Julie Folger, DDS
3333 Hwy 1417 N.
Sherman, TX 75092
(903) 893-2540

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3333 Hwy 1417 N.
Sherman, TX 75092

 

Posts for: March, 2018

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Failing teeth, missing teeth--they are a recipe for a smile that just doesn't look good or work well. How can you fix your smile? Consult Dr. dental crownsJulie Folger and Dr. Ralf Poineal, your crown and bridge experts in Sherman, TX. Their combined expertise gives patients the edge in restorative dentistry techniques so anyone can optimize their smile aesthetics and oral function.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or cap, is a permanent restoration which protects a tooth damaged by a blow to the mouth, multiple fillings, odd congenital shape or deep decay. Made of beautiful, natural-looking, and durable porcelain, crowns also restore dental implants when tooth replacement becomes necessary, and crowns anchor fixed bridgework to fill smile gaps of one, two or more adjoining teeth.

To determine if your oral health situation warrants a dental crown, Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal will perform a complete oral examination. Visual inspection and digital X-rays tell if a tooth is viable and can accept a crown. If it is, the Sherman dentist will remove the decayed areas and old filling material, shaping it for best fit with the restoration.

Also, the doctor will take oral impressions to send to a trusted dental lab. At the lab, a skilled technician will use the impressions and your dentist's detailed instructions to fabricate a crown that is a perfect match for shape, color, and bite.

Dental crowns may last up to 15 years, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. Simple brushing and flossing keeps them clean and bright, and Dr. Poineal and Dr. Folger recommend wearing a customized bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth.

What is fixed bridgework?

Bridgework replaces adjoining missing teeth. Conventional bridgework is made of lifelike acrylic and is anchored to natural teeth with dental crowns on opposite ends of the prosthetic. In some cases, bridgework may be cantilevered--that is, attached natural teeth only on one end of the bridge.

In addition, some fixed bridgework is secured directly to the jawbone with dental implants. These titanium devices adhere to the bone, providing superior security and longevity. With routine at-home hygiene and in-office cleanings and check-ups, most bridgework lasts for years.

A complete smile

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that a beautiful smile is a personal and professional asset. Additionally, you'll avoid impaired oral function that comes from smile gaps and deteriorating teeth. Find out more by paying a visit to Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal. Call the office in Sherman today to arrange your crown and bridge consultation: (903) 893-2540.




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