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DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
December 08, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Leaving missing or damaged teeth untreated can take a toll on your smile in the long run. While some consequences may seem dental crownsinsignificant, others, like sagging facial skin or bone atrophy, may drive you to take the first steps in correcting the problem. Luckily, crowns and bridges can help you restore your smile and fill in your gaps. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Dr. George Landress at Danbury Smiles in Danbury, CT.

What are crowns and bridges? 
Crowns and bridges, while different restorations, are similar in their materials, design and placement. A dental crown fits over the top of a single tooth to protect it. A bridge fits over two healthy teeth to bridge a gap left behind by a missing tooth. A dental laboratory creates crowns and bridges from porcelain, which has similar qualities as your natural teeth, ensuring a natural look. Once in place, your crown or bridge will look and function like a natural tooth.

How can crowns and bridges work together to restore my smile? 
While a dental crown functions on its own, a permanent bridge requires the help of a dental crown on either side to hold it securely and permanently in place. A bridge fills in a gap while a crown can restore a broken, damaged, or misshapen tooth to prevent further damage or improve its appearance. Used in conjunction with one another, crowns and bridges have the potential to change the look of your smile for the better while also improving its functionality.

Crowns and Bridges in Danbury, CT 
Since both restorations use dental crowns, your dentist places both crowns and bridges into your mouth using generally the same method. The tooth to receive the crown first requires some preparation. Your dentist removes enamel from the sides and top of the tooth to make room for the crown then carefully shapes the tooth to fit inside the crown. After preparation, your dentist permanently attaches the crown to the tooth.

For more information on crowns and bridges in Danbury, CT, please contact Dr. Landress at Danbury Smiles. Call (203) 743-7608 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Landress today!

JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
December 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridges  

Crowns or bridges offer an ideal solution when a tooth is damaged or missing. These permanent prosthetic devices not only provide crowns and bridgescosmetic benefits; they also preserve your ability to bite and chew normally. George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., your dentist in Danbury, explains how these devices can help you.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns fit over a tooth, strengthening it or changing its appearance. Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of at least three connected crowns. Two of the crowns fit over teeth on either side of the missing tooth and anchor a third crown, called a pontic, in place. Crowns and bridges are made of durable materials that can handle the wear and tear involved in chewing and biting, such as porcelain, resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and gold.

Why do I need a crown?

Bridges aren't the only option if you're interested in replacing a missing tooth. A crown can also be used to replace a tooth if it's attached to a dental implant. Other possible reasons that you might need a crown include:

  • To protect a damaged or cracked tooth from breaking
  • To repair a broken tooth
  • To cover teeth that are discolored, too short or misshapen
  • To strengthen a tooth weakened by a large filling

How do I receive a bridge or crown?

The preparation process is similar for both bridges and crowns. Your dentist will make an impression of the tooth or teeth that will be covered by a crown or bridge and file them slightly to accommodate the thickness of the crown or bridge. He'll also create a temporary crown or crowns in his office, which you'll wear until your crown or bridge is ready. Because it will take a little time for your permanent crown or bridge to be created in a dental laboratory, you'll wear the temporary crowns for a week or two.

When your dentist receives the crown or bridge, you'll return to his office. He'll check the fit of the bridge or crown and make any adjustments before cementing it on to your tooth or teeth.

Think a bridge or crown is the right choice for you? Call George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., your dentist in Danbury, at (203) 743-7608 and schedule an appointment. Why not improve your smile with one of these cosmetic options?

October 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
AToothlessTiger

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”