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By Karls Family Dentistry
July 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You are struck in the face with a softball, and a large piece of your front tooth breaks off. You save it and take it to your dentist in dental crownsWaunakee, Dr. Stanley Karls. Unfortunately, the fracture is too big to repair with composite resin bonding. A dental crown is your best treatment option, says Dr. Karls. So here are some details on dental crowns, what they are made of and how your professional team at Karls Family Dentistry places them. Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls can restore fully your tooth's appearance and functionality!

What exactly is a dental crown?

A dental crown is one of dentistry's most frequent restorations, next to fillings and root canals, according to the American Dental Association. Made from ceramic, porcelain fused to metal or all-porcelain, a crown (or cap as it is sometimes called) completely covers and protects a tooth damaged by:

  • Tooth decay
  • Injury
  • Dental abscess (infection)
  • Congenital malformation

Crowns also restore dental implants and support fixed bridgework made of one or more adjoining artificial teeth.

What's the crown procedure like?

Let's take a heavily decayed tooth as an example. This restoration takes two appointments at Karls Family Dentistry. First, Dr. Karls visually inspects the condition of the tooth. He also X-rays it to determine if it is healthy enough to receive a crown.

With that decided, your Waunakee preparest the tooth and shapes the remaining healthy structure. He then takes oral impressions to send to an outside dental lab. In the meantime, the patient wears a temporary crown.

At the lab, the technician uses Dr. Karls' material of choice. With porcelain crowns, the technician ensures that the crown color will blend with the patient's surrounding teeth.

At the next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary cap and cements the permanent one in place. Also, Dr. Karls checks that the size, color and bite are absolutely correct, and the restoration is finished.

The American College of Prosthodontists, specialists in preserving and protecting compromised tooth structure, say that dentists in the United States place literally millions of dental crowns each year. These expert dentists stress that keeping your natural teeth is important to your personal appearance, speech, ability to eat and overall oral function. Dental crowns, along with tooth-colored fillings, onlays, and inlays (partial crowns) play a crucial role in keeping smiles healthy and long-lasting.

Caring for a crown

Once placed, a dental crown should last about ten years, regardless of what it's made of. Dr. Stanley Karls and Dr. Matthew Karls stress diligent brushing and flossing at home to avoid plaque build-up around the margins of the crown. They also ask their patients to come to Karls Family Dentistry twice a year for complete oral exams and hygienic cleanings. These easy strategies will preserve your crowns--and your entire smile for that matter.

Worried about a tooth?

Just contact Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI for a consultation with your friendly dentist. Call (608) 849-4100.

By Karls Family Dentistry
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures can quickly and easily give you back your full smile.

If you are someone dealing with significant tooth loss you may feel like hope is lost, but we are here to tell you that it most certainly isn’t. denturesEven if you have lost all of your permanent teeth, our Waunakee, WI general dentists, Dr. Mathew Karis and Dr. Stanley Karls, can easily replace those teeth and give you back a complete smile with dentures.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable oral appliances that are designed to replace all or some of your missing teeth. Dentures that are designed to replace all of your teeth are known as complete dentures and are made to sit on top of the gums. Dentures that only replace some teeth are known as partial dentures and often attach to other teeth using metal clasps or attachments to help keep them in place.

What is the process of getting dentures?

If you need to have teeth extracted this is the first step that will need to happen before you get dentures. Once teeth are extracted our Waunakee dentists will place immediate dentures over your mouth so that you still have teeth while your gums heal.

Impressions will be taken of your mouth so that you get dentures that properly fit onto your gums and jawbone. While your mouth heals a dental lab will start to fabricate your dentures. Once they are complete you will come back in so that we can fit you with your new restoration. Dentures may require some adjustments before they fit properly.

What are the benefits of choosing dentures in Waunakee?

Dentures are one of the easiest and fastest ways to replace your teeth after dealing with significant tooth loss. While dental implants certainly offer a long-term solution some patients aren’t healthy enough to undergo surgeries, and there are some people who don’t want to go through invasive procedures. In this case, dentures are the best option since you won’t have to endure any surgeries.

We also know that patients are often looking to stay within a reasonable budget and dental implants can be rather expensive. This is where dentures often become an attractive option. After all, dentures are one of the least expensive options for replacing missing teeth.

If you are wondering whether dentures are the right way to replace your missing teeth then it’s time you talked to our dental experts at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI. Schedule an appointment today!