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Dental Crowns And BridgesSaving a damaged tooth or replacing a missing one preserves a smile for best personal appearance and oral function. If you have smile gaps or worry about the health of a particular tooth, Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling can help you with crowns and bridges. In their Wheaton dental practice, these highly skilled and experienced dentists see many patients who wish to improve their oral health and feel better about how they look.

Restoring teeth and filling gaps

Many times, your dentist restores a cracked, decayed, heavily restored or infected tooth with a dental crown, or he may fill a smile gap with a customized bridge. Both services aim to preserve smile appearance, boost self-confidence, restore full oral function or avoid problems with remaining natural teeth. A complete oral examination and digital X-rays help Dr. Carlson or Dr. Schuiling recommend the restorations just right for you.

The details on porcelain crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped jacket which fits over the healthy portion of a damaged tooth. Oral impressions and a detailed instructions tell the dental technician how to shape and shade your porcelain crown. For proper fit and bite, your dentist removes the unhealthy enamel, shapes the tooth and places an interim crown to protect and support the tooth. When your new crown is finished (usually within a week or so), Dr. Carlson or Dr. Schuiling will cement it into place permanently.

Crowns function and look great for many years--ten or more--when you carefully brush and floss every day. You should see your dentist semi-annually for cleanings and examinations, too.

Finally, crowns restore dental implants and cover teeth spared from extraction by root canal therapy. This versatile restoration supports fixed bridgework as well.

The details on bridgework

Bridgework does just what the name implies: it bridges, or spans, a smile gap created by one or more missing teeth. Typically, the dentist utilizes one or more crowns on both sides of the gap to anchor the artificial, or pontic, teeth. The number of crowns depends on the number of pontics.

Just as with single-tooth crowns, X-rays, impressions and instructions from your dentist tell the dental lab how to customize your dental prosthetic. When it's ready, your dentist will bond it over your existing teeth, ensuring its proper fit and bite with the opposing arch of teeth.

Bridges require meticulous oral hygiene to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. So, follow American Dental Association guidelines for in-office and at-home cleanings, and enjoy your bridgework for many years.

Learn more

For more information on dental prosthetics, such as crowns and bridges, and on the other restorative services Dr. Carlson and Dr. Schuiling provide, call the Wheaton, IL office for an appointment: (630) 653-9002.

By Dr. David L. Carlson
September 01, 2017
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.”

By Dr. David L. Carlson
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
4SituationsWhereaCrownCouldImproveanExistingTooth

Porcelain crowns have been used to restore problem teeth since at least the early 20th Century. Crown technology has gradually progressed from the early use of precious metals like gold or silver to more life-like porcelain crowns, often with a metal interior for added strength. Today, most crowns are all-porcelain, made with newer materials that not only look attractive but can endure under the pressures of daily chewing or biting.

While crowns are often part of restorations for missing teeth, they’re also commonly used to cap or fit over a viable tooth with structural or appearance problems. Here are 4 situations where a crown could improve a tooth’s form and function.

Traumatized teeth. A significant blow to the face or mouth could generate enough force to chip away or fracture a significant amount of structure from a tooth. If the root remains healthy and firmly attached within the jaw, however, a crown can replace the missing structure and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.

Root canal treatments. Root canal treatments remove infected or dead tissue within a tooth’s pulp chamber, its inner core, and the root canals. The procedure rescues the tooth but can in the process significantly alter the tooth’s structure and appearance. A crown not only restores the tooth but also provides added protection against further decay or tooth fracture.

Teeth with multiple fillings. We can effectively treat cavities caused by tooth decay by filling them. But with each filling we must remove more of the decayed structure and shape the cavity to accommodate the filling. After a number of times, a tooth may not have enough structure left to support another filling. If the tooth is still viable, a crown could solve this dilemma.

Abnormally developed teeth. Teeth sometimes don’t erupt in the jaw as they should and may be only partly visible. The tooth not only looks out of place but it can’t fully function like a normal tooth. Capping an abnormally developed tooth with a crown will help normalize it and allow it to blend in with surrounding teeth.

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.”

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 d Oral Habits to Slow the Rate of Tooth Wear By
August 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Do you have one or more missing or badly damaged teeth? If so, you likely have many options for replacing them. Two very common options that patients of Dr. David L. Carlson, DDS in Wheaton, IL typically choose are crowns and bridges. Learn more about these two Crowns options, and then see your dentist Dr. Carlson to determine which option is right for you.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are used to repair a badly damaged tooth or to replace a missing tooth altogether. They can be attached to the remaining portion of an existing tooth or be anchored to the jawbone using a dental implant.

What are the Advantages of Dental Crowns?

In broken or badly damaged teeth, dental crowns from Dr. Carlson provide structure, stability, and strength. They can protect a worn or cracked tooth, cover a large cavity or repair a tooth after a root canal. They can improve a tooth's function and appearance. Crowns can also replace teeth that are missing altogether.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns can be more destructive and time-consuming to place than fillings. An improperly placed crown may leave your tooth at risk for infection and tooth sensitivity. When used with a dental implant, crowns require a strong and sturdy jawbone to anchor to.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges from your Wheaton, IL dentist are not used to repair damaged teeth, but to replace teeth that are missing altogether. Instead of anchoring to the jaw bone with a dental implant, bridges are supported by the two surrounding teeth on either side. Once placed, dental crowns and bridges should look and function essentially the same way.

What are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges can be used to replace teeth in patients who do not have a strong and sturdy jaw bone or in patients that are not healthy enough for surgery. They require only two office visits, and they are just as strong and stable as dental crowns.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are quite destructive to the surrounding teeth and necessitate a strong tooth on either side to attach to. They can be difficult to clean, which increases your risk of infection, and special floss is typically needed.

While you may have some idea which treatment would work best for you, you will need to consult with a dentist to know for sure. If your teeth are missing or badly damaged and you are ready to do something about it, call your Wheaton, IL dentist, Dr. Carlson, to set up an appointment for a consultation today.