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Posts for tag: Crowns

By Dentistry 4 You
August 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Crowns  

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.”


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 Dentistry 4 You
October 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Dentisty 4 You
September 03, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Millions of patients come to the dentist’s office every year for restorative dental work. Two common restorative solutions offered at Dentistry4You in Suwanee, GA are crowns and bridgework. There are some cases when you’ll need a crown to cover up a problem and Crownsothers when a dental bridge is the best choice. Learn more about the difference between the two and which one you should consider for your dental problem. 

Getting a Crown
A crown is a tooth restoration that is made to be placed over an existing tooth. It’s commonly made of porcelain, ceramic or metal material—all durable and designed to last for years. When you need a crown, it’s usually because there’s a tooth that needs a little help. For example, if you have a chip or crack in the tooth, but the root and bone tissue is healthy, a crown will provide a new covering for the surface. If the tooth is discolored beyond bleaching, a crown gives it back its attractive white appearance.

About Bridges
Bridges are dental appliances that are used to fill small gaps in the teeth. They are made of two crowns with a replacement tooth at the center. With the help of two anchor teeth, the bridge is securely positioned over the gums with dental cement. Bridgework by Dentistry4You in Suwanee GA can last for a decade if you prioritize good oral hygiene and see your dentist often.

Which One Is Best for You?
Now that you know the difference between crowns and bridges, you know which one is best for your specific dental problem. In short, if you have an otherwise healthy tooth that needs a minor repair, a crown is the ideal choice, and if you have a missing tooth (or two), a bridge will help restore your smile. 

Talk to Your Dentist
Have a dental exam at Dentistry4You in Suwanee GA in the near future so that you and your dentist can decide if crowns or bridges are the right treatment. Call the office at (770) 614-3232 today to request an appointment time.

By Dentisty 4 You
April 24, 2015
Tags: Crowns  

One trip to the Suwanee dentist is all you need to get a superior dental crown.

In the past a trip to your Suwanee dentist to get a traditional crown usually required two separate visits: one to prepare the tooth Dental Crownsand the second to actually permanently place the dental crown; however, now we are making it a bit easier to get your dental crowns in one visit.

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC crowns look the same as regular dental crowns the only difference is that the crown can be designed, made and placed in only one dental visit using CAD/CAM technology.

What are CEREC crowns used to treat?

A CEREC crown can be used for the same issues that a regular dental crown can including covering a tooth that has been damaged or weakened by direct trauma, infection, decay or flawed dental work. Same-day crowns can also protect a cracked or chipped tooth from further damage. The only time a CEREC crown isn’t recommended is when the tooth has sustained damage that is below the gumline.

What does getting CEREC crowns from my Suwanee dentist entail?

In the past we needed to use a putty-like substance to take impressions of your tooth, but now with this unique technology we only need to use a small camera to snap precise photos of your smile to help create your crown.

These photos will then be uploaded to our computer where we can use the CAD software to begin designing your crown based on the measurements taken from the images. Once you have approved the look of your crown we will use the CAM technology to create your dental crown in our office while you wait. Then, we will permanently cement the crown to your tooth. The entire process only takes one hour!

If you need to repair a broken, weak or severely stained tooth and want to find out whether same-day crowns are the right choice for you, then schedule a consultation with Drs. Uday and Shetal Parikh at Dentistry 4 You, your Suwanee, GA practice. Find out why over 28 million people have turned to same-day crowns to restore their smiles!