available, which makes them susceptible to breakage over time.
  4. Bruxzir Crowns. These crowns, which contain a virtually unbreakable solid dental zirconia, are resistant to chipping. Bruxzir crowns do not contain a porcelain overlay, instead their material is nearly chip-proof and is glazed to a smooth surface that offers protection against plaque.

A consultation with a Dr. Joe Wilbanks will help to determine which type of dental crown meets your tooth restoration needs. Selecting a crown that is both durable and natural-looking will ensure that you are happy with your smile for years to come.

Dental Crowns in Toccoa

To learn more about the right type of crown for you, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

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