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When a tooth experiences decay--a cavity--your family dentist in Fort Worth, TX, will treat it so you have good oral health once again. Dr. Brad McConnell offers natural-looking and durable tooth-colored fillings which literally make decay disappear. If you suspect you have a cavity, look forward to expert and lifelike restoration from Harris Parkway Dental Care.
The story of tooth decay
It happens to almost all of us at some time in our lives. How does it happen? Well, the American Dental Association (ADA) says that bacteria-filled plaque forms on and between teeth all the time. Oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans is active in your mouth, feeding on food residues and giving off acids that destroy tooth enamel. This microbe is responsible for your cavity.
Unfortunately, if undetected, a cavity can invade the interior of a tooth, causing infection, fracture, and eventual tooth loss. However, the good news is that with routine check-ups and cleanings at Harris Parkway Dental Care, your teeth can stay healthy and plaque-free. Plus, your Fort Worth dentist will see those spots of decay at their earliest stages and treat them quickly.
The material of choice
Today's dental fillings are more lifelike and durable than ever. While in years past amalgam, or metal, fillings were the only material dentists had at hand, now Dr. McConnell may choose from porcelain inlays and onlays (partial crowns), composite resin (a blend of glass and acrylic), and glass ionomer (which features sustained release fluoride). Each tooth-colored material has specific applications, but the most frequently used is composite resin.
Composite resin is the same natural-looking material used to repair cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, pits, and small gaps. Also, it keeps permanently bonded retainers in place after orthodontic correction or when the dentist wishes to strengthen mobile or weak teeth. Lasting ten years or more with good oral hygiene at home and with routine exams and cleanings at Harris Parkway Dental Care, composite resin fills a tooth and recreates its chewing surfaces and other areas as needed.
To place a tooth-colored filling, your Fort Worth family dentist will use locally-injected medication to numb your tooth and the area surrounding it. Then, he'll remove the damaged portions and apply a mild etching liquid. With composite resin fillings, the doctor removes only the decayed portions and leaves the healthy parts intact.
Next, Dr. McConnell will apply the color-matched resin to create layers, curing each one with a blue LED light. Finally, the dentist checks the bite to ensure a comfortable fit with the opposite arch of teeth.
At your next routine check-up with Dr. McConnell, ask him about today's innovative filling materials and procedures. Dentists love to educate their patients so they make good decisions about their dental care. If it's time to book your appointment, call Harris Parkway Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 423-2223.
You might think that a damaged or injured tooth is beyond help, but your dentist can restore and reinforce it with a dental crown. A dental crown looks, feels, and functions just like the outer enamel of a healthy tooth. It is actually even stronger. Let the team at Harris Parkway Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX give your damaged tooth a second chance with a crown.
Does Your Smile Need a Dental Crown?
With a visual examination and X-rays, your dentist will help you determine if a dental crown is the ideal treatment for your particular case. Here are a few clues that your smile may benefit from a dental crown:
- A tooth is changing colors and cannot be whitened with bleaching solutions.
- The edges of the tooth are rough, jagged, and worn-down.
- One tooth is smaller than the others.
- A tooth has recently been treated with root canal therapy.
- A missing tooth can be replaced with a bridge device (two crowns are needed).
The Resilience of a Dental Crown
A dental crown is even more resilient, tough, and beautiful compared to your natural tooth before it lost its strength, color, and glossy luster. Crowns are most commonly made of a porcelain material, which makes them very attractive and strong. Your custom crown can last for 10 or more years after its installed by your Fort Worth dentist.
How a Crown Is Made and Installed
A dental crown is handcrafted by a specialist who uses your unique tooth impression to decide how it should be shaped and sized. The outer enamel will be removed from the affected tooth before the impression is taken. Your dentist will hand-contour and shape the crown so that it fits in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. A strong bonding material is used to attach the crown to your tooth (which is now called an abutment). When installed, it will be indistinguishable from your other teeth in terms of color, size, and shape.
See Your Dentist for a Crown Consultation
After careful consideration and examination, your Fort Worth, TX dentist will tell you if you need a crown. Contact Dr. Brad McConnell at Harris Parkway Dental Care by calling (817) 423-2223 today.
It’s amazing what dental crowns can do for a broken or weakened tooth.
There is nothing more frustrating then finding out you cracked or broke your tooth on something you ate. There are many reasons why a tooth may become damaged, whether from eating hard foods or from severe decay. Find out how our Fort Worth, TX dentist, Dr. Brad McConnell, can help make your tooth strong again with dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
Just as the visible portion of your natural teeth is called a crown, a dental crown is a dental restoration that is designed to look just like the natural crown of a tooth. One major difference is that a dental crown is hollow, so that it can fit perfectly over a weak or damaged tooth to restore it. A crown is custom made and then cemented over a tooth that has been filed down and prepared for the new restoration.
A crown is really meant to protect the rest of your tooth’s healthy structure. A weak tooth can incur more damage if left untreated, but not when a dental crown is placed over it. A crown will improve not only the strength and resilience of your tooth but also the appearance (bye-bye discolorations and unsightly cracks).
When are dental crowns used?
A crown is a versatile restoration that can be used for many different situations:
- To cover a cracked, chipped, fractured or broken teeth
- To cover a tooth that has severe decay that a dental filling can’t fix
- To protect and preserve a tooth after root canal treatment
- To cover a dental implant
- To support a dental bridge
- To improve the appearance of a misshapen, discolored or unsightly tooth
If you are looking to address one of these issues above then it’s time to talk to our Fort Worth cosmetic dentist about whether dental crowns are the right choice for you.
If you think a dental crown could improve the look or health of your smile, it’s time you called Harris Parkway Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX to learn more. Schedule your consultation today!