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Posts for: March, 2016

By Oasis Prosthodontics
March 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

One bite of your favorite food can be all it takes to turn a cracked tooth into a broken one. Luckily, crowns can help stabilize damaged or fragile teeth. Your Board Certified Colorado Springs Prosthodontist, Dr. Marina Funtik, explains how crowns help protect your teeth.Crowns

How do crowns work?
A crown slips over a tooth just like glove fits over your hand. Once in place, crown provides an excellent protection for the tooth. 
Crowns are made from a variety of materials that are strong enough to endure the pressure of chewing and biting without breaking. The latest materials crowns are made of today are zirconia and an Emax porcelain which provides for excellent strength and wear resistance.

What dental issues do crowns treat?
Crowns are often used to treat the following issues:

  • Fragile teeth: Crowns provide needed stability to teeth in danger of breaking. Cracks, chips, root canals and large fillings can increase the risk that your teeth will fracture eventually.
  • Broken teeth: Crowns are used to restore broken teeth and prevent additional damage that can lead to tooth loss.
  • Cosmetic problems: In addition to adding strength and stability to damaged or fragile teeth, crowns can also be used to improve cosmetic issues. Crowns are a good solution if you want to hide discolored teeth, teeth that are smaller than surrounding teeth or teeth that are oddly shaped.

What happens when I receive a crown?
Before you receive your new crown, your Colorado Springs Prosthodontist, Dr. Funtik will need to prepare the tooth to ensure a perfect fit for your crown. She'll also make an impression of your teeth for a custom-made crown. Your tooth will be protected with a temporary crown. Once the new crown is custom made, your Prosthodontist will make any necessary adjustments to the fit before permanently cementing it. Caring for your new crown is as simple as brushing and flossing every day.

Do you have a tooth that could benefit from a crown? Your Colorado Springs, CO prosthodontist, Dr. Funtik of Oasis Prosthodontics, will evaluate your teeth and let you know if crowns are the solution to your problem. Call her at (719) 574-2417 to schedule an appointment. Don't risk the health of your fragile or damaged teeth. Protect them with crowns!

By Oasis Prosthodontics
March 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: composite resins  

Restoring chipped, stained or decayed teeth with dental porcelain is a tried and true method that’s been used for decades. In recent years, though, restorations made with composite resin have become a popular alternative.

Made of a plastic-based matrix with added glass filler, composite resin can be molded and bonded to teeth to replace missing structure with color to match. While they can’t be used for every problem situation, they’re an efficient and economical way to transform your smile.

Here are 4 advantages for using composite resin to restore moderately defective teeth.

They require very little tooth preparation. Crowns, veneers and other porcelain restorations require removing some healthy tooth structure to accommodate them. With the development of stronger bonding materials, composite resins can restore even many large defects in teeth caused by decay or trauma with little structural removal and still remain durable.

Most composite resin restorations are “single-visit” procedures. Unlike porcelain restorations, applying composite resin doesn’t require a dental lab, a process that can take multiple visits. In most cases, a skilled dentist can apply them during a single visit.

They have excellent color matching capabilities. We usually think of teeth as one single shade of white — actually, a single tooth can have varying gradations of color from the root to the tip. As mentioned before, composite resins can be prepared to match those color shades precisely, so your restored teeth look natural and blend well with your other teeth.

Composite resins can be an effective temporary fix for young injured teeth. Because children’s teeth are still developing, permanent restorations for traumatized teeth aren’t usually advisable until they’ve fully matured. Composite resin can be used to restore a young tooth’s form and function until it’s ready for a permanent solution.

If you would like more information on restoring teeth with composite resin, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”

By Oasis Prosthodontics
March 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.