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Archive for October 2015

Which tooth is the crown?

A crown or cap goes over a tooth to prevent it from fracturing. Crowns are recommended for teeth that have had root canal treatment or that have large fillings as these teeth are weaker and prone to breakage. Once a tooth is crowned, you can chew with confidence without worry that the tooth may be damaged further.

With our modern dental ceramics, crowns can be very esthetic as well. The crown in the picture above is the upper first molar tooth, which is the 4th tooth on the top from the left.

High quality dental care is often a collaboration between myself and the specialists that I work with. One of these specialists is Jim Globocki, a certified dental technician and denturist. It is he that fabricates your dental work in ceramic. He uses his skill to duplicate nature in shape and colour. As a result your new crown will not only feel and function comfortably but it will blend in with your natural teeth as much as possible.

If you have any questions regarding crowns, for the front or back teeth, do not hesitate to ask us at your next dental visit!

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Composite Resin Restoration

Amalgam fillings are metal fillings and they are very strong.  Despite being a very strong material, the forces in the mouth can be enough to break these fillings especially if one is grinding or clenching their teeth.  The first picture above shows  broken amalgam restorations.

These fillings are broken because the patient grinds his teeth.  One can see how the tooth structure is worn as well.

A new composite resin restoration brings the tooth back to proper form and function. Although these new restorations will serve the patient well, they will also eventually fail unless the grinding habit is addressed.  The treatment solutions may include a night guard and a bite adjustment to balance the forces on the teeth.

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