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What Makes Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays So Different?

August 23, 2013

crownsFor a tooth that’s badly damaged or decayed, sometimes the best treatment option is a crown. A crown covers an entire tooth, protecting it from further damage, but leaving it and the root underneath in place for the benefit of your oral health. With the proper care, crowns can last for years and restore your smile’s appearance and functionality.

But as great as crowns are, not every patient needs something quite as dramatic. At the same time, though, maybe you need more than just a simple filling to reclaim optimal oral health.

That’s where inlays and onlays come in.

Inlays and onlays are similar to crowns, in that they’re made of porcelain, but they don’t cover your entire tooth the way a crown does. You might say they’re halfway between a crown and a filling then. Inlays are made to repair the part of the tooth that runs between its cusps, which are the bumps on top of a tooth. Onlays, on the other hand, are designed to replace one or more cusps.

Are you worried you might need advanced care with a crown, an inlay, or an onlay? Call Juno Beach Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry today for an appointment with Dr. Keuning or Dr. Riley. We’re proud to offer excellent cosmetic and restorative care to Juno Beach, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Tequesta.

The History of Dental Implants

July 16, 2013

In dental implants, we talked about the history of teeth whitening. Today, we’d like to focus on another popular service—dental implants.

As with whitening, people have always been looking for a way to replace missing teeth. Scientists have found evidence that the Mayans implanted tooth-shaped shells into the jaw 1,300 years ago to replace missing teeth. Going back even further, the Romans may have used cast-iron, while the Egyptians used gold wires. Other materials that have been used throughout history include rubber, ivory, copper, semi-precious stones, and oxen bone.

And then there are dental implants as we now know them. These date from around 1965. Scientist Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered that titanium would fuse with bone tissue, leading eventually to the placement of the first dental implant in a human skull.

Why are modern-day dental implants so effective? Because they mimic nature’s design, with a crown on top and a titanium root underneath to act as a prosthetic root. What’s more, they’re versatile enough to replace a single tooth or a full row of teeth.

Not every patient is a candidate for dental implants, though. To find out if dental implants might be right for you, call Juno Beach Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry for a consultation. During your visit with us, Dr. Greg Riley and Dr. Duane Keuning will help you decide if dental implants will help you meet your needs, or if another service might be better.

We’re proud to provide cosmetic and restorative care to Juno Beach, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Tequesta.

Why Is Replacing Missing Teeth So Important?

October 2, 2012

Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic issue. Gaps in your smile can also have a powerful impact on your oral health by changing your smile’s alignment, impairing functionality, and contributing to bone loss in the jaw.

In part, this is because a gap in your smile increases the workload on your remaining teeth. The extra pressure exerted on them when you chew causes them to shift out of alignment, creating spaces and making them vulnerable to food impaction and decay.

Another reason for the change in your smile is the loss of your tooth root. Tooth toots stimulate your jawbone to produce new bone tissue, keeping your jaw healthy. When a root is missing, there’s nothing there to stimulate the growth of new bone, causing you to lose bone instead. What’s more, that weakness will spread over time instead of staying localized, putting nearby teeth at risk. After four to eight years, you may have lost as many as five more teeth, all because of just one gap.

Tooth Replacement Options from Juno Beach Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry

At our Juno Beach dental office, we have restorative options that can help. One of the most effective, which we’ll spend more time on in our next post, is dental implants. Another service, like crown & bridgework or full-mouth reconstruction, can also aid in restoring functionality and preventing teeth from shifting out of place.

Do you have missing teeth? Dr. Greg Riley and Dr. Duane Keuning of Juno Beach Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry would be happy to advise you of your options. Call our Juno Beach dental office today to schedule your appointment. We serve patients from North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta, Jupiter, and beyond.

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