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By Signature Smiles, LLC
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Just like natural teeth, dental implant crowns occasionally require a few repairs to improve their function and appearance. Your Toms River, dental implantsNJ, dentist, Dr. Carmela LaFalce, offers crown repairs and other dental services essential for a strong, healthy smile.

When are repairs needed?

Damage to your crowns can affect your appearance and may make chewing more difficult. Although your dental implant crown is synthetic, many of the things that damage your teeth can also damage your crown.

Do you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? Over time, the habit can crack or break both dental crowns and natural teeth. Frequent grinding or clenching can even loosen your implant, putting your new tooth at risk. Once your crown has been repaired or replaced, your Toms River dentist may recommend that you wear a nightguard to prevent further damage. Nightguards, plastic trays worn over the upper or lower teeth, absorb shock and protect your teeth from the extreme pressure generated by grinding or clenching.

Other potential causes of crown problems include:

  • Broken Abutment: The abutment is a tiny screw that connects your crown to your dental implant. A loose or damaged abutment can affect the stability of your crown.
  • Biting into Hard Foods and Objects: Your crown may be more likely to crack or fracture if you enjoy nuts or other hard foods. Do you often use your teeth to open bottles or packages? If you do, you may eventually notice that your crown has broken or loosened.
  • Faulty Crowns: Faulty crowns aren't common but can affect your ability to use your new tooth.
  • Trauma: Falls, blows to the face, and other accidents may damage your implant crown.

How are crown repairs performed?

The type of crown repair you need depends on the extent of the damage. If you've only chipped your crown, your Toms River dentist may be able to smooth the rough edges, improving the appearance of your tooth. Replacement may be the only option if your crown is cracked, broken or faulty. If a replacement is needed, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth and send it off to a dental laboratory. You'll wear a temporary crown until the replacement is ready in about two weeks. In some cases, it may also be necessary to replace your abutment.

Are you concerned about the condition of a dental implant crown? Call our Toms River, NJ, dentist, Dr. LaFalce, at (732) 244-4114 to schedule an appointment.

By Signature Smiles, LLC
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC, Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, is a computer technology that makes it possible for your dentist to dental crownscreate custom restorations while you sit and wait in the chair. It’s a service that’s now available at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Discover more about CEREC technology and its cosmetic versus functional benefits for your smile.

What Is CEREC?
CEREC is a system that takes pictures of your teeth then designs a crown or veneer that’s made just for you. The technology is officially called computer-assisted design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM). After an exam and dental preparation (removing enamel when needed), the dentist takes a digital impression of the tooth. The image is then sent a machine called a milling unit, which carves out the desired tooth restoration. This entire process happens while you’re relaxing in the dentist’s chair. Once the restoration is finished, your Toms River dentist will bond it immediately and make final tooth adjustments as needed.

Is It Valuable Just for Cosmetic Reasons?
Many people like CEREC because they can improve the look of their smile in a matter of hours. But CEREC technology isn't just beneficial for cosmetic reasons. Getting a same-day crown or veneer also benefits the overall function of your teeth. With a classic restoration, you may have to wait a month or more until your dental issue is finally resolved. Your ability to eat, bite and talk properly may be affected during that wait. It's best to get the tooth fixed immediately.

Fast and Reliable Results
Dentists and patients like CEREC because it gives quality results in a short period of time. There's no need to wait weeks or months to get your smile issues fixed—just one visit is all that’s necessary. Also, the CAD-CAM computer technology is generally more accurate than having the crown or veneer designed by a human technician.

Call for a CEREC Treatment
CEREC is a dental technology that is now available at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Call (732) 244-4114 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmela LaFalce.

Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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