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By Salt Lake Smiles
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental

Do you have a tooth that is decayed or cracked? Is it painful, or does it have multiple fillings? Your tooth may be a candidate for a dental dental crownscrown from West Jordan, UT dentist, Dr. Darrell Osterhoudt. He offers crowns as a great option for preserving the strength, function and appearance of your smile for years.

The Details on Dental Crowns

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration which covers and supports the healthy part of a damaged tooth. It begins at the gum line and extends to the top of the tooth, giving it durability and natural appearance. Many crowns are made from all-porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM), depending on where the tooth is located and on the patient's preference and budget.

A versatile restoration, a dental crown also may be used to complete a dental implant or to anchor fixed bridgework. A dental crown usually finishes a root canal procedure in which a tooth's infected pulp is removed.

Your West Jordan dentist carefully evaluates a tooth before recommending crown placement. He does this with visual inspection and digital X-rays. Then, he devises a treatment plan individualized to patient need.

The Placement Procedure

First, the dentist takes an oral impression so the dental lab creates a crown with an accurate shape, fit and bite with the opposing arch of teeth. Then, he prepares the tooth to receive the crown by removing the damaged enamel and any filling material.

He shapes the tooth to receive the restoration, and he places a temporary to cover the tooth while the crown is made. A conventional crown takes one week or so to return from the outside dental lab.

When the crown is ready, Dr. Osterhoudt removes the temporary and cements the restoration in place. He checks the color, fit and bite to ensure that they are just perfect, and the treatment is complete.

Caring for a Crown

Dental crowns can last many years with proper care. The key to their longevity are:

  • Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing
  • Wearing a customized mouth guard if night time teeth grinding is a problem
  • Avoiding extra hard foods such as taffy and ice cubes
  • Getting semi-annual check-ups and cleanings at Salt Lake Smiles

Preserve Your Smile

Find out more about dental crowns by contacting Dr. Osterhoudt for a consultation. If you are a candidate for this restoration, he will carefully explain your options and the entire process. Call (801) 568-0172 for an appointment in West Jordan, UT.

March 30, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Veneers  

Some patients have to wait years and go to many dental appointments to get the beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted. If waiting that long simply isn’t an option for you, talk to your dentist about dental veneers. With veneers, you get a big difference in the appearance of your smile with a very small procedure that can be completed in about two or three appointments. Learn more about veneers from your family dentist.Dental Veneers

What Is a Veneer?
A veneer is a covering placed over the surface of a tooth to make it look more attractive, whiter and more naturally shaped. It’s commonly made of porcelain, which is a very tough and durable material that resembles natural tooth enamel. The veneer resists staining and fixes a number of common cosmetic problems, including chipping, gaps and ridges in the teeth.

What Will Happen at the Veneer Appointment?
When it’s clear that veneers can help your smile, the next step is to get your teeth prepared for them. The preparation process involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to make room for the veneer and ensure a proper bond. Since a veneer is as thin as a contact lens, less than a millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth so that a proper veneer can be made. At the final appointment, the veneer is bonded and shaped to perfection.

How Long Will this New Smile Last?
Veneers are a wonder of cosmetic dentistry not just because they give you a big difference in your smile with a small procedure, but also because they are long-lasting. Once a porcelain veneer is bonded, it can last for as long as 20 years—maybe even longer. It’s important to treat your veneers with as much TLC as your other teeth to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

How Do You Care for Veneers?
The veneer has a strong bond to your tooth, but you have to keep it clean and free from plaque buildup to ensure its ongoing health and resilience. Brush around all surfaces of the tooth and floss between the teeth daily. Avoid biting hot foods (or drinking hot beverages) with your veneers as much as possible and drink less sugary beverages. One of the most important things to remember after you get veneers is to keep up with twice-yearly appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Contact your Family Dentist

Veneers can give your smile a makeover that you never imagined was possible, and it only takes one small dental procedure to make a big difference. Call your family dentist for a veneers appointment today.

West Jordan, UT Dentist
Salt Lake Smiles
9217 Redwood Road Ste C
West Jordan, UT 84088

(801) 568-0172
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