Restoring smiles is a lot like restoring paintings.
With Mother Nature as the original artist, I have to do my best to follow in her footsteps whenever I am restoring a damaged or missing tooth. The process is one part creativity, one part skill, and one part passion.
But unlike a painting that has deteriorated over the ages, a deteriorated smile can actually pose a danger to your health. Even just one missing tooth can increase your chances of contracting a gum disease infection – to say nothing of that missing tooth’s impact on your smile; just imagine the Mona Lisa without her famous smirk and you can probably get what I’m saying.
There are other problems which can arise from those missing teeth, as well, such as drifting teeth. This is more common in patients who who have multiple missing teeth, and occurs when your remaining teeth begin to fill out the gaps left behind by those phantom teeth. When this happens, you would need extensive orthodontic treatment, like braces, to realign those teeth and put them back in their proper place.
But it still won’t address the elephant in the room of those missing teeth.
Whether your teeth are missing, damaged, or simply worn down and nearly useless form the wear and tear of everyday life, a dental crown or dental crown are usually the best options for restoring function and beauty to a smile that has lost much of both.
Yet which type of crown is the right one?
Just as the art historian must work closely with the original work and try to recreate it in painstaking detail, so will your Eugene dentist attempt to replace the look and feel of a missing tooth with whatever material works best for your smile.
Many Roads Lead To Beauty
A crown is nothing more than an artificial cap that goes over an existing, damaged tooth. If you have a missing tooth, the crown can be secured via a dental implant or can be part of a bridge (think of it as a series of crowns) which is connected to the surrounding teeth, known as abutement (?) teeth in this case.
Whether you need a crown or a bridge depends upon the needs of your smile, but in any case, they will look exactly like your natural teeth because I will base them off of a mold of your smile. This will not only ensure a perfect match, but also a perfect fit.
Porcelain or Zirconia?
Now let’s talk about the two different kinds of materials that I will use to make your crowns, porcelain and zirconia. Each has its own unique properties that make it better suited for one situation or another.
The main difference is that porcelain crowns are more aesthetically pleasing, as they come the closest to matching the natural coloration and translucency of natural teeth. I will usually place them for front teeth so that you can enjoy a maximum visual impact. They require less preparation than other materials, which means you can retain more of the natural underlying tooth (assuming you still have some).
Zirconia crowns, on the other hand, are among the strongest types of material available to a dentist, and come close to matching porcelain’s luster. I will often recommend using zirconia for the “heavy lifters” in your smile, namely the rear molars. They can be matched to mimic the color and shade of your natural teeth, but they won’t come as close as porcelain.
As you can now see, the type of material I will use depends on what needs work, and where, just like that art restorer selecting his materials to bring new life to an old, neglected painting.
Make Your Smile A Work of Art
If you want to get the kind of beauty that’s normally reserved for art galleries right inside of your smile, I invite you to set up a consultation appointment so I can begin the work of repairing the integrity of a damaged or missing tooth.
To make your appointment, please call me at 458-205-5189. You may also request an appointment online by clicking here and filling out a simple questionnaire.
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