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or Is it time to replace your dental implant crown?
A dental implant is truly as close as you can come to having a real tooth. It feels just like a real tooth. It can eat and chew all the foods you love with the same power and precision as your natural teeth. It even looks real; however, it’s important that even once you get the dental implants that you visit our Honeoye Falls and Mendon NY area dentist Dr. Gregory Lowenguth at HFL Dental every six months to check your restoration to make sure that it’s healthy and doesn’t require additional care.
Of course, there are signs to be on the lookout for that will let you know that it’s probably time to replace your dental implant restoration here in Mendon NY. Some of these signs include:
A damaged crown
Most crowns are durable enough to last around 10-15 years; however, some can last even longer. But crowns, just like natural teeth, can also become damaged. Whether you crunched down on something hard or experienced a traumatic dental injury, you may be dealing with a fractured or cracked crown. Since even the smallest cracks can weaken crowns and cause additional cracks over time, it’s important to replace damaged crowns right away.
A loose crown
While crowns are cemented into place over the abutment certain habits could damage the bonding material and cause the crown to become loose or fall off. If you hear a clicking sound in the implant when you are talking or speaking, this is a sign that your implant crown may be loose. If the crown isn’t damaged, this is an easy fix; we simply just rebond the crown to the abutment.
Your crown is darker than the rest of your smile
If you’ve undergone teeth whitening treatment to improve your smile’s appearance before an important occasion like your wedding then your dentist probably told you that dental restorations will not lighten with whitening treatment; however, our dental team can still replace the crown with one that matches your brighter smile. Our goal is to provide you not just with a crown that is incredibly strong and functional but is also esthetically pleasing.
We’re happy to announce that Dr. Gregory Lowenguth is now the owner of HFL Dental and will continue to provide the same steadfast and dependable dental care you’ve always received from our practice. If it’s time to have your dental implant restoration checked by our Mendon and Honeoye Falls NY dental team, call HFL Dental at (585) 624-1917 to schedule your next checkup.
Implants can give you a natural and realistic new tooth.
In the past when you needed to replace a missing tooth your options were dental bridges and dentures. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced quickly over the decades, allowing our Honeoye Falls, NY, family dentist Dr. Greg Lowenguth to offer a tooth replacement that is as close to the real thing as you can possibly get. While maintaining your own natural teeth is the most important thing you can do, if you are faced with tooth loss, dental implants can make a world of difference.
How do dental implants work?
The implant itself is a small titanium post that replaces the missing tooth roots, but this is only one part of this tooth replacement. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, a special piece known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment connects the implant, which lies under the gums with a false tooth (e.g. a dental crown).
Why are so many people getting dental implants?
There is a reason this is a popular restoration for people looking to replace one, several, or even all of their teeth. Here are some of the benefits of getting dental implants,
- They feel and function just like real teeth; therefore, you will feel confident smiling, eating and socializing without ever worrying about your teeth. They will stay in place and they will look just like natural teeth.
- They are also designed to last a long time. Part of the implant’s success lies in the fact that it is made from a biocompatible material, which means that the bone and tissue fuse around the implant. This makes the implant a permanent structure within the jawbone. With the proper care a dental implant could last decades. Depending on when you get your implant you could end up having your implant the rest of your life.
- The implant also stimulates the jawbone in the same way as real tooth roots. This is important because without this stimulation the bone deteriorates. This happens with untreated tooth loss. Fortunately, our Honeoye Falls, NY, dentist can stop bone loss and other structural changes from happening to you by placing a dental implant.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can replace your missing teeth? If so, turn to HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY, for all of your smile needs. Call (585) 624-1917 to schedule your consultation.
If you’re struggling with dental problems, including loss of tooth stability, enamel, and deep discoloration, crowns might be right for you. Here at HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY, (also serving patients in Mendon) your family dentist, Dr. Carl Murano, uses crowns to restore and renew his patients' smiles—read on to learn if they are right for you too.
How Are Crowns Made and Placed?
A crown is created from a high-end ceramic material called porcelain that looks and feels just like a human tooth. During a crown's construction, it is specially designed to fit snugly over the remaining enamel surface for a comfortable and natural feel. Once placed, a dental crown can last for seven or more years, although its durability depends on how well you take care of your smile on a daily basis.
Addressing Your Dental Problems
There are a variety of reasons why your Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, family dentist might include a dental crown in your treatment plan. A crown can be installed:
- To put a restoration on a dental implant device.
- To cover a tooth after a root canal.
- For protection when a tooth is damaged by wear and tear, enamel erosion, discoloration, or injury.
- To create a bridge device, which covers a space caused by one or more missing teeth.
