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By The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Crowns and Bridges  

dental crowns and bridgesImproving the appearance or function of your smile is as easy as adding a crown or bridge. Crowns and bridges are among the restorations that Sugar Land, TX, dentists Dr. Stephen Lukin, Dr. Mark Lukin, and Dr. Leila Asnaashari offer at Lukin Family Dentistry.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns are ceramic, resin, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations that slip over teeth. The hollow restorations are often used to hide imperfections, repair damage or strengthen weak teeth. Crowns are also used to make bridges. Bridges replace missing teeth and are constructed of one or more artificial teeth attached to crowns on either end. The crown portions of the bridge anchor the restoration securely, preventing it from moving when you chew. Crowns are also attached to dental implants, the newest tooth restoration option. Implants bond to the jawbone and serve as synthetic roots.

What advantages do crowns and bridges offer?

Crowns and bridges offer these benefits:

  • Improved Chewing: Damage to a tooth or the loss of one or more teeth can make it hard to chew easily. When it's hard to bite or chew vegetables, fruits, or meat, you may avoid these healthy foods, which may eventually lead to nutritional deficiencies. A crown, bridge, or dental implant makes chewing easier and just may keep you healthier.
  • Stronger Teeth: Crowns are often used to protect and stabilize fragile teeth that have become weaker due to aging, cracks, root canal therapy, trauma, or large fillings.
  • No More Pain: Broken teeth can be very painful. Adding a crown protects the tooth and eliminates pain and sensitivity.
  • Improved Appearance: Many people don't realize just how much they take their smiles for granted until they experience a problem with their teeth. Even a minor defect can make you feel more than a little self-conscious. Crowns and bridges restore your appearance and help you feel better about your smile. Your Sugar Land dentist may recommend a crown if you have a discolored tooth or want to change the shape or length of a tooth. Bridges and crowns connected to dental implants fill the gaps in your teeth, transforming your smile.

Are you ready to take advantage of the smile-enhancing benefits of crowns and bridges? Call Sugar Land, TX, dentists Dr. Stephen Lukin, Dr. Mark Lukin, and Dr. Leila Asnaashari at (281) 265-9000 to schedule an appointment.

CementedorScrewedWhichImplantCrownAttachmentisBestforYou

In the realm of restorative dentistry, dental implants are king. A dental implant can replace a tooth with a permanent, life-like restoration with a solid reputation for durability.

Implants are also known for one other quality — variety. Not all implants are alike, and they have varied applications for use. Available in various shapes and sizes, they can be used for a single tooth or as part of a multiple tooth bridge or overdenture. And while their basic architecture is the same, you also have two options for how the permanent crown (the visible tooth portion) attaches to the implant: screwed or cemented.

A screw attachment can securely fasten a crown to an implant without the need for cement; it also allows for easy removal for repair or replacement should the crown become damaged or worn. On the other hand, it could pose a cosmetic problem — even though the access hole for the screw may be covered with a tooth-colored filling, it could still be distinguishable from the rest of the crown. There’s also a slight risk of the crown chipping around the access hole.

A crown cemented to the implant won’t have this cosmetic issue with an access hole, and will look just like a natural tooth. But unlike a screwed crown, removing a cemented crown can be more difficult. The cement may also cause gum inflammation and potential bone loss in sensitive patients.

The condition of your mouth, the type of implant you’re receiving and other circumstances will all factor into determining which method is best for you. If we’re “immediately loading” the crown (meaning we’re affixing a temporary crown to the implant immediately after placement in the jaw), then the screw method may be more advantageous. Aesthetically speaking, though, a cemented crown may be a better option in terms of final smile appearance.

But whichever method is used, you’ll still benefit from what implants do best — help you regain the function lost from a missing tooth and change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on your options with dental implants, 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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By Stephen P. Lukin, D.D.S.
April 12, 2012
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   dental implants  
DentalImplantsTheBestSolutionForMissingTeeth

If you have missing teeth, dental implants are the state-of-the-art tooth replacement system. They act as substitutes for natural tooth roots, stabilizing the bone with which they fuse and become integrated with. This protects the remaining bone and prevents its further loss, the natural occurrence after the natural teeth are lost. Done correctly, implants can offer a long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth.

Key factors assuring dental implant success are having an experienced dental team consisting of:

  1. A surgeon (periodontist or oral surgeon, or dentist trained in surgical techniques to place the implants)
  2. A dental technician who will design the crowns (tooth portion of the implant)
  3. A restorative dentist to place the crowns

The whole team is necessary to plan the process as well as carry out their individual roles. They will ensure that there is enough bone and that it is in the right place prior to treatment to allow for proper implant position, and that the implant/s are correctly placed, which is necessary to allow for natural aesthetics and proper function.

Replacing missing teeth is imperative to maintaining normal oral health and function. Dental implants will help support the entire structure of the face. If back teeth are lost, the vertical height of the lower face and mouth can begin to collapse, negatively impacting biting function and causing creasing and cracking of the lips and facial skin, resulting in a prematurely aged look.

Implants differ from bridgework in several ways, making them the most favorable option for tooth replacement in many cases. For starters, they do not affect adjacent teeth, nor do they decay like teeth, and they are less susceptible to gum disease. In the long-term, implants are a more cost-effective solution based on the fact that once they are placed, their life expectancy is longer than bridgework.

If you have missing teeth that have negatively affected your appearance, self-confidence, and ability to chew, call us today to talk about the possibility of replacing them with dental implants. To learn more about the use and capabilities of dental implants, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Evaluating Your Options For Replacing Missing Teeth.”

By Stephen P. Lukin, D.D.S.
September 25, 2011
Category: Dental Procedures

In a recent online poll conducted by Dear Doctor, the premier oral healthcare resource for consumers, 77% of those polled planned on visiting their dentist prior to their wedding. For some, this includes a thorough cleaning to remove stains and freshen both their smile and breath. However, a growing number of brides, grooms, and parents of the couple are seeking cosmetic dentistry or more specifically, a smile makeover, to transform their smile for their special day as well as their future.

If this describes your situation, take the first step towards the smile you have always wanted. To create your ideal smile, we will first meet with you to get to know you better and hear your concerns, goals, expectations and wedding day timeline. Bringing in photos or magazine images of smiles that you consider beautiful will help to ensure that we understand what you find attractive, as beauty can vary greatly from individual to individual. During this initial consultation, you will also learn about your smile makeover treatment options and what you could expect immediately prior, during and following each option.

Some subtle improvements we may consider are teeth whitening and bonding. Both of these options can take place in just a few office visits and produce very attractive results. Porcelain veneers and crowns can provide you with longer-term results that can last from 10 to 20 years. However, because they typically require 1 to 4 months advance notice, it is important to see us as soon as possible to ensure you have enough time before your special day. Another procedure that can play a dramatic role in your smile makeover is periodontal plastic surgery to improve and alter your gum tissues and their relationship to your teeth. For example, the appearance of “short” teeth can be corrected by lengthening them during a surgical procedure that has minor discomfort yet results in a life-long change.

Want to learn more?

Contact us today to discuss your smile makeover questions or to schedule an appointment. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”