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Here’s how a dental crown could improve your oral health.
If you are dealing with a cracked, broken, or infected tooth, then chances are good that our dental team has recommended getting a dental crown. A dental crown is a commonly placed restoration that can benefit smiles that have broken, damaged, or weak teeth. Fortunately, when these problems happen, our Charleston, SC, dentist Dr. Denise Stone offers state-of-the-art restorative dentistry that includes beautiful and long-lasting dental crowns to better your smile.
A dental crown is a marvelous way to restore, preserve, and even improve the appearance of one or more teeth. Here are some reasons for a dental crown,
- Cover and protect a damaged or broken tooth
- Replace a large filling or to support a severely decayed tooth
- Reinforce and reshape a weak or misshapen tooth
- Preserve teeth that are worn down and prone to breakage
- Cover badly stained or discolored teeth
- Protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Anchor a dental bridge in place (to replace missing teeth)
- Cover a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth
What should I expect when getting a dental crown?
You will typically need to make two trips to our dental office here in Charleston, SC, for us to complete your restorative dentistry procedure. Here are the steps involved,
Step 1: First, we need to remove decay or treat any infection that might be present. After which, we will shave down parts of the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. This is all performed under local anesthesia.
Step 2: We will take impressions of your mouth to get the exact measurements needed to craft your crown. These impressions are sent to a dental lab that we trust to make your very own crown. In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.
Step 3: You will come in a second and final time to have the temporary crown removed so that we can check the fit and look of your permanent crown. If you are fully satisfied with your new crown, we will then cement it into place. With a final polish your new tooth is good to go!
Whether you want to learn more about dental crowns or you’re ready to sit down with our Charleston dental team to discuss your restorative dentistry options, don’t hesitate to call Stone Family Dentistry at (843) 556-6566.
How your dentist in Charleston, South Carolina can help with your dentures
Dentures have been a go-to solution to replace missing teeth for a long time. If you wear a denture, you may be wondering if you are doing all you can do to take care of your denture. Proper care can help your denture last longer so you can continue to enjoy eating the foods you love.
Dr. Denise Stone at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, South Carolina offers a wide variety of dental services, including tooth replacement options like dentures.
Here are some tips for taking care of your denture:
- Always be careful when handling your dentures; they are well made, but they can still break, so don’t ever try to bend the plastic or the clasps.
- Remove your dentures and rinse them off after you eat; this helps to keep them free of food debris, which can irritate your soft tissue.
- After you have rinsed your dentures, gently brush your tissue with a piece of gauze or soft toothbrush; regularly cleaning helps to reduce levels of bacteria.
- Use a denture cleanser at least once each day to remove debris, plaque, and denture adhesive.
- Always remove your dentures when you go to sleep, to help limit bacterial growth which can cause inflammation and infection.
- Place your dentures in soaking solution overnight to keep your denture moist and comfortable to wear.
- Always rinse your denture free of soaking solution before you place it in your mouth.
- Never use sharp tools, harsh chemicals or abrasive agents to clean your denture. Don’t use whitening agents containing bleach on your denture, and avoid cleaning your denture with very hot water because it can change the fit and shape of your denture.
Dentures can give you a lifetime of beautiful smiles and great chewing ability. Dentures are an investment and will last longer with proper care. To find out more about denture care and other dental services, call Dr. Denise Stone of Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, South Carolina at (843) 556-6566. Call today!
At Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, Dr. Denise Stone can enhance your smile and oral health with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are living with severe discoloration on the enamel, chips/cracks in their tooth structure, or have missing teeth, Dr. Stone has an excellent array of services to help preserve your pearly whites as long as possible.
To learn more about the types of cosmetic dentistry procedures provided, read on, and schedule a consultation to determine which would be best for you.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry includes services that improve the size, shape, color, and appearance of one or multiple teeth. The goal is to improve the functionality, aesthetics, and overall appearance of your smile. Although most of these procedures are typically elective, others offer restorative characteristics as well.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
There are many advantages to restoring the appearance and health of your smile, such as:
- A boost in self-esteem and confidence
- Prevent further dental damage
- A strengthened bite and chewing force
- Improved oral health
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
These are just a few of the popular cosmetic dental treatments Dr. Stone offers from her Charleston office. A complete list can be found on our website. After evaluating your teeth and gums during an oral examination, and discovering what you hope to achieve as a result, she can determine the best type of cosmetic dentistry procedure for you.
