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Posts for: September, 2017

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
September 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Find out whether or not dental crowns could improve the function or look of your smile.

Dental crowns are a pretty popular and common restoration. After all, they offer a lot of wonderful benefits, particularly for teeth that are dental crownsdamaged or decaying. Our Milford, CT, family dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, is here to tell you a little bit more about dental crowns, the types of crowns available and why they could just be the best choice you make for your oral health.

What is a dental crown?

You probably know what a dental crown is already even if you’ve never gotten one before. Crowns have been around for a long time and offer a way to protect a weak or damaged tooth from further damage and deterioration. These tooth-shaped restorations are hollow on the inside that they can cover the entire tooth to provide a stronger and more stable outer surface.

What kinds of crowns are available?

There are many different materials that can be used to create a dental crown. Of course, our Milford dentist knows that you want a restoration that most closely resembles a natural tooth. After all, the only person who should know that you have a dental crown is you. This is why we offer all-porcelain dental crowns for teeth that are visible when you smile. Porcelain offers a translucency that is similar to natural tooth enamel and it can even be matched to the natural shade of your teeth so that the new restoration blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile.

As you may already know, back teeth take a lot more force and pressure from jaws when speaking, chewing or biting down. The jaws are extremely powerful and the average person exerts about 171 pounds on back teeth when chewing or biting down. That’s a lot of weight and pressure on your teeth day in and day out; therefore, you need a restoration that will live up to the challenge.

We don’t believe in giving you restorations that you’ll need to have replaced or repaired in just a few short years. We want the dental work that we place to last as long as possible. This is why you need a porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crown to protect back teeth.

The metal provides a strong foundation that all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns won’t be able to provide for back teeth. Having reliable, strong metal under the tooth-colored porcelain provides the reinforcement you need to maintain your new restoration for many years to come while also providing a tooth-colored restoration that looks natural.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns in Milford, CT? If so, then it’s time you called our dental office and scheduled a visit with Dr. Schechter. Your smile will thank you!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are a dental procedure used to replace missing teeth. They are a removable appliance that is made of a strong material that is denturesdurable. Dentures help to improve speech, chewing and provide support for facial muscles. It also improves the appearance of a smile. Your dentist in Milford, Connecticut Dr. Bruce Schechter can evaluate patients to determine whether or not dentures are a viable treatment method.

About Dentures

Complete or full dentures are made when all of the natural teeth are missing. A full denture is worn on both the upper and lower jaw. These conventional or immediate dentures are custom made to each patient’s mouth. They are inserted immediately after the removal of any remaining teeth. Your Milford, Connecticut dentist will take models of the jaws during the preliminary visit.

The benefit of immediate dentures is that the patient doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. Bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the six-month period of healing. When the gums shrink, immediate dentures require relining in order for them to fit properly. Healing can take up to 8 weeks. An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over the remaining natural teeth. These partial dentures are a great solution when several teeth are missing in the mouth.

An impression is made of the patient's jaw with a wax base that is carved out to create the finished denture. A wax try-in is done at the dental office so adjustments can be made before the actual dentures are made. This is important in order to obtain the proper fit and bite. To learn more about dentures from your Milford, Connecticut dentist Dr. Schechter, call 203-878-1787 today.