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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.

By Advanced Dental Arts
September 01, 2017
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 Advanced Dental Arts
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   celebrity smiles  

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 Advanced Dental Arts
September 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

How your cosmetic dentist in Oakville, Missouri can help your smile

Teeth can become damaged for many reasons. Dental decay, traumatic injury and aging are just some of the causes of tooth damage. No matter what the cause is, chances are a permanent dental crown is the perfect solution to restore full chewing function and beauty to Dental Crownsyour smile. Dr. Aaron M. Schertzer, your cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, Missouri wants to help you discover what permanent crowns can do for you.

Permanent dental crowns from your cosmetic dentist in Oakville can also provide a strong replacement for old, bulky and unsightly metal fillings which can break over time. A permanent crown will encase the entire visible part of your tooth. It fits like a suit of armor, protecting your tooth against breakage from strong biting forces. Dental crowns are also recommended for teeth that have had root canals because these teeth can become brittle, weaker and more prone to breakage.

Sometimes teeth are so badly damaged that there is not enough tooth surface to place a crown. In these cases, your cosmetic dentist in Oakville may need to place metal posts inside your tooth, surrounded by a metal framework. This procedure, called a build-up, provides additional surface to place the crown.

Your cosmetic dentist in Oakville offers a full range of crown materials, each with its own advantages. You can choose from:

  • Full gold, which is the strongest crown material and usually reserved for back teeth where you need strength for chewing
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal, which is strong and beautiful, suitable for any location in the mouth
  • Full porcelain, which is the most natural-looking crown material; porcelain reflects light just like your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are an excellent choice for teeth that are visible when you smile.

You can restore your damaged teeth with permanent dental crowns. Today’s dental crowns make a practical, beautiful addition to your smile. They can help ensure you have many years of great smiles! It’s time to call Dr. Aaron M. Schertzer, your cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, Missouri. Get the smile you deserve and call today!