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When Are Dental Crowns Needed?
If you have damaged teeth, you know how hard it can be to show off your smile. And not only can cracked, chipped or worn down teeth make you self conscious, they can also be uncomfortable, making biting, chewing and even brushing painful or difficult.
One solution to flawed teeth is the application of dental crowns, an effective and attractive option available from Dr. Thomas G. Naiver in East Lansing. Here is what you should know about dental crowns and what they can do for you.
What is a crown?
A dental crown is essentially a cap for your damaged tooth which covers imperfections. A crown may be fashioned from resin, porcelain or a ceramic material and will be custom designed to fit securely and comfortably over your tooth.
How do I know if I need a dental crown?
At our office in East Lansing, your dentist may advise a crown if you have any of the following:
- A misshapen tooth
- A tooth with cracks or chips
- A tooth that has been worn down
- A tooth that is severely yellowed or gray in hue
- A tooth with a cavity which can't be properly treated
- A tooth with a protrusion or jagged surface
What are the advantages of a dental crown?
With a dental crown, you will have full function of your tooth again. Eating, chewing, brushing and flossing will be easier, and you may find your oral structure is improved.
From an appearance standpoint, a dental crown is both natural-looking and attractive, restoring your smile to its best.
How is a dental crown placed?
At our office in East Lansing, your dentist will begin by numbing your tooth and gum area so you stay comfortable as he prepares the surface of the tooth receiving the crown. This creates a porous surface so the crown can securely attach.
Your dentist will then take an impression of your tooth, using either a digital scanner or by hand with a putty-like material. You will be provided with a temporary crown at our East Lansing office while your implant is being created.
During your next appointment, your dentist will use a permanent adhesive to attach the crown. Any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure you can bite properly.
If you are considering dental crowns, make an appointment with our East Lansing dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver by calling 517-351-7222.
Find out if your smile could benefit from this popular tooth replacement.
Are you an adult who is missing at least one permanent tooth? If you said “yes” the good news is that our East Lansing dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver can help. It’s certainly comforting to know that there are many ways to replace your missing tooth and that during your consultation we will discuss your needs, lifestyle and budget to find out the best option. For many of our adult patients, dental implants tend to be a great fit for replacing missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
The implant itself is a small tapered titanium post. This post replaces the roots of the teeth. In order to do this our East Lansing, MI, implant dentist will need to place the implant into the jawbone so that it can provide the bone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong. Once the implant is placed the bone and implant will fuse together, providing a long-lasting and incredibly dependable foundation from which to hold a false tooth or even a full set of false teeth.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Most adults who are dealing with tooth loss are good candidates for dental implants. Of course, there are several factors that could influence your candidacy. A good candidate for dental implants is,
An adult: children and teens aren’t usually good candidates because their jaws are still developing
Good oral health: if you have active decay or gum disease these problems may need to be treated before you can get implants
Are you looking for a dentist in East Lansing, MI, that can provide you with the beautiful, long-lasting dental implant you want to restore your smile? If so, call our dental practice today at (517) 351-7222 to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Do you need dental implants from your East Lansing, MI dentist?
If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss can lead to the deterioration of your jawbones without the support it needs.
Your East Lansing dentist begins the procedure by administering a local anesthetic and placing a titanium post into the jawbone. The titanium post acts as the new tooth root. Titanium is biocompatible so tissue rejection isn't a worry. The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months while the process of osseointegration (fusion of titanium post to bones) takes its full course. When you return, your dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.
Dental implant surgery has a 95 percent success rate. One of the many advantages of dental implants is that it can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth.
Dental implants can last a lifetime and are stable while eating or speaking. Dentures may need to be exchanged for new ones or several adjustments throughout the years, so dental implants are a better long-term investment.
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing should be a part of your daily dental regimen. In addition to good dental hygiene, regular dental checkups and professional cleanings with your East Lansing dentist are important preventative measures.
To find out if you're a candidate for dental implants visit your dentist. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Thomas Faiver in East Lansing, MI, by calling (517) 351-7222 today!
Find out if that toothache could mean that a root canal is in your near future.
Nothing is better than having a healthy, happy smile. Of course, there are issues that can arise along the way that will require immediate attention from our East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver. While we know you don’t want to come into the office if you don’t have to, it’s a good idea to call us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- A toothache
- Sudden tooth sensitivity
- Tooth darkening
- Swollen or tender gums around the affected tooth
- A bump or growth on the gums around the tooth
These are some classic signs that you may need a root canal. A toothache alone is a dental emergency that requires immediate attention.
What is a root canal?
This procedure gets a bad rep, but it truly is no more invasive than getting a dental filling. Sometimes decay, an infection or a traumatic injury causes enough damage or goes untreated long enough to affect an internal structure within the tooth known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a soft structure made up of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Since the pulp is the only part of the tooth that contains nerves, it makes sense that when the pulp is infected or inflamed that your tooth starts to hurt.
The purpose of a root canal is to remove the source of the pain. Once a tooth has fully matured the dental pulp is no longer necessary for the health and function of a permanent tooth. This means that our East Lansing, MI, restorative dentist can remove the pulp without affecting the overall integrity of the tooth. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so the area will be completely numb before we go inside the tooth. The inside of the tooth is also thoroughly disinfected and then sealed up to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth again.
After the root canal is finished, we will take impressions of the tooth and then prep the tooth for a dental crown. A crown will restore function while improving the overall appearance of the tooth. While the permanent crown is being made we will place a temporary crown over the treated tooth.
Do you have questions about getting a root canal? Are you dealing with dental pain or another dental emergency that requires immediate care? Then don’t hesitate to call our East Lansing, MI, dental office right away.
Do you know what to do if you chip a tooth? East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver explains the steps you should take if your tooth chips and explains treatment options.
Why do teeth chip?
As you get older, your tooth enamel can become a little brittle, increasing the risk of a chip. Chips can also occur if you receive a blow to the face, have a cavity or bite into a hard food or object. Although nothing may have happened when you've opened bottles or packages with your teeth in the past, you never know when using your teeth in place of an opener or scissors may damage your smile.
What should I do if I chip my tooth?
Even small chips can be a problem, particularly if the edges of the chip are rough or sharp. Applying a little dental wax, available at drugstores, will prevent cuts to your lip, tongue and mouth until you schedule an appointment with our East Lansing office.
Using dental wax to reduce irritation is also important if you have a larger chip. Call our East Lansing office during regular hours if you develop a small chip in your tooth. If a large part of the tooth has broken off, call us as soon as possible so that we can determine if you need emergency treatment.
How are chips treated?
Small chips in teeth can be often be smoothed out by polishing your teeth. Larger chips can be repaired by bonding, a process that involves filling in the chipped area with composite resin, a flexible material that hardens quickly when exposed to a curing light. Dental veneers offer another option to repair small chips. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the front of your teeth.
If you have a large chip, your teeth may need to be restored with a dental crown. Crowns are hollow porcelain restorations that slip over your teeth. They not only restore the appearance of your smile but also make eating much easier. If a large chip exposes the pulp at the center of your tooth, you may also need a root canal.
Do you have a chip or other dental issue? Call East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver at (517) 351-7222 to schedule an appointment.