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By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Many people settle for a life with a damaged, or incomplete smile. Whether that includes fractured, broken, stained, or even missing teeth, dental crownsthere are many options available to improve a damaged smile at any stage. Dr. Bruce Schechter, a family dentist in Milford, CT, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for the whole family.

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Even if your teeth and gums are relatively healthy, even minor cosmetic damage can have an adverse effect on your smile. Dental crowns are custom designed "caps" that cover a damaged tooth to improve its cosmetic appearance, and restore lost tooth structure due to decay, trauma, or wear and tear. Crowns and bridgework are an affordable and minimally invasive solution for tooth loss.

When are Dental Crowns a Good Choice?

Crowns are one of the most versatile dental restorations available and can fix a number of problems. One of the most common functions for crowns is to save a severely decayed tooth when a cavity has become too large to fill with a standard dental filling. A crown can restore the missing portion of the tooth and protect the remaining tooth structure and root from further damage.

Sometimes a tooth can become weak or fractured from trauma or as a result of previous dental work, making it more vulnerable to cracks and breaks. In this case, the dentist may recommend a crown to strengthen the tooth.

Other uses for dental crowns include:

  • Replace missing teeth with bridgework
  • Cover moderate to severe breaks and cracks
  • Cover cosmetic damage like permanent stains and discolorations or misshaped teeth

Find a Family Dentist in Milford, CT

Are you ready to improve your smile and oral health, as well as your quality of life? For more information about dental crowns and your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office today by calling (203) 878-1787 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schechter.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
March 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dr. Bruce Schechter is committed to quality care and providing his patients with a comfortable and convenient experience at his Milford, CTdental crowns family dentistry office. He can help give your smile new strength and beauty by simply adding a crown to a damaged tooth. A crown forms a solid layer of protection over a natural tooth. Find out if your smile is in need of a crown.

Reasons for Crowns
There is an extensive list of reasons why a patient might need a crown. For instance, a head injury suffered during a sports game could cause trauma to a single tooth, making it look discolored and feel sensitive. A crown will restore its original color and its stability so that you can eat and smile confidently once again. Crowns are also used for bridge devices, which close gaps caused by missing teeth. After a root canal treatment, capping the tooth with a crown is the best way to ensure that the infection doesn’t return.

Crown Design
Creating a desirable custom crown is an art. It starts with preparing the affected tooth so that a crown will fit over it and fit in with the rest of your smile. Your Milford dentist will then take a mold of the prepared tooth and send it to a dental lab for processing. The goal is to create a lifelike tooth replacement tooth covering that provides a sturdy and snug fit. You’ll have to return to Dr. Schechter’s family dentistry once more for the bonding appointment.

Crown Maintenance
Over time you will most likely forget that you even have a crown. It becomes just like the rest of your teeth in terms of proper maintenance and care. Follow these maintenance tips to ensure that your crown, and the rest of your teeth, stay healthy and attractive:

-  Make at-home dental care a priority. Buy the best toothbrush and paste recommended by your dentist. Keep floss in your bathroom, and in your bag when traveling.
- Consider holistic ways to keep your teeth healthy, including eating better foods.
- Go to your Milford family dentistry office for professional cleanings and whenever you feel there may be an issue with the crown.

A Stronger Smile with Crowns
After you consult your dentist about crowns, you’ll find that they can make your smile feel stronger and look much more attractive. Call (203) 878-1787 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Schechter at his family dentistry in Milford, CT.

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!