Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

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
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been told you could benefit from these cosmetic and restorative restorations?dental crowns, dental bridges

Crowns and bridges are two of the most popular restorations out there, as they can be a great treatment option for handling everything from malformed and fractured teeth to tooth loss. Our Wheaton, IL, dentists, Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling, are here to provide a little insight into these restorations and how they could improve your oral health.

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

A dental crown is a restoration that is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. A crown will be custom-made to cover over a tooth to improve strength, function and appearance. There are many reasons one of our Wheaton general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown including:

  • To repair a damaged or broken tooth
  • To protect a weak tooth from damage
  • To cover a discolored, malformed or aesthetically damaged tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To protect a tooth after root canal treatment

What is the purpose of a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a good way to replace one or more missing teeth and fill the gap so that the rest of your teeth don’t shift around. A dental bridge will also require dental crowns in order to support the restoration and hold the false teeth in place. To be an ideal candidate for a dental bridge, you to have healthy, stable teeth surrounding the gap in order to support crowns and your bridge.

Once the crowns are placed over the teeth, the false teeth are cemented in place between the two crowns. Just like crowns, dental bridges are also custom-made to fit your smile and will take a couple of visits in order to take impressions of your mouth, create your restoration and then place it.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

While they are strong enough to potentially last you the rest of your life, there is a possibility that it will break or come loose over time. Maintaining good oral health, coming in for routine exams and properly caring for your restoration will ensure that you maintain it for as long as possible.

Do you have questions about getting restorative dentistry in Wheaton, IL? Want to schedule a consultation with us to find out if your smile could benefit from one of these amazing restorations? If so, then don’t hesitate to call us today!

By Dr. David L. Carlson
April 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you wish you could snap your fingers and make your smile look exactly how you want it? Understanding the different options you dental procedureshave to repair your teeth or renew your smile when you see your dentist can help you choose the best treatment for you. Learn about some common dental services provided at Dr. David Carlson’s practice in Wheaton, IL.

Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns cover a tooth to protect its structure. A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth. These dental restorations are made from porcelain, ensuring a natural look which blends into your smile seamlessly. A dental bridge uses a crown on either side of the restoration to anchor onto the healthy teeth surrounding a gap.

Professional Teeth Cleanings 
Teeth cleanings performed by a dental hygienist are an important part of your oral hygiene. Coupled with a strong at-home dental care routine which should include brushing twice daily and flossing once, professional teeth cleanings remove built up plaque and tartar to prevent tooth decay.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a fast and easy way to transform your teeth from drab, dull, or yellowed to bright, white, and beautiful. A professional teeth whitening session takes about an hour and occurs right in your dentist’s office. In fact, you can even schedule your teeth whitening session into your bi-annual dental examination and professional cleaning. A single whitening session can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades. However, depending on your preference, your dentist can adjust the strength of the whitening agents to only subtly brighten your smile.

Orthodontic Treatment 
Orthodontic treatment used to mean wearing obvious, traditional metal braces. However, there are now more subtle ways to straighten your teeth and correct your bite issues. Orthodontic aligner trays like Invisalign, made from clear plastic, are almost invisible to others around you. Tooth-colored ceramic braces use the same traditional brackets and wires as metal braces, but rather than being made from metal, are made from ceramic to give them a more subtle appearance.

Dental Services in Wheaton, IL 
Your dentist can help you choose the best treatment options for you depending on your teeth, your situation, and your preferences. For more information on these services and more, please contact Dr. David Carlson in Wheaton, IL. Call (630) 653-9002 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Carlson today!

By Dr. David L. Carlson
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Sick and tired of tooth loss? Be done with it once and for all when you get dental implants.

An incomplete smile can make anyone feel self-conscious. Find out how your Wheaton, IL dentist Dr. David Carlson can change all that dental implantswith dental implants.

What makes implants last?

This small screw made from titanium may not look like much at first glance but this is the part that’s going to replace your missing tooth’s roots. The science and success behind implants are relatively simple. Your Wheaton, IL cosmetic dentist will first drill a small hole into the jawbone. This is where your implant will be placed. Of course, any surgical procedure is performed under local anesthesia and with some form of sedation to make our patients more comfortable.

Then, we open up the gums and place the implant into the jawbone. Over the course of several weeks the bone will begin to grow back around the implant, making the implant part of the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration and implants are the only dental restoration that actually becomes a permanent structure. With the proper maintenance and care your implant is built to last the rest of your life.

Why do people get dental implants?

There are countless reasons why someone would want to get dental implants. Many people find that a smile with missing teeth makes it significantly challenging to eat and chew properly. This means you may not be getting the proper nutrients your body needs; not to mention the absolute frustration of not being able to eat foods you once loved.

We also see people looking to replace one, several or all of their teeth. Some of these patients are denture wearers that aren’t completely satisfied with their dental prosthesis. Maybe it isn’t as easy to talk or eat as they thought it would be. Maybe their dentures continue to slip around. Whatever the reason, rest assured dental implants do not cause these same problems.

How many implants will I need?

A dental implant is designed to hold a single dental crown but multiple implants can also be placed along the jawbone to replace as many as all of your teeth. If you are looking to replace a full set of teeth in either the lower or upper jaw we may place as few as three implants or as many as seven or eight. These implants are designed to hold a dental crown, as well as a partial or full set of dentures.

Want to find out if implants are the best choice for your smile? Then schedule a consultation today with our Wheaton, IL dental office and let’s get you closer to a smile you’ll be proud to show off.