Posts for: February, 2017
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â 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.Â 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.”
Getting that beautiful smile might seem like an uphill battle with regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups. If you are lucky enough to have strong teeth that you want to keep for as long as possible, but find that they are damaged with cracks, chips or other difficulties you might want to consider crowns as an option. Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette at Cohasset Dental is a family dentist in Cohasset, MA, can help you decide if this is the best option for you. They are ready to provide you with answers to all of your questions.
One of the best options for dental crowns are CEREC crowns. These take technology to a new level giving you the fastest results with expert precision. CEREC crowns are created by using imaging of the mouth and teeth that are then used to create a CAD image of a crown to be turned into the actual crown. During the process, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the installation of the crowns by removing some of the tooth to allow the crown to fit well and not look different from the other teeth. This process is typically accomplished in one or two dental visits with a family dentist in Cohasset. This often eliminating the need for temporary crowns. There is little to no pain involved and you will be able to enjoy using your crown right away.
Crowns are one of the best ways to save a tooth that you don’t want to lose. It makes the tooth stronger and holds it together. This is also a good way to hide damage decay and damage of the tooth. Thanks to CEREC crowns, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Chenette at Cohasset Dental can create accurate crowns. Contact our family dentist in Cohasset, MA, today by calling (781) 383-9393. Keep your natural teeth for as long as you can to ensure that you avoid replacement and damage to surrounding teeth.