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Dental Crowns: The Restoration that will Save Your Smile

Posted October 19, 2015.

Dental crowns are successful and durable restorations that can repair your tooth and finally give you the smile you have been looking for. There are many times when a dental crown can be beneficial, and those situations include:

  • When you need to keep a weak and fragile tooth from breaking
  • When you need to restore a tooth that has been broken or severely worn down
  • When you need to cover a tooth that has a large filling but not a lot of tooth structure left
  • When you need to hold a dental bridge in place
  • When you need to cover and disguise a severely discolored or misshapened tooth
  • When you need to cover a dental implant
  • When you need to beautify your smile

Dental crowns are also very beneficial for children. The dental crowns can save a tooth that has been severely damaged as well as protect the child’s teeth from decay.

Generally, dental crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic materials, giving you a natural-looking result. Once the crown is placed over your tooth, your smile’s imperfections will disappear. This is a great option for those who are looking for a conservative, painless, and successful solution to improving the appearance of a tooth and smile. If you’re interested in this restoration, please call our office today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!

Your Beginners Floss Guide

Posted August 25, 2015

There are countless dental products on the market today, from toothpastes to floss, it can be difficult knowing what to buy and which will work best with your teeth. Well, today we will help put your mind at ease by giving you some information on two types of floss and what they can both offer for your teeth.

1. Nylon (multifilament) floss

This type of floss is most common, and is typically the standard dental floss. It also is typically the cheaper of the two flosses and is commonly coated in wax. This wax is to help the floss make its way in between the spaces of your teeth.

2. PTFE (monofilament) floss

This floss is typically more expensive but consists of a newer technology because it doesn’t rip or tear. This floss is stronger than nylon floss, so most users say it is easier to use and pull between tight places between teeth.

Both flosses will come in different flavors, depending on what your preference is, as well as different thicknesses. But whichever floss is comfortable to you, is the one you should stick with. If the floss glides smoothly between your teeth, then it’s probably the one you should keep using.

The biggest thing to remember is that the best kind of floss is the kind that gets used for your teeth. Any floss you use will give you the same result: clean, healthy teeth. Give our office a call today to schedule a dental cleaning at 361-643-7811!

A Dentistry Invention Timeline

Posted July 16, 2015

When were dentures first created? When was dental anesthesia first used? When was the first tube of toothpaste sold? When? Here is a timeline of some of the inventions in dental history.

1780

An Englishman named William Addis first mass-produces toothbrushes at this time. These had bristles made from animal hair and were based off of a prototype he had created in prison.

1789

Frenchman Nicolas Dubois de Chemant takes out a patent for porcelain dentures, based on a design of Alexis Duchateau, whom he had apprenticed under several years before. Duchateau accused de Chemant of stealing his design, but the patent held.

1790

Josiah Flagg, an American dentist, creates the first dental chair. He makes this chair by taking a Windsor chair and attaching an adjustable headrest and arm extension to it.

1846

Ether anesthesia is successfully demonstrated for oral surgery by William Morton. Horace Wells had tried using nitrous oxide earlier, but he was deemed unsuccessful because the patient cried out during the surgery.

1871

James B. Morrison is the first one to patent a foot-treadle dental engine and manufacture it commercially. This device helped dental burs to drill away tooth enamel more quickly and easily.

1880’s

Toothpaste was usually a liquid or powder that only dentists sold, but in the 1880’s, the first tube toothpaste is created and mass-produced in a collapsible metal tube.

1896

American dentist C. Edmund Kells becomes the first one to take a dental x-ray of a living person. X-rays had only been discovered just one year earlier by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen.

1938

Say goodbye to animal hair toothbrushes. In this year, the first nylon toothbrushes were sold to the public.

1940’s

Silk thread had been used as floss until World War II. Charles C. Bass developed nylon floss at this time, and it soon replaced its silk predecessor.

1950

After seeing the benefits of water fluoridation, fluoride is added to commercially sold toothpastes.

Change Your Smile With A Dental Bonding

Posted June 12, 2015

Do you want to cover stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth? Try a dental bonding. This cosmetic restoration is inexpensive, matches tooth color, and an easy procedure for your dentist to complete.

What Is A Bonding?

A bonding is a composite resin material which is “bonded” to tooth enamel. It is mostly used for cosmetic purposes, but can also fill cavities and protect exposed tooth roots. When one properly cleans and cares for a bonding, it can last for up to 10 years.

How Does A Bonding Compare To Other Cosmetic Restorations?

Veneers and crowns are two other cosmetic restoration options. These are more expensive and file away more tooth enamel than a bonding. However, bonding isn’t as strong or stain-resistant as these options. Speak with your dentist about the pros and cons of these choices for cosmetic restoration.

How Is A Bonding Applied?

Unlike veneers and crowns, application of a bonding usually takes only one visit to the dentist’s office. Your dentist will:

  • Match the composite resin color with your teeth.
  • Roughen the tooth surface.
  • Cover the tooth with a conditioning liquid to aid bonding.
  • Apply the composite resin (which will be in a putty-like form) to your teeth and shape it.
  • Harden the composite resin with a curing light.
  • Trim and polish the composite resin.