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By North Park Family Dental
July 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

How your dentist in Grand Rapids can restore your smile

A great smile is a wonderful confidence builder. If you have damaged, broken or missing teeth, you may feel self-conscious in social dental crownssituations . It’s time to get your confidence back by restoring your smile with dental crowns and bridgework. Dr. Robert S. Dame at North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, Michigan wants to help you explore what crowns and bridges can do for you and your smile.

Today’s crowns and bridges will restore complete chewing function, allowing you to eat the foods you love. They will also give you a cosmetically beautiful smile.

Your dentist in Grand Rapids wants you to know crowns provide a strong, protective armor around your teeth, preventing breakage when you eat hard foods. In contrast, a large filling can actually weaken a tooth, so that when you bite hard foods, your filling may break, taking vital tooth structure with it.

You can choose from a full range of materials for your new crown. Each material has its own benefits. Consider:

  • Full gold crowns
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal, if you want strength and cosmetic beauty
  • Full porcelain, if you want the most natural-looking crown available

If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, a dental bridge from your Grand Rapids dentist is the perfect solution to fill in the gaps. Today’s dental bridges are strong, restoring full chewing function, and cosmetically beautiful, looking like a natural part of your smile. Your dental bridge from Grand Rapids will be completely stable, restoring your confidence when you speak and eat.

It’s time to discover how crowns and bridges can keep your smile whole. You deserve a complete smile and the confidence that comes with it. Don’t wait to get the smile you want and the look you deserve. Call Dr. Robert S. Dame at North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, Michigan to find out how crowns and bridges can restore your smile. 

By North Park Family Dental
February 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

At North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. Robert S. Dame and his team strive for the brightest, healthiest smiles possible for all their patients. When considering extensive tooth repair or replacement, they offer quality dental crowns and bridgework to span smile crowns and bridgesgaps that could ultimately hurt oral health and aesthetics.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, often called a "cap," replaces tooth structure damaged by injury, decay, or congenital malformation. Custom-made to achieve natural-looking tooth color and shape, crowns cover remaining healthy tooth structure, strengthening it from top to gum line.

To place a crown, Dr. Dame first examines the patient's mouth and takes digital x-rays as needed. He makes an impression of the patient's teeth and sends his treatment plan to an outside dental lab for fabrication of the restoration.

The most aesthetically pleasing crowns are 100 percent porcelain. However, depending on location of the tooth, cost, and other factors, the Grand Rapids dentist may choose super-strong gold or a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.

Once cemented in place and adjusted for proper bite, the patient enjoys a beautifully restored smile and natural speech and eating. They maintains their crown with good brushing, flossing, and professional exams and cleanings every 6 months at North Park Family Dental.

What is Bridgework?

The American College of Prothodontists, dentists expert in tooth replacements, estimates that 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one permanent tooth. Many millions have lost multiple, or even all, teeth to decay, injury, or gum disease.

Replacements, such as bridgework, fill unattractive gaps and allow people to enjoy normal speech and dietary habits. Also, bridges strengthen teeth adjacent to the gap, keeping them in place and avoiding tooth drift and weakening of supportive tissues.

If you are missing one, 2, or 3 teeth in a row, Dr. Dame may recommend fixed bridgework consisting of natural-looking prosthetic teeth attached to porcelain crowns which cover neighboring teeth. Also called abutment teeth, these teeth are ground down to receive the caps. Due to advances in implant dentistry, some bridgework is supported by state of the art metal implants placed right into the patient's jaw for excellent stability and durability.

Fixed bridgework is permanent--that is, the patient does not remove it, and they brush and floss the appliance just as they would their natural teeth. Dr. Dame ensures that bridgework feels comfortable and blends in seamlessly with neighboring teeth.

Are Crowns and Bridges Right for You?

If you are facing extractions or already have failing or missing teeth, don't worry because Dr. Dame and his team can help. He will evaluate your oral health and help you decide if crowns and bridges are right for your smile. Contact the office in Grand Rapids, MI today for an appointment. Call (616) 361-7265.

By North Park Family Dental
March 27, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and BridgesLearn how crowns and bridges can restore your natural teeth with simple in-office procedures.

Missing even one tooth is a hardship that no adult should have to experience. Tooth loss causes a domino effect of decay, gum disease or shifting and can eventually lead to more missing teeth. Fortunately, your Grand Rapids dentist offers both crowns and bridges to solve these problems before they start. Crowns and bridges are fixed restorations. They are meant to be permanent attachments in the mouth, and cannot be removed as dentures can. Both crowns and bridges are used to restore and maintain tooth function.

Crowns

These restorations are designed to be a "cap" over an existing tooth that has sustained damage or decay and can no longer function on its own. Keeping the root intact is Dr. Robert Dame's priority, and a crown placement helps to repair fractures, replace old fillings or finish off a root canal while avoiding extraction. Depending on where the crown is needed, it may be made of porcelain or ceramic to appear like a natural tooth. It can also be made of gold or metal alloys; these materials are typically stronger and recommended for back teeth. A porcelain shell over a metal core is also an option for both form and function.

Bridges

If a tooth has fallen out or has been extracted, a bridge can help compensate for the loss. Attached to natural teeth on either side of the empty space, bridges fill in the gap seamlessly with natural-looking replacements. The attachment teeth, called abutments, have crowns placed over them to give them more support for their new role.

Helping others

Recently, Dr. Dame and some of his staff made a long journey to Chiang Rai Province in Thailand to provide necessary dental treatment for children and adults in underprivileged villages. For over a week, they offered their services to dozens of people in need. With long-lasting restorations like crowns and bridges, these people can enjoy eating, speaking and smiling without discomfort or further problems.

The caring staff at North Park Family Dental is ready to give you a reason to start smiling again. Contact the office today to learn more about how crowns and bridges can improve your teeth's appearance and function!