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By JAIME GUTIERREZ, D.D.S.
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

This tooth-shaped cap offers a host of restorative and cosmetic benefits.

Dental CrownsDental crowns have been around for centuries, dating all the way back to the Etruscans between 700 BC and the first century BC. Of course, as you might imagine, thanks to modern dental technology our Brookfield, CT, dentist Dr. Jaime Gutierrez is able to create dental crowns that resemble the look of a real tooth so that no one even knows you have one. So, what is a dental crown and how can it help you?

When is a dental crown used?

While they are typically used for restorative dentistry purposes they can also offer cosmetic benefits, as well. Some of the issues crowns can address include:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Weak teeth
  • Teeth that can no longer support a large dental filling
  • Discolored or poorly shaped teeth
  • Tooth loss

That’s right; crowns can even be instrumental in restoring your smile after tooth loss. While a crown won’t be used to replace a missing tooth all by itself it is used to cover a dental implant or to support a dental bridge. If you are missing a single tooth, then chances are good that a dental crown will be able to help.

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

The major benefit is that a crown will restore the tooth and improve how it functions. After all, a weak tooth will continue to weaken over time if you don’t provide it with the protection it needs, and a dental crown is the perfect way to protect it. It can also improve the overall shape and color of a tooth, making you feel more confident in your appearance.

Furthermore, dental crowns are made from durable material such as ceramic or porcelain, which means that the material looks just like natural tooth enamel. The shade of the porcelain or ceramic is even matched to the tooth so that it blends right in with the rest of your smile.

What are same-day crowns?

Our Brookfield, CT, restorative dentist makes it even easier to get the restoration you need in the very same day. Traditionally, it takes about 2-3 separate visits to get your permanent crown, but with CEREC same-day crowns we can provide you with the same great restoration in just one visit. Everything is done right here in our office so we don’t have to turn to an outside dental lab to create your crown. It’s fast, efficient and you’ll walk out of our office with a brand new smile.

Does it sound like dental crowns might be something that could improve your oral health? If so, the next step is to sit down with us for a consultation to find out if this truly the best way to restore your smile. Call our Brookfield, CT, dental office today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental crowns.

By JAIME GUTIERREZ, D.D.S.
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental ImplantsNothing looks, acts, or feels quite like your real teeth. However, if you suffer tooth loss due to extensive decay, infection, accident, or another circumstance, take heart. Your Brookfield, CT, dentist, Dr. Jaime Gutierrez, offers qualified patients the next best thing--quality dental implants. Placed in the jaw bone where natural tooth roots previously resided, titanium implant devices, along with their extensions and porcelain crowns, deliver optimal oral function and appearance.

What's the big deal about dental implants?

It has to do with osseointegration, a natural process whereby the jaw bone bonds to the titanium metal device. While osseointegration takes up to six months after implant placement, the result is well worth the wait. Fully restored dental implants typically last for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Other tooth replacements, such as fixed bridges and conventional dentures, cannot preserve size and density of gum tissue and bone the way dental implants can. Therefore, facial dimensions, personal appearance and oral function change over time. In addition, older-style tooth replacements must be replaced every ten years or so, impacting personal budgets and schedules.

Who gets dental implants?

Dr. Gutierrez offers dental implants to patients who have enough bone in their jaws to support the screw-like titanium devices. He confirms this with oral examination and sophisticated digital imaging.

Additionally, prospective implant patients should have:

  • Good overall health (strong immune systems)
  • Diligent oral hygiene habits
  • Willingness to reduce tobacco use or to stop smoking

Brushing, flossing, and getting professional cleanings and exams with your Brookfield dentist ensure your implant sites stay plaque- and tartar-free, avoiding a difficult infection called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis resembles advanced gum disease. Quitting tobacco helps gums and bone around implants stay healthy, too.

Finally, you may be a candidate for dental implants even if you have extensive bone and tooth loss. Grafting procedures build-up implant sites, and Dr. Gutierrez may recommend multiple implants to support partial and full dentures.

Explore the possibilities

Dr. Gutierrez invites you to look into modern dental implants. He places and restores implants right in his Brookfield, CT, office, and the procedures are easier than you may think. Please call the office to arrange your dental implant consultation: (203) 775-0480.