Posts for: February, 2018

By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Once you lose a natural tooth, you lose something very valuable--a complete smile. Each tooth plays an important role in your oral health dental crownsand function and in your personal appearance. As such, Dr. Michael Morris in Spring, TX, endeavors to give a damaged tooth a second chance. Through a well-known restoration called a dental crown, you probably can keep--and strengthen-- your tooth that's sick or weak. Here's what you should know about dental crowns.

What is a dental crown?

Some people call it a cap, but whatever name you use, the dental crown is one of the most reliable and versatile restorations modern dentistry offers. These days, dentists, such as Dr. Morris, usually use true to life porcelain to custom-make a crown to completely cover healthy portions of the tooth. As a patient's unique needs warrant, he may recommend porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or precious metal.

Typically, crowns remake teeth damaged by:

  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Dental abscess (root canal therapy may precede the crown treatment)
  • Oral injury (large chip, deep crack or denatured enamel which darkens a tooth)
  • Odd shape (such as a peg-shaped lateral incisor)
  • Deep stains from fluorosis (exposure to too much fluoride in childhood), tobacco, or prescription medications such as tetracycline

Also, Dr. Morris uses dental crowns to affix bridgework to adjoining natural teeth and to complete dental implants.

The crown process

Through oral examination and X-ray imaging, Dr. Ross determines a tooth's suitability for restoration with a crown. He'll look at how much enamel is left above the gum line and make sure that the interior pulp and supporting root and bone are healthy.

If a crown is appropriate, Dr. Ross takes an impression of the tooth and creates specific instructions for the dental lab. Additionally, he'll remove the unhealthy tooth structure with a dental drill (usually numbing the tooth first) and then shape it to accept the restoration. While the lab makes the new crown, the patient wears a temporary cap.

To place the permanent crown, Dr. Ross removes the temporary and then uses a strong adhesive to bond the new one in place. A dental crown extends the lifespan of a compromised tooth, allowing you to have a completely natural-looking and well-functioning smile.

Plus, crowns are easy to care for: just brush, floss and get routine cleanings and exams with Dr. Morris. Avoid hard foods, and if you're a tooth-grinder, wear a night time mouth guard.

Learn more in Spring, TX

Find out if a dental crown could restore your smile. For a consultation with Dr. Morris, call his office in Spring, TX, at (281) 379-6939.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.

But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?

The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.

An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).

A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.

Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.

While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.

Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”

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Michael J Morris, DDS
9318 Louetta Road Suite 600
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 379-6939
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