More Crown Benefits to Consider
Dental crowns offer a number of benefits including:
- Comfort and confidence when you’re eating and smiling.
- Closing gaps between the teeth and fixing cracks or chips.
- Restoration of natural color to a discolored tooth.
- Time to allow the tissues and pulp inside of your tooth to heal and remain healthy after a root canal.
Schedule Your Visit
Dial (585) 624-1917 today for an appointment with your family dentist, Dr. Carl Murano, at his office in Honeoye Falls, NY (also serving Mendon, NY).
Everyone is subject to tooth decay, but children are more prone than adults, says the American Dental Association (ADA). That's why Dr. Carl Murano, your family dentist, at HFL Dental serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, offers plastic sealants, thin, resilient coatings which protect deeply grooved teeth from the ravages of bacteria, acids and everyday wear and tear. They're a wonderful investment in your child's smile.
How cavities happen
Tooth decay happens when bacteria-filled plaque and tartar accumulate on tooth surfaces and underneath the gums. These "biofilms" proliferate with carb-laden, sugary diets and poor oral hygiene.
Your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon agrees with the American Dental Association's guidelines for preventive care: brushing twice a day with a soft-brush and a fluoride toothpaste (ages three and up), once a day flossing and semi-annual examinations and cleanings at the dental office. These practices pay big dividends of fewer cavities, decreased incidence of gum disease and of course, fresh breath and bright enamel.
Where cavities form
There are several locations where cavities most easily form. They include:
- The chewing surfaces of back molars and premolars (because they have deep grooves or fissures which hold plaque and bacteria)
- The cheek side of teeth near the gum line
Even the most careful of oral hygiene can miss or do an inadequate job in these areas, making them more prone to decay. As such, your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, advises a simple, inexpensive and long-lasting preventive treatment called dental sealants.
How plastic sealants work
Both children and adults may benefit from the application of plastic sealants, painted on coatings which penetrate fissures in tooth surfaces, protecting them from harmful bacteria. When children receive their adult teeth, the dentist inspects them for proper bite and overall condition. If he sees deep grooves, he may advise sealants.
To receive sealants, your child must sit still for about five minutes per tooth. Dr. Murano will show you which teeth need treatment, and then he'll clean, dry and etch each tooth. The etching liquid ensures a secure bond between the plastic sealant and the tooth: this is a critical part of the process.
Then, the dentist carefully will paint on the sealant and harden it with a special blue light. The tooth will look and bite normally but have an insulating barrier which should last up to a year.
Keep your child as cavity-free as possible. Sealants are a wonderful preventive measure which the friendly team at HFL Dental is happy to provide. To schedule cleaning and exam appointments, please call the office at (585) 624-1917.
This tooth-shaped restoration can restore strength back into a damaged tooth.
Did you just find out you need root canal treatment? Is one of your teeth severely malformed or discolored? Have you just cracked your tooth? If you said “yes” to any of these questions then it’s important that you get your smile the proper dental care you need to turn your smile around. For these scenarios, you may need to get a dental crown from our Mendon, NY, family dentist Dr. Carl Murano. What is a dental crown? We are here to answer that question and more.
What is a dental crown?
Most people have heard of a dental crown, a tooth-shaped cap that fits completely over the crown of your natural tooth, but they may not know why a crown is used. More often than not a crown is placed to strengthen and support a tooth that has been weakened by decay, infection or trauma. Once the integrity of a tooth’s natural structure is in jeopardy, a dental crown can be placed over it to encase it and provide protection from further damage.
Of course, a dental crown may also be used for cosmetic purposes, as well. If a damaged tooth is also misshapen or discolored then a crown can be placed over it not just to restore the tooth’s durability but also to improve its overall shape, size, and color.
Crowns are also instrumental in treating tooth loss. No matter whether you and our Mendon, NY, dentist have decided that a dental bridge or dental implant is the right approach for treating your tooth loss, crowns can be placed over a dental implant to complete the restoration and they can also be placed on natural teeth to support a dental bridge (a dental prosthetic that contains false teeth that are cemented between the two crowns).
How are dental crowns placed?
Before crowns can be placed a few things need to happen first. We will need to prepare the tooth to make room for the crown to fit over it. From there, we will need to take molds of your teeth, which will give a dental lab the exact measurements needed from which to create a custom-fitted dental crown. All crowns are customized to fit your smile.
In most cases, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth to protect it while your permanent crown is being made. Once the permanent crown has been fabricated and sent back to us we will have you come back in for a final fitting before cementing it permanently over your tooth. With the proper care, dental crowns can last for many years.
Do you have questions about getting a dental crown in Mendon, NY? Do you want to find out if dental crowns are right for your smile? If so, turn to Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental for the answers you need to make the right decisions about your oral health.