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By North Park Family Dental
June 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  
CrownsCouldbetheSmileSolutionforSomeUnattractiveTeeth

While dental implants have become the most popular restoration among both dentists and patients, it’s primarily a tooth replacement — either for a missing tooth or a tooth beyond repair that must be extracted. But what if your tooth is still viable beneath its unattractive exterior? From an oral health standpoint, it’s usually wise to preserve it.

Even so, you still have options for making a tooth that’s spoiling your smile more attractive. One of the most effective solutions happens to be one of the oldest in dentistry: a crown. In effect, a crown is a life-like replica made of metal or dental porcelain that’s bonded over a tooth. And with today’s advanced materials and methods a crown can not only enhance the appearance of the tooth it covers, it can also be made to blend with the color and symmetry of adjacent teeth.

Here are a few dental situations where a crown could provide both protection for a tooth and a more attractive appearance.

Chipped, Damaged or Abnormally Developed Teeth. Teeth often take the brunt of mouth injuries, resulting in chips or even fractures. Also, teeth sometimes don’t erupt fully or develop a normal shape. A crown can effectively cover these missing or abnormal parts of a tooth and restore a more natural appearance.

Following Root Canal Treatment. Trauma or deep decay can damage the interior of a tooth - the pulp and root canals - and endanger its survival. A root canal treatment cleans out and repairs these areas, filling them with a special filling to prevent further infection. A crown is usually necessary to both protect the tooth and restore its appearance.

Discoloration. There’s a difference between outward staining of the enamel, which can usually be brightened with whitening solutions, and staining deep within the tooth from various causes. While there are techniques to bleach “intrinsic” staining, a crown provides another option for covering a heavily discolored tooth for a more attractive appearance.

Excessive Wear. We all experience some teeth wearing as we age; but grinding or clenching habits can accelerate that wear and shorten teeth, resulting in a prematurely aged look. Crowns restore worn teeth to a more normal length that can take “years” off your smile.

If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By North Park Family Dental
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged TeethGood oral hygiene practices and regular dental exams and cleanings are the best way to protect your teeth and gums and maintain a beautiful smile. But sometimes even your best efforts can't prevent accidents or the wear and tear that can stain or damage your teeth. Dental crowns are a reliable and durable restoration option for cracks, fractures, large cavities, and permanent stains and discolorations. They also replace missing teeth with a bridge. Dr. Robert Dame, a dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, offers cosmetic and restorative dentistry options for patients of all ages at North Park Family Dental.

Invest in a New Smile with Dental Crowns in Grand Rapids, MI

Crowns are a custom designed caps that cover a damaged or unattractive tooth. One of the most common uses for a dental crown is in cases of severe tooth decay, where a cavity becomes too large to be filled with a traditional filling. The crown restores tooth surface lost to decay or trauma from a fall, accident or sports injury. In addition to improving function, crowns also provide a major cosmetic upgrade for your smile. Crowns typically require two appointments to complete, but a temporary crown is available while you wait for the permanent crown.

Crowns and bridgework fix gaps in your smile if you are missing teeth. A bridge consists of three or more crowns - the crowns which are replacing the missing teeth, and an abutment crown on either side which are placed over the teeth to secure the bridge in place.

Crowns are also a good option for cosmetic improvements to misshapen teeth, or for severe staining and discolorations.

Find a Dentist in Grand Rapids, MI

For more information about dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, contact North Park Family Dental today by calling 616-361-7265 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dame.

By North Park Family Dental
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

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 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”