Posts for: February, 2015
A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.
We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?
Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.
When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?
In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.
So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.
If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
Find out about the different dental implant restoration treatments that are available in Silver Spring.
Are you suffering from one or more missing teeth? Are you embarrassed by your toothless smile? Are eating and speaking now more difficult since you lost your tooth? If you said yes to any of these questions then your next step is to choose a dental treatment that will replace your missing tooth and prevent further complications from arising as a result of tooth loss.
While our Silver Springs dentists may not perform dental implant surgery, we can still sit down with you and create a proper treatment plan to help prepare you for your upcoming procedure and restoration. We can also provide a thorough evaluation to help you decide whether your smile is right for implants. Furthermore, we are always happy to work with you to find the right surgeon for your dental implant needs.
Implant Restoration Options
What makes implants so ideal for many patients is that they are able to support multiple kinds of restorations, from dental bridges and dentures to dental crowns. If you are replacing a single missing tooth, than your dental implant will only require one dental crown, which we will specifically design for you based on impressions made of your smile.
Those patients who are missing several teeth may benefit from implant-supported dental bridges, which permanently hold this oral appliance in place. A dental bridge that is implant-supported will not need to use neighboring natural teeth to hold it in place. The implants will do all the work.
Even those who are suffering from complete tooth loss can opt for implant-supported dentures. Patients who choose this treatment won’t have to worry about dentures moving and slipping around in their mouths because the oral prosthetic will be permanently attached to your implants.
Our Dental Restorations
When it comes to the dental restorations themselves our goal is to create an artificial tooth that looks as natural and realistic as possible. By examining and taking impressions of your smile we can determine the precise contouring and shading we would like to use to create a dental crown that will blend in with the rest of your teeth. What you are left with is a complete, healthy and natural-looking smile.
While adjustments may still need to be made to your restoration in order to offer you the best smile possible, our meticulous eye makes sure that adjustments are limited.
If you already have an implant-supported restoration that is damaged, your Silver Spring dentist can easily fabricate a brand new restoration to replace the old one.
To truly find out more about whether dental implant restoration could improve your smile, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Silver Spring dentist at Colesville Dentistry. Say goodbye to tooth loss for good.