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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
April 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   dental bridges  

Crowns and bridges can do much for you and your smile. When used in conjunction with one another, crowns and dental crownsbridges can do more than just restore your smile by replacing missing teeth. When teeth are missing, several side effects can occur, such as loss of support for facial muscles. By filling in the gaps from missing teeth, crowns and bridges can address many of the concerns associated with having teeth missing, such as providing support for sagging facial muscles. Dr. Mehr Tucker is your dentist for crowns and bridges in Rockville, MD.

How Crowns and Bridges Work

Dental crowns are caps placed over weak or damaged teeth to strengthen and protect them, as well as to restore normal tooth functioning. Dental bridges contain artificial teeth, called pontics, that fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. Dental bridges essentially “bridge” the gaps between the remaining natural teeth.

Crowns can be used in conjunction with a dental bridge to hold it securely in place. In such cases, there is a crown on each end of the bridge with pontics in between the two crowns. The crowns fit over the natural teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the bridge in place. Once the crowns have been placed over the corresponding teeth and the bridge is in place, the pontics fill in the gap and your smile is restored.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

There are many benefits to filling in the gaps where teeth are missing with crowns and bridges. As mentioned, missing teeth mean there is less support for facial muscles, which can result in drooping and sagging. Using a bridge with crowns to fill in the gaps and replace missing teeth helps support the facial muscles and restore the natural shape of the face. Filling in the gaps where teeth are missing can also improve speech by correcting the placement of the tongue, which can be altered by the gaps.

Additional benefits of crowns and bridges include restoration of biting and chewing functions, as well as reducing wear and tear on the natural teeth. Without a full set of teeth, the remaining teeth must compensate for those that are missing and take on the extra work of biting and chewing food, which can result in additional strain and wear and tear on those remaining teeth. Replacing missing teeth with crowns and bridges can address these concerns. Your dentist for crowns and bridges in Rockville can determine if a bridge with crowns would work for you.

Crowns and bridges can do many things for you, not the least of which is restoring your smile. For crowns and bridges in Rockville, MD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tucker by calling the dental office at (301) 963-8900 or email at office@sfaa.dentist.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Same-Day Crowns  

Find out everything you need to know about getting your dental crown on the same day.

Need to get a dental crown? If so, Dr. Mehr Tucker of our Rockville, MD, dental practice could give you a new restoration dental crownsin just one appointment thanks to CEREC crowns. Read on to get all of your questions answered regarding same-day crowns and to find out if they are right for you.

 

What are same-day crowns?

Same-day crowns look identical to regular crowns (i.e. the tooth-shaped cap that is designed to cover a damaged or weakened tooth). In fact, same-day crowns are the same as traditional crowns, the only difference is that this crown can be designed, made, and placed by our Rockville, MD, dentist in just one visit instead of 2-to-3 different appointments.

 

What are the steps involved in getting a CEREC crown?

If you’re interested in getting same-day crowns, you probably want to know what’s involved in getting them. Here are the steps,

  1. Tooth preparation: Before you can get a crown, we will need to file down part of the tooth in order to make room for the restoration. The area around the tooth will be numbed beforehand.
  2. Measurements: Once the tooth has been prepped, we will take digital impressions of your mouth. These will provide precise measurements of your tooth from which we can create a perfectly fitted crown.
  3. Design: Next, we will use special CAD software to design your crown based on measurements provided by the digital images.
  4. Fabrication: We will then choose the ceramic or porcelain block that most closely matches the color of your tooth. We place this block in the milling station, which will chisel out your new restoration while you wait.
  5. Bonding: Now the crown is ready to be fitted to the tooth. We will check to make sure that the crown fits just right before finally cementing it permanently into place.

 

How long does it take to get a same-day crown?

It can take about two hours from tooth preparation to placing the crown, however, the crown only needs about 15 minutes to be made. With traditional crowns, you’d have to wait about two weeks.

 

How long will the crown last?

Same-day crowns can last up to five years or more, provided that you properly care for your new restoration. In addition to keeping your crown clean and avoiding bad habits that could fracture or crack the restoration, make sure that you are also visiting your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams.

 

Give us a call!

Are you interested in getting CEREC crowns in Rockville, MD? If so, call our office today at (301) 963-8900 to find out if this is the best approach for improving your smile.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
November 13, 2018
Tags: crowns   Damaged Teeth  

Same-Day CrownsWhen your days are jam-packed, it's not always easy to find time to squeeze in one dental appointment, let alone two. This can really complicate dental procedures such as crown replacement. However, thanks to innovative CAD/CAM technology, you can now receive a dental crown in just one visit! Rockville, MD, dentist Dr. Mehr Tucker offers same-day crown appointments that help you stick to your schedule.

What advantages do same-day crowns offer?

