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By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
November 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental Implants the Best Option for Replacing Natural Teeth

There's no question about it, dental implants are second-to-none when it comes to replacing your natural teeth. Whether you are in need of a replacement or elect to replace your teeth yourself, dental implants have become the industry standard in dazzling, durable, and manageable teeth. And while the thought of having an artificial implant in your mouth may sound extreme, or even scary, here areDental Implant some examples to the contrary why implants might just be the choice for you:

Less worrying about your teeth. Dental implants cover a wide range of solutions for your mouth. From knowing the teeth are securely in place to knowing that the implant is impervious to cavities and decay, you can enjoy the kind of assurance that people who worry about their natural teeth only dream of.

Looks and behaves just like actual teeth! There are no sticky glues or pastes, no removing your teeth to soak, and no plating to cause bone deterioration. Your implants can be cared for just like real teeth with daily brushing and flossing. There's nothing you can't eat, no denture "slip" when talking, and no adhesive residue left over. Your implants will only differ from natural teeth in that they'll outlast them with proper care.

No unnecessary damage to your healthy teeth. When you have bridges supported by your other teeth, it requires that you grind away perfectly healthy teeth to support the bridge. A dental implant is supported by placing the post directly into the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth. You also have the peace of mind of knowing the implant will prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, a strong possibility if the implant were absent.

Long-term predictability. Since the implant is a permanently installed solution made of some of the strongest, most durable materials available, you can be sure that dental implants do not have the volatility and costly outcome of constant repairs. Dentures often crack or need refitting, crowns come loose, and bridges fail. With the implant securely placed tightly into your jaw almost like a natural tooth would be, there's no unnatural steps to take or risks to involve in caring for them. Dental implants are simply teeth that look beautiful and stay in your mouth where they belong.

If you are considering an alternative to your current teeth-replacement options, let the dental office of Charles Sours guide you through the process. Located in Woodbridge, his office has a dedicated team that can answer all your questions and quell your concerns. Don't let the phrase "implant" sound daunting. Rest assured that you are in great hands. For more information, go to http://www.charleslsoursdds.com.


By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
November 19, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crown  
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You've taken good care of your teeth all your life, with brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. But chances are that someday (or maybe even now) you may be told that you need a restoration on one or more of your teeth. Oftentimes, that means a crown.

But what exactly is a crown, and why is it used? We're glad you asked!

In the course of time, natural teeth may need to be restored for a variety of reasons. As we age, our teeth may eventually become chipped or discolored. They can become weak and prone to cracking, or actually break due to tooth decay or trauma. Treating tooth decay may require a filling so large that there isn't much tooth surface left. Or, getting a dental implant (which replaces the roots of the tooth) means that you will need a replacement for the visible part of the tooth as well.

A crown (sometimes called a cap) is a common type of dental restoration. It's a way of replacing the tooth structure, in part or in full. A crown can cover the whole visible portion of the tooth, right down to the gum line. Since it's custom-made just for you, it is designed to fit in and function just like the rest of your teeth. And because it's composed of an extremely hard substance (gold, porcelain, ceramic, or some combination of these materials) it's made to last for a long time.

If a dental examination shows that you need a crown, here's how the process works: First, any decay is removed from the affected tooth, and it is prepared for restoration. Then, a 3-D replica of the tooth (and adjacent teeth) is made. This model is used to create a crown that matches your natural teeth. If you're getting a tooth-colored crown, the exact shade of the adjacent teeth will be duplicated as closely as possible.

After the crown has been fabricated, the tooth is made ready to receive the restoration. The crown is adjusted to mesh perfectly with the prepared tooth, and to function with the whole bite. Then, it is cemented or bonded into place. When it's all done, it can be hard to tell that you had any dental work done at all.

If you're thinking that it's a challenge to make an “artificial” tooth fit in with your natural teeth, you're right — but we do it all the time! Creating a superb-looking restoration is a blend of science and art. It takes a careful eye to match tooth colors and to adjust biting surfaces and spacing for a perfect fit. But when experienced dental professionals and patients work together, the results can make us both proud of the achievement.

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 “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Gold or Porcelain Crowns.”


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Prior to his first appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, interior designer Nate Berkus knew immediately that he was not there to pick sofa colors and paint chips. Instead, he was there to lift people up through the way they live. And boy, did he do just that. Over the next eight years, Berkus completed 127 makeovers and became one of America's most beloved go-to guys for inspiration on the latest design trends.

During a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Nate discussed his career as well as his oral healthcare. He credits his dazzling all-natural smile — no cosmetic dentistry here — to the treatments he received as a child from his dentist. “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child.” He then added that, “healthy habits should start at a young age.” Nate is still in the habit of brushing his teeth two or three times a day. As for flossing his teeth, he credits his dentist with the advice he still follows: “Floss the ones you want to keep.”

Many parents and caregivers may not be aware of the important role fluoride treatments play in protecting children's teeth. Fluoride has the unique ability to strengthen tooth enamel, the hardest substance found in nature. Depending on where you live, you may have fluoridated tap water. You may also have fluoride in your toothpaste, depending on the brand you use. Both of these are beneficial, but sometimes we recommend additional fluoride treatments based on the specific needs of your children. Why? The concentrations of the topical fluorides we typically apply are much higher than what is found in toothpastes, and we apply them for a longer period of time. For example, we often apply them for four minutes per treatment session.

To learn more about fluoride treatments, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your child. Or to learn more about fluoride treatments now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Topical Fluoride.” And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nate Berkus.”