How can we help you?
Keeping our patients informed about the benefits of excellent oral health is the cornerstone of our Metairie practice. We think you’re more likely to take steps to protect your oral health when you know the impact that healthy teeth can have on your life.
We don’t expect you to be an expert about dentistry, and we’re here to answer any and all of your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.
If you don’t see your question listed here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our convenient online contact form.
Every patient is different when it comes to the life span of their dental work, so it’s difficult to guess exactly how long a dental crown will last. Once our doctors have had the opportunity to examine your teeth, we can usually give you a fairly accurate estimate.
Dental materials and technology have improved dramatically in the last ten years. This makes crowns more durable, but the life of your crown really depends on your own oral hygiene practices and your general dental health. Grinding your teeth and gum disease are just two examples of problems that can affect the life of your crown.
Generally speaking, if your teeth are healthy and you practice good oral hygiene, you can expect your crown to last for about 15 years. If you are particularly conscientious about your overall oral health care, your crowns may last a lifetime.
Maintaining Your Dental Crown
During your regular checkups at Oak Family Dental, we’ll examine your crowns to check for damage or any signs of weakness. This makes it easy for us to address these problems so your crown won’t break or come loose.
We’ve been placing durable dental crowns for 30 years. Our experience and skill help to ensure that your crowns last for as long as possible with regular visits for exams and cleanings. If you have questions about dental crowns in Metairie, LA, please don't hesitate to call us here at Oak Family Dental.
CEREC is a remarkable new technology that has completely changed the way we approach placing dental crowns and inlays. It allows us to fabricate a permanent crown, inlay, or onlay in just one appointment. The custom restoration can be finished so quickly because we create it right here in our Metairie office.
Previously, the only option you had for having a crown or onlay placed was the traditional process. The dentist would prepare the tooth, take impressions, place a temporary restoration, then send the impressions to an outside dental lab to be created. Finally, you would return to the dentist to have the final crown or onlay fitted and secured in place.
What makes them so different?
With CEREC, we can eliminate many of those steps, including the nuisance of a temporary crown and a second visit to our office. CEREC crowns are milled from durable, natural-looking porcelain.
They are long-lasting and hold up to normal use; CEREC crowns are not temporary in any sense. Also, because our dentist creates and fits your new crown during one appointment, we can ensure that your restoration fits perfectly before you leave our office.
We’d love to tell you more about CEREC crowns. Please contact our office to arrange a consultation so we can see if CEREC is right for you.
Dental bonding is the use of tooth-colored filling material for minor repairs or minor flaws in your teeth. Dental bonding can be used to close minor spaces between teeth, fix chips, small cracks, gaps, or discoloration. A benefit of bonding is the tooth (or teeth) being bonded do not have to be cut down, as they do with crowns and veneers. Bonding and crowns are not interchangeable treatment options. If a tooth is severely broken down or is a tooth that absorbs a lot of force, a crown is typically indicated.
Scheduling Your Appointment
If you're interested in dental bonding or have more questions about dental bonding, please don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call our Metairie, LA dental office today at (504) 834-6410.
Tooth wear starts when the outer layer of teeth, enamel, starts to wear down prematurely. Many factors including the way we chew, our diet and medical problems, such as acid reflux can cause teeth to wear. Clenching and grinding during sleep even cause tooth wear.
To prevent wear, we recommend regular removal of bacterial and acids from the mouth through brushing and mouth rinses. It is also a good idea to reduce the amount of acid in our diet, such as sodas. If you are clenching and grinding at night, a nightguard may be recommended. The treatment of tooth wear depends on the underlying cause of the wear so the first step is to diagnose the cause of the tooth wear. This may require visiting a physician for a physical.
Fixing Tooth Wear
There are many ways to build teeth back up to prevent wear or to at least slow the damage. We can build your teeth back up through the use of tooth-colored dental bonding. Bonding acts as part of your natural tooth and is completely unnoticeable.