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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 27, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental CrownsHow crowns from your dentist in Oakville, MO, can improve your smile

Dental crowns are a popular solution to restore both the strength and beauty of your smile. Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, offers permanent dental crowns that will improve your smile.

If you are considering dental crowns, it’s a good idea to know what to expect. These are just a few of the most common questions and answers about getting dental crowns.

Why choose a dental crown instead of a dental filling?

A dental crown actually strengthens your tooth by holding the tooth together. A filling can weaken your tooth by separating the tooth into sections, creating a wedge between different areas of tooth structure.

How will a crown make my tooth stronger?

When you bite down on a dental crown, the biting pressure and force is spread across the entire surface of your tooth, preventing breakage. The crown covers your tooth like a suit-of-armor, protecting the tooth from biting and chewing forces.

When will I need a crown?

You should choose a crown for a tooth that is badly damaged, has lost a lot of tooth structure, has been weakened by a root canal, or has severe decay.

What are dental crowns made of?

The most cosmetically beautiful choice is full porcelain, which looks just like natural tooth enamel. Full porcelain is a great choice for front teeth. Another option is porcelain-fused-to-metal, or a PFM crown. These crowns are stronger because of the metal underlay and are an excellent choice for back teeth, where you need increased strength for chewing. Gold is another option offering strength, but lacking the natural beauty of porcelain.

How many appointments will I need to get a dental crown?

Dental crowns typically require 2 appointments. At the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared to receive the crown. Models are taken of the prepared tooth, and these are sent off to a dental laboratory. At the lab, skilled dental artisans will create your crown and the crown is then sent back to Advanced Dental Arts. Dr. Schertzer will permanently cement your crown at your second appointment.

Dental crowns are an excellent choice to improve your smile. They will give you a stronger, more beautiful smile you will be proud to show to the world. To find out more about permanent dental crowns and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive services, call Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, today!

By Advanced Dental Arts
September 10, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental CrownStrength, health and appearance--a dental crown will improve all three. If your family dentist in Oakville, MO Dr. Aaron Schertzer, recommends a dental crown for one of your teeth, it will strengthen the tooth, make it look bright and beautiful and keep it in place for many years to come. Learn the details on this popular and predictable restoration here.

Perfect teeth are a scarce commodity

Few people have teeth free from decay or some kind of damage. In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics says that as years go on, the rate of dental decay increases. In advanced age, a full 96 percent of people who still have most of their teeth have multiple cavities.

As such, restorative services offered by Dr. Schertzer in Oakville become more and more important. A dental crown is one of the most used and successful because this lifelike cap of premium porcelain covers, protects and supports a tooth marred and weakened by:

  • Deep decay
  • Multiple or large fillings
  • Oral injury (resulting in large chips and deep cracks)
  • Dark stains
  • Congenital malformation (odd shape and size)
  • Chips, cracks, pits, and the wear and tear which come with teeth grinding and the aging process

How crowns work

Dr. Schertzer recommends a dental crown when he sees that a tooth is weak and in danger of fracture, infection or even extraction. He'll X-ray it to make sure the underlying bone is healthy and the roots intact and strong. If they are, he can proceed with the crown treatment by preparing the tooth.

Also, he'll take oral impressions and send a treatment plan to a dental lab in the area. The lab, in turn, will fabricate a porcelain cap which fits perfectly over the shaped tooth and which bites, or occludes, with the opposite arch of teeth. The new crown is bonded on with a strong adhesive and adjusted for the correct position within the mouth.

Other uses for crowns

Besides replacing substantial amounts of tooth structure, crowns can anchor fixed bridgework, spanning smile gaps of one or more teeth. Also, they cover, or restore, dental implants, artificial teeth which replace missing teeth from the roots on up. Finally, most teeth restored with root canal therapy are protected and enhanced with dental crowns.

Time for a crown?

Extend the life of your injured tooth by many years, and enjoy a complete smile that looks and feels as if nothing ever happened. Contact Dr. Aaron Schertzer's office today, and ask about dental crowns. Phone (314) 892-2120.