Why Dental Crowns Can Be a Necessary Solution

The fact that they’re called permanent teeth reveals something. But even with the best of intentions you could require restorative dentistry treatment with dental crowns.

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Eat healthy, use good oral hygiene, follow-through on your dental examinations and teeth cleanings two times per year, and you’ll help secure their health.

That said, your teeth can still be vulnerable to decay, loss, trauma, or damage that requires treatment.

You have options

Restorative dentistry is an effective solution for maintaining your teeth. Dental crowns are a common treatment for strengthening and restoring your tooth structure including the damage caused by tooth decay or a broken tooth.

Crowns also provide a cosmetic dentistry benefit. For example, they can improve the appearance of your tooth that has become discolored.

Dental crowns support other restorative and cosmetic procedures as well. A crown provides the new, surface portion for your dental implant and they can help secure your dental bridge.

All things considered

Your dental crown requires some preparation time. This helps assure that your restoration is custom fitted and matches your surrounding teeth.

On average, expect two appointments in our Roswell dental office for your dental crown procedure. An initial examination and x-rays will enable me to determine the scope of your tooth damage before preparing your crown.

The chewing surface and sides of your tooth will be prepared. This assures that your crown will fit with your adjacent teeth.

A dental impression provides our dental lab the necessary information for a precise fit and bite. You will have a temporary crown placed while your new dental crown is being custom designed.

At your second appointment the temporary crown will be removed and your new, permanent crown will be placed.

I will check the fit, color, and aesthetic match of your crown to your surrounding teeth. Once it is properly fitted and your bite is accurate I’ll cement your dental crown in place.

Lifetime value

Your dental crown is designed to last. It’s a strong, restorative treatment that is made from a variety of materials including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), porcelain, ceramic, or resin.

It’s vital that you care for your new crown as you would your natural teeth. Brush, floss, and schedule your dental examinations and teeth cleanings two times per year.

Avoid grinding your teeth and be careful when consuming hard, sticky foods. This protects your crown and enables it to last.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your tooth damage or tooth decay issues. Schedule a dental examination to discuss dental crowns and how they can strengthen and restore your tooth.

Comfortable, Fast Gum Treatment (and More) Without Surgery

This word might cause a reaction. Ready?

Surgery!

It’s something you would prefer to avoid. Agreed?

Laser dentistry has significantly changed the treatment process for many dental procedures. Gum disease, gum treatment, tissue and bone alterations, and more can be treated with the use of advanced laser technology.

A radical change in gum treatment

Oral surgery, including gum surgery, once involved a series of dental appointments. The major concern was a painful recovery process and the occasional suturing that was required.

Laser dentistry radically changes all that. You can save time with less appointments, a faster procedure, plus a more comfortable recovery period than with traditional surgery.

Our Roswell dental office uses LANAP®️ (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). This laser dentistry technology is minimally invasive without the use of a scalpel, cutting, or stitches.

LANAP®️ has a variety of uses to improve the health of your teeth and gums. The technology provides a comfortable and effective treatment for periodontal (gum) disease without surgery.

  • Heal faster
  • Comfortable procedure and post-op
  • Minimal bleeding and complications

Like surgery…only different

Think of laser dentistry with LANAP®️ as a type of surgery minus all the painful procedural and post-op issues. A thin laser removes the diseased tissue between your teeth and gums and promotes improved tissue health.

Laser dentistry with LANAP®️ can also help eliminate infection. Once the tissue is removed with the laser technology it gently seals the treated area.

Most laser procedures will be experienced without bleeding or discomfort. Some treatment can be provided without the use of a local anesthesia.

Traditional gum surgery can require two to four weeks for post-op recovery. Laser gum surgery is significantly less than that depending on the extent of your procedure.

Contact your Roswell dentist about laser dentistry. Schedule a consultation to discuss the advanced laser technology using LANAP®️.

How to Recognize Gum Disease Before It Worsens

Things are not always what they appear on the surface. That said, it’s not uncommon for your dental health to be somewhat deceiving.

Picture this…

You’re brushing and flossing but something’s not right. You notice some irritation and perhaps some slight bleeding around your gums.

No big deal, right? Well, not necessarily.

Your worst-case scenario

Let’s not jump to conclusions. Though an advanced warning can certainly help.

Bleeding can be an indication of aggressive brushing or flossing. Or it could be the early sign of an infection.

A gum infection occurs in stages. The sooner you catch it and treat it the better.

Neglect or poor dental care open the door to oral infection. Plaque is to blame most often.

Dental plaque is the sticky residue that builds up on the surface of your teeth. The major threat is that it harbors bacteria.

Plaque and the bacteria it contains are the cause of your gum infection. It occurs when plaque is not removed and it works its way into the deeper crevices beneath your gum line.

Gingivitis is the first phase of infection. Untreated, it can worsen into periodontitis.

The next and final stage is periodontal (gum) disease. It attacks and weakens your gum tissue, reducing your tooth support, and can eventually lead to tooth loss.

This is what you’re looking for with Gum Disease

Consistently swollen, bleeding, or sore gums are indicators that gum disease is progressing. You might experience difficulty flossing or brushing due to the inflammation or irritation.

The milder symptoms associated with gingivitis can be easily treated. Once periodontitis sets in your teeth, bone, and gum tissue are at risk.

Observe the spaces between your teeth. And be aware of other symptoms that include loose teeth, receding, puffy, red, or bleeding gums.

The one-thing you must deal with

Periodontal disease can be slowed by removing the plaque from your tooth surfaces. Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar.

It’s vital that you maintain a good oral health routine. If your gum infection has progressed you will need dental treatment to prevent further tooth and gum damage.

Routine dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Roswell dental office are the perfect support for your routine oral care. A deep cleaning is also recommended when you have the symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease.

Scaling and root planing is the go-to procedure for treating and cleaning the areas around your teeth and gums. This treatment removes dental plaque and tartar and helps eliminate harmful bacteria.

Contact your Roswell dentist if you experience any symptoms of gum disease. Schedule you and your family’s next dental examination and teeth cleaning.