Posts for tag: crowns

By Michael J Morris, DDS
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   Invisalign   crowns   Bridges  

Your teeth only make up a small percentage of your body, yet problems with them can affect your ability to eat and your self-esteem. Dr. Michael Morris in Spring, TX, shares some information on a few cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve the function and appearance of your teeth.

Crowns

Also called caps, these hollow restorations are created in a dental laboratory and designed to fit your mouth perfectly. Because a crown slips over your tooth and covers it completely, it's good choice if you want to correct the shape of a twisted tooth or make a short tooth a little longer. Crowns are also used to hide discolorations and other flaws, repair teeth that have broken and strengthen cracked or fragile teeth. Since crowns must be tough enough to handle vigorous biting and chewing, they're made with materials that very strong, such as porcelain, ceramic, gold and metal alloys.

Bridges

It's hard to feel good about your smile when you have missing teeth. Bridges offer an excellent way to close gaps in your smile. Crowns, an important part of every bridge, anchor one or more artificial teeth suspended between them. Whether you receive a bridge or a crown, you'll need to visit Dr. Morris' Spring office twice. During the first visit, an impression of your mouth will be made and your tooth will be reduced to allow the crown or crown portion of the bridge to fit correctly. Once the crown or bridge is completed by the technicians at a dental laboratory, you'll come back for the second visit and receive your restoration.

Invisalign

Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Straightening your teeth is simple when you wear clear, removable Invisalign aligners. Swapping the aligners for a new set every two weeks is an essential part of the straightening process. Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn 20 hours per day and are removed when you eat.

Veneers

If a cosmetic dental issue doesn't affect your entire tooth, you may want to consider veneers. The thin pieces of porcelain are applied to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement and hide flaws that can ruin your smile. Veneers are a good choice if you're concerned about discolorations, gaps, chips or cracks. Many people use veneers as a long-lasting whitening option for all of their teeth.

Have you been putting off taking care of a dental problem? There's no need to wait any longer when cosmetic dentistry services can improve your smile. Call Dr. Morris in Spring, TX, at (281) 379-6939 to schedule your appointment.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
September 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
AToothlessTiger

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”



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Spring, TX 77379
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