Are you wondering whether your smile could benefit from this popular restoration?
More than likely you already know what a dental crown is. This structure is designed to look just like a natural crown of a tooth; the only difference is that it’s completely hollow so that it can easily fit over a tooth. Why would a crown need to fit over a tooth? Our Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, is here to explain.
Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, something happens to one or more teeth. Maybe your tooth was cracked, chipped or fractured while playing sports. Maybe taking antibiotics for many years has left you with some serious yellowing stains. Perhaps you didn’t come in every six months for routine cleanings and now you are faced with needing a root canal to treat an infected pulp. In most of these cases, a dental crown can help improve the health of that tooth.
When a tooth becomes damaged or weak, it is susceptible to more damage if left untreated. Think about a porcelain vase. If you crack or chip the vase you may find that the more often you use it the worse the crack gets. What was once a small insignificant crack has grown considerably, making the vase practically unusable. A tooth is much the same way. If you damage it and don’t treat it, you risk further and irreparable damage to the tooth. To protect it, our Eau Claire, WI, general dentist will place a dental crown over it to act as a stronger, more durable outer layer.
Dental crowns are custom-made restorations because not everyone has teeth that are the exact same shape or size. Crowns need to be tailored to each individual person’s smile. In most cases, patients opt for porcelain or tooth-colored crowns because they look the most like real teeth. Before you get your crown we will go through a color guide to choose the proper shade of porcelain to match your smile. Impressions also have to be taken so that the dental lab has your exact tooth measurements from which to create the perfect restoration.
Once your tooth has been filed down and is ready for the crown, we will place it over your tooth, check the fit and your bite, and then cement it into place. With the proper care, crowns can last up to 10 years or more before ever needing to be replaced.
If you have questions about dental crowns and want to find out if they could improve your smile, then call our Eau Claire, WI, dental office today to learn more. We want to make sure that you have the dental care you need to maintain the very best oral health possible.
Dentures are dental devices, mostly made of plastic resin, that are specially made to restore the appearance of your smile. They are most commonly created for senior citizens who have lost teeth due to aging, but they can also be designed for younger patients who have lost teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay and other dental issues. Learn more about the various types of dentures that are available at Dr. Chris Poss’ Eau Claire, WI, dental office.
Full (Complete or Conventional) Dentures
Senior citizens often need full or conventional dentures. They’re made to cover the entire gumline (one device on top and one on the bottom) when all of the teeth are missing or have been extracted. They stay in place over the gums through a suction action and denture adhesive. They may have to be adjusted a few times to ensure a proper fit.
When you only have a few missing teeth (or just one) a partial denture can be designed by your Eau Claire dentist. It is supported by the remaining teeth you have in your mouth. They are commonly made with a metal support that keeps it anchored over the gumline where there are spaces in your smile. One additional benefit of wearing partial dentures is that they keep your other teeth from moving around.
With the growth in popularity of dental implants, many patients are now inquiring about implant-supported overdentures. Instead of getting individual implants, which can be time-consuming and more expensive, two to four implants are installed to be anchored to a full denture. Many patients like the security, comfort and convenience of implant-supported dentures.
Find Out Which Denture Device Is Right for You
There's no need to continue to eat and smile awkwardly with missing teeth—talk to your dentist about these various denture devices to find out what will be best for you. Call Dr. Poss in Eau Claire, WI, today at (715) 833-2223 to schedule a consultation appointment.
Prevent Stained Teeth
- Keep teeth clean: Brush and floss every day—and immediately after eating or drinking—to remove plaque and other stain-causing debris that accumulates on the teeth.
- Choose foods and drinks wisely: Limit how often you drink tea, coffee and other dark foods and beverages. If you must indulge, do so in one sitting rather than sipping or snacking throughout the day. When drinking, use a straw to reduce your teeth’s exposure and minimize staining.
- Quit smoking: While easier said than done, smoking is a major cause of stained teeth. Stop now and you’ll not only save your teeth from turning yellow, but you will be doing your overall health a favor.
- Brush with whitening toothpaste: Whitening toothpastes won’t actually change the overall color of your teeth, but can be very effective at removing minor stains.
- Visit Christopher Poss, D.D.S.: Remember to schedule appointments with your dentist for a professional cleaning and check up every six months to keep your smile looking and feeling its very best.
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Welcome to the Blog of Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Eau Claire, WI area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.
As always, feel free to contact our Eau Claire office with any dental questions or concerns.
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