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By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out more about crowns and when they might be right for crowns

These tooth-shaped restorations are more popular than you might think. That’s because they are pretty versatile and offer a variety of benefits that you may not have even known about. Our Billerica, MA, dentist Dr. Kunio Chan is here to tell you why dental crowns are used and whether you may benefit from this procedure.

What is a crown?

Sometimes referred to as a cap, this hollow restoration is designed to look just like the crown of a real tooth and it’s placed over and fully encapsulates a damaged or weakened tooth. Of course, each crown that you receive from our Billerica, MA, cosmetic dentist is custom made to fit your tooth and to blend right in with your smile.

Why is a crown placed?

There are many reasons why you might need or want a dental crown. While crowns tend to be restorative in nature they can sometimes offer cosmetic benefits, as well. The most common reason for a dental crown is to restore durability, strength and function back into a tooth that is damaged by an infection, severe decay or direct trauma.

A crown may also be placed over a tooth after root canal therapy or over a tooth that is severely worn down (often from years of teeth grinding). Of course, a crown may also be used primarily to improve the shape, size or overall appearance of a tooth. For example, if you have a tooth that is severely discolored or misshapen then a dental crown may quickly improve its overall look so that it doesn’t stand out from the rest of your smile.

A crown is also instrumental in tooth replacements. If you are faced with tooth loss and are considering either a dental bridge or dental implant, dental crowns will also be part of the process. A crown is cemented over a dental implant to replace a single tooth and two crowns are used to support a dental bridge and to hold it in place.

Do you want to talk to our cosmetic dentist about the right dental restoration for you? Do you have questions about the services we offer? Then don’t hesitate to reach out to One Dental Care in Billerica, MA. We would be happy to work with your schedule to find an appointment that’s right for you.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out why you may just want to choose to get tooth-colored fillings to restore your cavity.fillings

Our Billerica, MA, dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan, just discovered a cavity during your routine cleaning. Oh no! What happens next? Even if this is your first cavity you probably already know that we have to remove the decay and fill the tooth. Don’t worry; this is a very common dental procedure (you may even know someone who had to have a tooth filled that can help relieve your anxieties about it). Plus, here are just some of the benefits you’ll get when you get a tooth-colored filling:

The Restoration Will Match Your Tooth

Composite fillings are designed to blend in with the rest of your tooth. This is why more and more people are turning to composite fillings to restore their tooth after a cavity. Our Billerica general dentist will choose the right composite material based on the shade of your teeth to make sure that the filling blends right in. No one will even know that you have a filling.

Less Tooth Preparation

When you get composite fillings, we won’t need to remove as much of your tooth. Preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible will ensure that it is reliably strong for many years to come.

It Strengthens Teeth

Composite resin will actually bond to the tooth, which provides your tooth’s structure with a little more support. This is a great way to protect teeth from weakness, fractures or breakage over time. Sometimes this same composite resin can also be placed over small chips, discolorations and gaps between teeth to improve the look, size or shape of your smile.

Do you have questions about getting composite dental fillings in Billerica, MA? If so, call One Dental Care today to learn more.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the many ways a dental crown can boost your oral health in crowns

Getting a dental crown can be a major boon to some of our patients dealing with a damaged tooth. A crown is a versatile restoration that can be a simple solution for a multitude of issues. From the office of our Billerica, MA, dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan, learn more about dental crowns and whether this restoration is right for you.

What is a dental crown?

This hollow, tooth-shaped dental restoration is uniquely fabricated to fit over a tooth to cover it completely. Once the crown is placed over the tooth it is cemented into place.

When might I want to consider getting a dental crown?

There are many scenarios in which getting a dental crown is a good idea:

  • Covering and protecting a tooth that is weak due to trauma or decay
  • To restore a tooth that is cracked, fractured or severely worn
  • To support a tooth when a dental filling isn’t enough
  • To improve the appearance of a severely misshapen or discolored tooth
  • To secure a dental bridge
  • To cover a dental implant

How is a tooth prepared for a dental crown?

Once you come in for a consultation getting a dental crown only takes about two visits. During the first visit we will take x-rays to check the health of the tooth and then we will need to shave down the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Tooth preparation will be performed under local anesthesia.

Then we will apply a putty-like material over the tooth to take impressions. A dental lab will use these impressions and measurements to create your crown. While the crown is being made we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.

During your second visit, we will apply the dental crown over the tooth. We will also check the bite and fit of the crown before we permanently cement it.

What are the different kinds of crowns?

There are several different types of dental crowns from which to choose. The type of crown you get will depend on several factors including budget, which tooth we are restoring, etc. Common crowns include:

  • Porcelain or ceramic
  • Composite resin
  • Porcelain-fused to metal
  • Metals (e.g. gold alloy)

If you want to discover more about these restorations and whether they are the ideal option for your smile then it’s time you turned to One Dental Care in Billerica, MA, for the care your smile deserves time and time again.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
April 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

What dental crowns can do for your smile

Your teeth take a beating from the wear and tear of everyday life. The normal aging process also works to diminish your smile. Your teeth dental crowncan become dull, broken and unsightly. Having broken, weak teeth can keep you from eating the foods you love. It’s time to get your strong, youthful smile back again with dental crowns. Dr. Kunio Chan at One Dental Care, in Billerica, Massachusetts, wants you to know how dental crowns can strengthen your damaged teeth and restore your smile.

Dr. Chan wants you to know dental crowns work to strengthen your teeth by providing a protective “armor” that covers the visible part of your teeth. This is the part most prone to breakage when you bite or chew. Dental crowns shield your teeth from the natural stresses of eating and overuse. They actually hold your teeth together. In contrast, large metal fillings can weaken your teeth by dividing them in half. When you bite down on a large metal filling, the filling may break off, taking a piece of your tooth with it.

Dr. Chan may need to use metal posts and a metal framework to support your crown if your tooth is badly damaged. This is called a build-up and ensures that your crown has a firm, supportive foundation, just like a house.

Several materials are available for your new crown, depending on the location in your mouth and what material or characteristics you prefer. Dr. Chan offers:

  • Full gold crowns, which are the strongest, and typically reserved for back teeth where you need chewing strength.
  • Porcelain fused to gold crowns, which have both strength and cosmetic beauty just like your natural teeth. These crowns can be placed in any area of your mouth.
  • Full porcelain crowns, which are the most beautiful and most natural looking; they are the perfect choice for your front teeth and teeth that are visible when you smile.

Dental crowns can do a lot to improve your smile and strengthen your teeth. You owe it to yourself to be able to show a strong, beautiful smile to the world. Stop by and visit Dr. Kunio Chan, at One Dental Care in Billerica, Massachusetts. He can help you discover how dental crowns can strengthen your damaged teeth, so call today!