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Gold Crowns (caps)

Protection for a Weakened Tooth

Gold Crown or cap

As you age, your teeth age too. Decay, fillings, trauma or even just normal chewing habits can make your teeth break down over time. A Gold dental crown or a cap is a cover that is placed over a tooth to protect a weakened tooth from further fracturing or deteriorating. A gold crown could also be used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal. Lastly, a new gold crown is necessary to simply replace an old worn down or defective crown.

As a rule; the more precious metal or gold content in the metal the better the fit and better for the health of the gums around the crown. Keep in mind that fit is an important factor in sealing out the bacteria that tries to get between the crown and the tooth, possibly causing decay and premature failure of the crown.

What does getting a Gold Crown Involve?

It normally takes two visits for Stonegate Meadows dentistry to complete your crown.

  • On your first visit your Dr. Neal will shape and prepare the tooth so the crown can properly fit over it.
  • An impression of the tooth is taken
  • A temporary crown is inserted to protect the prepared tooth.
  • The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where a custom-fit permanent crown is made.
  • On your second visit the permanent crown is placed.
  • If the fit and shape of the crown are satisfactory, Dr. Neal will proceed with permanently cementing it into place.

After the successful completion of the crown it is not uncommon to feel some discomfort, mild pain when you chew, or sensitivity to temperature changes for a few days.

If your newly cemented gold crown feels too tall or your bite doesn’t feel right, you should contact our office immediately.

Cleaning Your Crown

Please keep in mind that the longevity of your crown depends in large part on the materials in the crown, as well as your oral hygiene, diet and the health of the supporting tooth and gums. It is important to maintain all of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing.

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Partial Dentures

partial-denturesWhen you are missing several teeth but not all of them, removable partial dentures are one option for replacing them.

The best way to replace multiple teeth is with dental implants. But not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, and they are also more expensive. Removable partial dentures do an adequate job of restoring your appearance and function.

The traditional partial is made on a metal framework, with metal clasps. This makes a relatively strong and secure teeth replacement.

The metal clasps, which are required to retain the denture, can cause some embarrassment if they are visible. They also attract plaque, so keeping your teeth clean requires extra effort.

Newer materials can provide a more esthetic result. Here is an example of a flexible Valplast partial denture. The clasps can be made pink to match the gums, or translucent. Thus, they will blend in with the teeth and be much less conspicuous.

They still have the disadvantage, though, of complicating your efforts to keep your teeth clean.

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Full Dentures

Removeable-Full-Upper-DentureFull Dentures

When Implants are not an option for you, dentures replace multiple teeth and help your cheeks and lips looking more natural.

A full denture, or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.

An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.

An upper denture is acrylic and usually flesh colored that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).

A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

What about  Partial Dentures?

 

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