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By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridges  

Do you know what crowns and bridges can do for your smile? The restorations offer the ideal solution if you want to improve your crowns and bridgesappearance or protect fragile or damaged teeth. Lorain, OH, dentist Dr. Jennifer Robb helps her patients care for their smiles with both crowns and bridges.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns, often known as "caps," are designed to stabilize teeth or change their appearance. They slip over the part of the teeth visible above the gum line and completely cover teeth. Before you can receive your crown, your Lorain dentist must file the tooth on all sides to ensure a good fit. She'll also make an impression of your mouth and send it along to a dental laboratory that will craft your dental crown. Until the permanent crown is ready, you'll wear a temporary crown. Although temporary crowns are very durable, you'll need to avoid hard or sticky foods that can break or crack the restorations.

Permanent crowns are made of materials that look just like your tooth enamel but are strong enough to handle years of chewing and biting, such as ceramic, resin, porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The crowns are cemented to your teeth and don't move or shift when you eat.

Crowns are often used to restore teeth that have broken or fractured. Breaks not only look unsightly but can be very painful. Crowns cover exposed nerve endings and improve the appearance and function of your teeth. They can also be used to prevent breaks or fractures from occurring. If your tooth has been damaged or cracked, it's much more likely to weaken and break in the future. When your tooth is encased in a crown, the restoration will absorb biting forces and prevent further damage to the tooth.

The restorations are also used to enhance your appearance. They can be used to completely change the shape of a tooth, lengthen it or hide a discoloration that occurred due to the use of certain antibiotics or trauma to your tooth.

Bridges fill gaps in your smile and consist of one or more artificial teeth attached to a few crowns. The crowns hold the bridge firmly in place, allowing you to bite and chew normally.

Improve your smile with dental crowns. Call your Lorain, OH, dentist Dr. Jennifer Robb at (440) 960-1940 to schedule your appointment.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
October 30, 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.”