- Bonding - tooth-colored resin material bonds to enamel and is shaped and polished to match your natural shade
- Orthodontics - traditional braces or clear aligners move the teeth into their correct position for better alignment
- Porcelain veneers - wafer-thin custom shells that fit over the surface of enamel to improve their appearance
- Crowns and Bridgework - a tooth-shaped cap that restores strength, size, and function
- Professional teeth whitening - uses a safe and effective bleaching agent to eliminate discoloration
If your smile could use a minor or total makeover, consult with Dr. Denise Stone to determine which type of cosmetic dentistry procedure is the best course of action for your specific case. During your initial visit, she will address your smile goals, as well as any questions or concerns you may have. For more information about cosmetic dentistry and other services provided at Stone Family Dentistry, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Charleston, SC, office, please call (843) 556-6566.
Missing teeth can have consequences that affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. They can negatively impact your social life and hinder you from enjoying your favorite foods. At Stone Family Dentistry, for patients who suffer from these consequences, we offer dental implants in our Charleston, SC, dental office for those who wish to restore the function of their bite, appearance, and speech as a whole. This method of restorative dentistry is a permanent solution to enhance your self-esteem and oral health.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that consists of three parts - the body, abutment, and crown. They are surgically positioned into the jawbone to fuse with the gums, and provide a substantial foundation for the porcelain crown that resembles a natural tooth. Implants don't come loose as other dental restorations can, and improve your ability to speak, bite, and chew, without worrying about interference. Dental implants allow you to live the way you want to because they don't interfere with your daily activities.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
For an efficient way to restore your smile dental implants are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime with proper maintenance and routine visits to our dental office. If you experience pain and discomfort from missing teeth, dental implants replace your tooth roots and function like your own. They are extremely versatile, which means you'll be able to laugh, kiss, and eat with courage.
What to Expect From Treatment
One of our dentists develops a customized treatment plan at Stone Family Dentistry, after performing an oral examination and identifying your specific needs. Placement involves a minor procedure in our Charleston, SC, dental office, which involves inserting the dental implant into the jawbone, capping it with an artificial tooth crown, and allowing it to fuse together over a period of months. Caring for this restoration requires the same attention as your natural teeth, which includes daily brushing and flossing.
At Stone Family Dentistry, we want our patients to feel like their best version of themselves, which is why we offer dental implants in our Charleston, SC, dental office for those who are missing teeth. If you'd like to restore your smile as well as your confidence, schedule a consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you. For more information about restorative dentistry and other services provided, visit our website. For questions or appointment scheduling, please call (843) 556-6566.
Isn’t it time that you felt more confident in your smile?
In this day and age, there is no reason for people to feel embarrassed by their smiles. Here at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Denise Stone, offers the latest aesthetic treatments and techniques to tweak common imperfections and to give people the smiles that they’ve always wanted. Are you contemplating your cosmetic dentistry options? Here’s what you should know,
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
While preventive dentistry provides you with the dental care you need to prevent cavities and keep your teeth/gums healthy, cosmetic dentistry’s main focus is on the look of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can be a great option for any healthy adult in Charleston, SC, who wants to enhance their teeth, gums or overall appearance of their smile. Here are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments that we offer:
While there are ways to whiten teeth on your own, they are often slow-to-work and provide disappointing results. Conversely, professional bleaching options provide quick results and dramatic improvements.
Professional bleaching is the perfect option for those looking to get a whiter smile before their wedding day or a special occasion. For those who would like to brighten their smiles on their own schedule, we provide at-home whitening kits.
If one of your teeth is slightly cracked, stained or misshapen, dental bonding can help reshape it. During treatment, Dr. Stone will apply a tooth-colored resin to these areas of the tooth to cover imperfections and to improve its appearance. Once the resin is shaped, it’s hardened into place as a permanent solution to the issue. Bonding is a great and affordable way to enhance your smile.
If you wish to alter the shape, size, color, or alignment of your smile, dental veneers could be the solution. These fingernail-sized porcelain shells are bonded to the front of teeth in order to hide common imperfections. The porcelain is also matched to the shade of your teeth to give you natural results. Veneers can improve misshapen or oddly shaped smiles while covering stains, gaps between teeth, and other flaws.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Your dream smile is waiting. Call Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, today at (843) 556-6566 to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with Dr. Stone.