In addition to reducing the amount of time you spend in your Rockville dentist's office, same-day crowns offer these benefits:

  • The Latest Technology: Do you find impressions made with wet digital putty uncomfortable? You're not alone. Luckily, impressions for same-day crowns are made using digital scans. Once the scan is sent to the computer, your dentist uses CAD/CAM software to design your restoration.
  • No More Middleman: If you received a crown in the past, you probably waited two weeks or longer to receive your final restoration. This slowdown occurs because impressions must be sent to a busy dental laboratory that makes crowns for a number of different dental practices. In contrast, same-day crown technology allows for your crown to be fabricated on the spot. An in-office milling machine fashions your restoration out of a block of ceramic or porcelain in about an hour.
  • Elimination of Temporary Crowns: Temporary crowns were an important part of the crown process in the past. After your teeth were filed in preparation for your restoration, your dentist would fit you with a temporary crown. For the next two weeks, you would have to avoid hard or sticky foods to prevent dislodging or breaking of the crown. Luckily, same-day crowns have eliminated the need for this step. Now, your tooth will simply be reduced in size and fitted with a new crown during the same appointment.
  • No Long Waits to Correct Problems: Problems don't happen often, but when they do, you won't have to wait an additional two weeks to receive a crown. In fact, your dentist can make a few tweaks to the software and produce a new crown right away.
  • An Effective Alternative to Traditional Crowns: Same-day crowns are just as effective and durable as porcelain crowns, making them an excellent choice for all teeth.

Same-day crowns offer convenience without sacrificing quality or durability. Call Rockville, MD, dentist Dr. Mehr Tucker at (301) 963-8900 to schedule an appointment!

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
November 09, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   diabetes  
DiabetesandOralHealthTrueorFalse

November is National Diabetes Month—a time to focus on a disease that affects more than 400 million people around the world. What does diabetes have to do with oral health? Plenty! Here's a true-or-false quiz to test your knowledge on this important topic.

TRUE OR FALSE:

1. Diabetes and gum disease are connected.
TRUE. Studies have found a clear association between diabetes and gum (periodontal) disease, especially when diabetes is not well controlled. People with poorly controlled diabetes have a more severe inflammatory response to the bacteria that cause gum disease. While inflammation is normally a protective reaction of the body's immune system, too much inflammation can actually make the condition worse. In the case of gum disease, the reverse is also true: Untreated gum disease can worsen blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. The good news is that treatment of periodontal disease has been shown to improve blood sugar control.

2. People with diabetes can't have dental implants.
FALSE. Research has shown that dental implants can be a very successful tooth-replacement treatment for people with diabetes. But again, blood sugar control can be a factor. Dental implants are titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots. Minor surgery is required to insert an implant into the bone beneath the gums; a realistic-looking dental crown is later attached to it so it can look and function like a natural tooth. Studies have shown that it takes longer for the bone to heal around implants in people with poorly controlled diabetes. That doesn't make implant treatment impossible, but it does mean that it may be managed differently. For example, an implant may be allowed to heal for a longer period of time before a crown is attached to it.

3. People with diabetes can't do anything to improve their oral health.
FALSE. People with diabetes can have a very positive impact on their oral heath, by doing their best to control blood sugar levels with a healthy diet and exercise, and by sticking to an effective daily oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once each day to remove bacterial plaque between teeth. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential—not just for people with diabetes, but for everyone!

If you have additional questions about diabetes and oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about diabetes and oral health by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: smile makeover  
3StepstoaBetterBiteandaMoreAttractiveSmile

Before you consider cosmetic changes to your smile, ask yourself one question: how's your bite? How your teeth are positioned and aligned doesn't just affect their function — it also affects your appearance. A proper bite is foundational to a beautiful smile — and it deserves your attention first.

Here are 3 important steps for addressing your bite problem on your way to a more attractive smile.

Get an orthodontic evaluation. Only a dentist or orthodontist can determine if your teeth are properly aligned and working well with each other — and if not, why. With their knowledge and expertise they'll be able to tell you what specific bite problem (malocclusion) you have and the best treatment to correct it to support any future cosmetic enhancement.

Consider your tooth-movement options carefully. If you have a malocclusion, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend correction before undertaking other cosmetic work. In most cases, you'll have two choices. The first is traditional metal braces, which uses wires held in place and anchored by brackets cemented to the teeth. They're effective, but must be fixed in place and aren't considered attractive. The other choice is clear aligners, which use custom removable plastic trays worn in sequence to gradually move teeth. They're easier for oral hygiene and are hardly noticeable to others, but may not work in every bite situation.

Don't slack on the retainer phase of treatment. The day will come when the braces or aligners come out of your mouth for good. But your realignment project isn't over — you'll need to wear a retainer appliance for a while. Re-aligned teeth can relapse to their former positions, so it's essential you wear a retainer to keep them where they've been moved. Without a retainer, all the time and effort invested in your bite will have been to no avail.

In a nutshell: get the big picture about your bite, choose the treatment best for you and follow through on every phase. The end result will be a solid platform for the smile you've always dreamed about.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics: The Original Smile Makeover.”





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