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By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownDon’t Ignore a Broken or Damaged Tooth. After All, It’s a Very Simple Fix.

It might feel like the end of the world when you break or crack a tooth, but don’t panic, our Rockville, MD, family dentists, Dr. H. David Allick and Dr. Ghassan Jacklis, have treated this issue countless times and are here to help! Of course, you should never ignore a damaged tooth, for the sooner you seek care, the better your oral health will be. Read below to find out how Drs. Allick and Jacklis can treat your damaged tooth.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that is shaped just like the crown of a tooth. Its hollow structure allows it to fully cover a tooth all the way to the gums where it operates as a barrier, hugging your tooth and protecting it from further damage. Our Rockville, MD, dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if,

  • You have a tooth that is cracked, broken, or fractured
  • You have a tooth with severe decay
  • You have an infected tooth that requires root canal therapy
  • You have a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • You are replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant or dental bridge

How Is a Dental Crown Placed?

To get a dental crown, we will first need to prep the tooth. Even though the crown is hollow, we will still need to shave down the tooth to make room for the crown. We also need to address any issues such as an infection or decay before we place the crown.

Dental crowns have to be custom made since teeth aren’t all the same sizes. This means that once the tooth has been prepped, we will also need to take impressions of your mouth. These molds will give a dental lab the exact measurements needed to create the perfect crown. Since this process can take about a week, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it.

Once the crown is fabricated you will come back in for a final fitting. After all, we want to make sure the crown fits perfectly and doesn’t affect your bite. Once we check the crown to make sure it’s just right, we will then cement it permanently in place.

Interested? Contact Us Today!

Whether you want to find out if a dental crown can improve your oral health or if you have questions about other dentistry services we offer here in Rockville, MD, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call White Flint Dental Associates at (301) 881-6666. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule your next visit with us!

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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 White Flint Dental Associates
July 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Have you recently lost teeth, or learned that some of your teeth are damaged beyond repair? Don’t worry--your days of bold, confident smiles aren’t over. Millions of people are sporting crowns and bridges from their Rockville, MD dentist at White Flint Dental Associates asDental Crowns part of a natural-looking, healthy smile.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a cap that covers either a natural tooth or a dental implant. When it covers a tooth, its purpose is to seal off the damaged tooth from infection and reinforce the structure to prevent breakage. When it covers a dental implant, it functions as part of a tooth replacement--the implant replaces the root, while the crown replaces the visible part of the tooth.

Common materials for crowns include:

  • Metal: Withstands the forces of chewing better than any other material and resists wear and tear quite well. A good option for back molars that won’t be seen.
  • Porcelain or ceramic: Matches the natural color of your teeth most closely; a popular choice for front teeth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal: The best of both worlds, this crown type is attached with the strength of metal but provides the natural look of porcelain.
  • Resin: This material is similar to a tooth-colored filling. While it's less resilient than other materials, it’s also an economical and aesthetically pleasing option that won’t break the bank.

What is A Dental Bridge?

A bridge is used when several adjacent teeth need to be replaced. Usually the teeth on either side of the gap, called the abutment teeth, are crowned to create an anchor. The bridge is your set of replacement teeth, which is then attached to fill in the gap.

Like crowns, bridges may also be used alongside natural teeth or dental implants. Most bridges are all-ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal for an attractive look.

Family Dentist in Rockville, MD

Crowns and bridges are popular ways to restore a smile after your teeth have been damaged. Visit your family dentist in Rockville, MD to learn how they can help give you a feeling of pride and confidence in your smile once again. Call White Flint Dental Associates at (301) 881-6666 or request your appointment online.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
April 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
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 H. David Allick, DDS, PA
August 04, 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.”