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If you have teeth that have deteriorated from bruxism, or some that are missing altogether, our dentist recommends a type of restorative service to repair the shape, size, durability, and appearance. At Morgan Dental Services, Dr. Ballard Morgan makes it his top priority to help patients achieve their smile goals while improving their oral health in the process. For patients who live near our Lexington, KY, office, consider crowns and bridgework to repair teeth that are worth saving, and read on to learn how these restorations can improve your smile.
How Do Crowns and Bridges Work?
Bridges and crowns are prosthetic devices that cement onto existing teeth or dental implants. Crowns serve as a cap that entirely covers the surface of an unattractive tooth and attaches to both ends of the bridge. Both devices are fabricated using various materials, such as porcelain, gold, or alloy. At Morgan Dental Services, Dr. Ballard will determine which is best for your needs during a consultation.
How Crowns and Bridges Improve Your Smile
Crowns and bridges help damaged, decayed, and unattractive teeth function regularly again. They are ideal for Lexington, KY, patients who have difficulties with enamel and tooth loss, and feel self-conscious, afraid to speak, socialize, and consume crunchy foods. These types of restorations also put a positive spin on your lifestyle by:
- Readjusting your bite to chew properly.
- Improving your pronunciation.
- Preserving bone health and facial structures.
- Preventing remaining teeth from shifting.
What to Expect from Treatment
Your dentist may advise using a crown or a bridge separately or merging them together depending on your situation and preferences. At the first visit, Dr. Ballard will prepare the tooth by shaping the enamel for an accurate fit. If there is minimal tooth structure left behind, he may fill the area with a material that is durable enough to support the crown. He will then take an impression of your teeth. This is used to design the permanent restoration. If you decide to move forward with dental bridges, once the dentist adhesively bonds the crown to healthy teeth adjacent to the gap, the bridge will rest in place.
If one or multiple teeth are worn down, discolored, or have gone missing, consult with our dentist to discuss how crowns and bridges blend in with your remaining ones, close the gaps, and seal the spaces that have you hiding from embarrassment.
Dr. Ballard Morgan and staff are committed to serving our patient's needs and helping them restore their mood, confidence, and general health overall. For more information about crowns, bridges, and other services provided in our Lexington, KY, office, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at Morgan Dental Services, please call (859) 233-7700.
Interested in getting a whiter smile but not exactly sure what teeth whitening treatment entails? Wondering if you should whiten at home or turn to our Lexington, KY, dentist Dr. Ballard Morgan? Here are the answers to some of the top whitening questions to help you make a more informed decision regarding the cosmetic dentistry you receive.
Which whitening options are available?
Along with the over-the-counter whitening products and kits you can get at your local drugstore, there are two main methods for getting a whiter smile from our Lexington office. These two options are: in-office and at-home whitening. Professional whitening can be a great way to get fast, effective results. If you’ve been trying commercial whitening products but haven’t noticed results, then it might be time to consider professional whitening treatment.
How white will my teeth get?
This will depend on several factors including the type of whitening treatment you opt for (in-office vs. at-home) and the severity of your dental stains. With professional in-office whitening, it’s pretty normal to get teeth a minimum of five shades whiter in just a single session; however, sometimes teeth can turn up to eight shades whiter after in-office whitening. We will work with you to create a whitening treatment plan that will give you the whitest results possible.
How long does professional in-office whitening take?
If you choose to come into our office for chairside teeth whitening, the treatment itself takes about 45 minutes; however, we will need to clean teeth beforehand to remove plaque and tartar buildup for better results. Altogether, the entire process usually takes about one hour.
How long will results last?
This will depend a lot on you and how well you care for your smile. Those who eat a lot of stain-producing foods and drinks (e.g. coffee; wine; curry) are more likely to see their results diminish quickly. Avoid stain-causing foods, make sure that you brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings. All of these smile-friendly habits could help you keep your results for up to a year or more.
Interested? Give us a call
Whether you have questions about getting teeth whitening or you want to schedule your first cosmetic dentistry session, call Morgan Dental Services in Lexington, KY, today at (859) 233-7700. A whiter smile is only a phone call away!