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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.

Would you like to improve your smile but aren't sure which cosmetic procedure is right for you? Dr. Julie Folger, your cosmetic dentist incosmetic dentistry Sherman, TX, discusses several common types of procedures.

Composite Bonding

Bonding is an effective, relatively inexpensive way to repair damaged teeth and improve cosmetic issues. Putty-like composite resin, the material used for bonding, can be molded into any shape. Once it's applied to your teeth, it becomes as hard as your natural tooth enamel. Bonding is often used to lengthen teeth, improve the appearance of crooked teeth, fill slight gaps between teeth and cover cracks, chips and stains.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are hollow dental restorations that slip over a tooth, covering it completely. They're used to stabilize cracked or broken teeth or teeth that have been weakened by large fillings or root canal therapy. Crowns can also lengthen short teeth and conceal imperfections, such as oddly shaped or crooked teeth, discolorations, cracks and chips. Bridges replace missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth attached to crowns on either side.

Teeth Whitening

Dull, yellow teeth can make you feel self-conscious in business and social situations. After professional teeth whitening, your teeth will be as much as three to eight shades lighter. Your dentist offers both in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits for your convenience.


Thin porcelain veneers hide flaws and imperfections that prevent you from enjoying a perfect smile. Since veneers are attached to the fronts of your teeth only, they don't require a complicated dental procedure. Veneers are used to whiten teeth and hide chips, cracks, gaps and oddly shaped teeth.

Dentures and dental implants

Full or partial dentures replace missing teeth, allowing you to eat and chew normally. Full dentures rest on your gums, while partial dentures usually hook over surrounding teeth. Dental implants are a good choice if you prefer a more permanent tooth loss replacement option. Implants replace your teeth from the root to the crown and can be used to replace one tooth or all of them.

Cosmetic dental procedures can make you feel like smiling again. Call Dr. Julie Folger, your cosmetic dentist in Sherman, TX, at (903) 893-2540 to schedule an appointment to find out which option is right for you.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
September 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

There are many options for replacing missing teeth, which can leave patients with a sometimes confusing decision. Dr. Julie Folger, your Sherman dentist, is here to help you choose between crowns, bridges, and other dental restorations.Crowns

What is the difference between crowns and bridges? 

Both crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that replace missing or broken teeth. While they are both cemented to the teeth permanently, they are used in different cases, and each has its strengths.

Crowns: Crowns are used in instances of damaged or broken teeth. A crown is fitted over what remains of the broken tooth, capping it off and creating the appearance of a new, undamaged tooth. While aesthetically pleasing, crowns also strengthen the broken tooth, increasing function and decreasing the chance of that tooth becoming even more damaged.

Bridges: Bridges are used when one or more teeth are missing between healthy teeth. When teeth are missing, the gaps left behind cause the remaining teeth to shift to compensate, resulting in an irregular bite. Bridges are anchored to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap, with one or several artificial teeth supported between them. This fills out your smile and prevents the outside teeth from sliding into the empty space over time.

How do crowns and bridges work? 

Crowns and bridges are similar in their installation and manufacturing. Natural teeth that will be crowned or serve as the anchor points for a bridge must first be reduced in size, so the bridge or crown fits securely. The dentist then takes a mold of the teeth and gums in order to create a completely custom fit. The color of the crown or bridge is matched to the surrounding teeth in order to appear as close in color to the natural teeth as possible. Using the mold and coloring details, a dental lab creates the crown or bridge exactly to the specifications provided by the dentist. In some cases, a temporary crown or bridge is used as a placeholder until the permanent prosthetic is available.

Crowns and bridges can both last for the remainder of the patient’s lifetime. The best and easiest way to ensure that the prosthetics do not come  lose  or fall out is to commit to outstanding oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, where they can be properly monitored for any damage or loosening. Dr. Folger in Sherman, TX is well versed in crowns and bridges, and can help install and monitor her patients’ progress with both. To make an appointment with her personal, professional care and knowledgeable staff, call today!

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