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Cosmetic Dentistry SmileWhen a smile lacks functionality and beauty, it's more than noticeable: it devastates the patient's confidence and oral health. If you're missing teeth or have one marred by decay, injury or infection, you can smile again with crowns and bridges from your dentist in Columbia, SC, Dr. Kristina O'Neill. Her restorative treatment plans include crowns and bridgework that are very lifelike.

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped jacket of high-quality porcelain. A crown extends the life of a failing tooth.

Dentists such as Dr. O'Neill work hard to preserve as many natural teeth as possible with precise preventive and restorative dental treatments such as crowns, fillings, cleanings, examinations, and more. Extractions are a last resort because they impact appearance, bone structure, gum tissues and the strength and position of remaining teeth.

What is a bridge?

Bridgework consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) attached to natural teeth with dental crowns. Your dentist removes some enamel from the supporting, or abutment, teeth in order to accommodate the crowns. Both pontics and crowns are well-shaped and colored to blend in with the balance of your smile.

Caring for crowns and bridges

The American Academy of Prosthodontics states that crowns and bridgework last five to seven years or more when patients practice good oral hygiene at home and see their dentists semi-annually for examinations and cleanings. Dr. O-Neill carefully assesses restorations and tooth replacements, such as crowns and bridges, She advises patients avoid staining dietary choices (coffee and tea) and chewing on hard foods or non-foods such as fingernails or pencil tops.

Chew well, look great

You can restore your smile with crowns and bridges from Dr. Kristina O'Neill and her team. Contact the office today, and come see us for an individualized consultation. Phone (803) 988-1070.

May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental Crowns If you have a severely decayed, misshapen, or injured tooth, don't despair. Today's dental crowns restore a variety of dental problems, allowing people to keep their teeth for years and to avoid extraction. Your dentist, Dr. Kris O'Neill, offers CEREC same-day crowns at her Columbia, SC, dental practice. Convenient, quick, strong, and realistic, CEREC crowns revitalize and protect damaged teeth, and the aesthetic results are just beautiful.

Just what is a crown?

It's a tooth-shaped protective covering, usually crafted from lifelike porcelain. Made according to oral impressions, a crown looks, feels, and bites just like your real tooth because most of your natural tooth structure remains in place. Your dentist in Columbia only removes the decayed and damaged portions and then permanently bonds this realistic restoration in place.

Dentists choose porcelain for most crown applications because of its durability and realistic appearance. While some doctors use a dental lab for crown fabrication, Dr. O'Neil is trained in the innovative CEREC process which allows her to design, create, and place a dental crown in just one visit--all in the comfort of her office.

A crown in one to two hours?

Yes, you read that correctly. With CEREC dental crowns, your tooth will be restored, strong, and functional in just one to two hours. Here's how.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. In other words, Dr. O'Neil designs your porcelain crown right in the treatment room as you relax and watch. Using special digital impressions (no messy putty or trays), your dentist tells a milling machine exactly the size, shape, and color your new crown should be. She does this with CAD/CAM software. CAD/CAM means computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, a process which eliminates the time and expense involved in an outside dental lab.

The milling procedure takes about 15 minutes after which the doctor does a final shaping and polishing on that new crown. Then, she bonds the restoration to your prepared tooth. Usually, CEREC crowns are so precisely crafted that there's little to no need to adjust the crown for bite and fit. That's it. You have a fully restored tooth.

A final note, dentists place crowns to anchor fixed bridgework, to finish root canal therapy and to restore dental implants, making crowns very popular and useful restorations, says the American Dental Association.

Life with your CEREC crown

Expect it to last 10 years or more, but as with any restoration, you must brush twice a day and floss daily to reduce plaque and tartar. Also, Dr. O'Neill will expect to see you every six months for a complete oral examination and hygienic cleaning. These oral hygiene habits keep crowns clean and bright and spot any problems before they become serious.

Contact us

If you have a damaged tooth, a dental crown could be in your future. Why not get the best kind possible? Contact Dr. O'Neill's office staff in Columbia, SC, to arrange a consultation on CEREC dental crowns. Call (803) 988-1070.

By Dr. Kris O'Neill
May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When you have a damaged tooth, there may be several options for restoring its look and function. The extent of the damage, the location restorative dentistryof the tooth and the health of your other teeth will all determine which restoration will benefit you the most. For missing teeth, Dr. Kris O'Neill, your dentist in Columbia, South Carolina, often recommends crowns and bridges, which are two parts of one restoration. Here's how these two implements work together to create one great tooth replacement!

What is a crown?

Teeth that have extensive decay or breakage cannot be repaired with a simple filling or bonding; they will need crowns to be fitted over them as protection from further problems. Crowns are tooth-shaped restorations, made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, that are hollow in the middle. Using local anesthetic and hand-held tools, your Columbia dentist will prepare the damaged tooth, removing the decay while keeping the remaining healthy structure, including the roots, intact. This allows a crown to be placed snugly over the tooth and cemented into place. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, a crown can last many years.

What is a bridge?

Another way crowns can improve your dental health is by supporting a bridge. Bridges are artificial teeth, made similarly to crowns, that fill in spaces caused by missing teeth. Bridges can consist of one tooth or several, but all are held in place by crowns that are attached to healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap. Dr. O'Neill uses the same method to prepare your teeth for the crowns that are part of the bridge's structure.

If you have a missing tooth, crowns and bridges could be exactly what you need. Let dentist Kris O'Neill, DMD help you achieve a better smile by contacting her office in Columbia, South Carolina for an appointment today!