Dr Steven Kacel
Steven N. Kacel, DDS | General Dentistry Northbrook Illinois
Steven N. Kacel, DDS | Cosmetic Dentistry Northbrook Illinois
Steven N. Kacel, DDS | Urgent Care Dentistry Northbrook Illinois

All Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

Porcelain Dental Crowns

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Our permanent teeth are works of wonder: they help us chew, savor food, and allow us to have an attractive smile. They have a tough job, however, often take abuse and are very much affected by the things we eat and drink. Unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco, a fast food diet and other factors can result in weakening of the teeth, decay, infections and even life-threatening problems.  Teeth that are chipped, or partially or completely broken are also major problems.  In all these instances, the health of your teeth and how well they function are Dr. Kacel’s primary concerns, but patients today are also very concerned about appearance and Dr. Kacel’s office is happy to help with modern treatments that not only make you feel better, but look better, too

Dental crowning is one effective answer. . Crowning covers the visible part of the tooth above the gum line with a cap-like structure that not only provides better support for the tooth, it improves looks and performance as well. Crowns can be made of many kinds of material, including porcelain, metal, ceramic and more. Which will work best for you will depend on the condition of the tooth and your personal preferences.

In Dr. Kacel’s Northbrook office dental crowning is advised when you’re looking for:

  • A beautiful solution to a discolored tooth
  • Protection against a cracked/decayed tooth
  • Support for a dental implant
  • Support for the dental bridge

A little daily dental care can keep your dental crown strong and ensure its optimal performance. In order to prevent dental crowns from decaying, apply fluoride gel on your gum lines every night before going to sleep. Don’t grab your tooth and test it, which could loosen it or cause and improper fit. If your crown is uncomfortable or feels funny or you feel pain in your tooth or gums, contact Dr. Kacel’s office right away.

Crowning Touches from Dr. Kacel

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Dr. Kacel’s dental crowns serve many purposes, like fixing a cracked or broken tooth, which can crack down to the root if left unattended (ouch)–.

Because a crown fit by Dr. Kacel sits so snugly on the base of your gum line, it won’t bother you at all. Crowns not only look natural, but they feel and function like natural teeth.

You may also be a candidate for dental bridges, another “fixed” and terrific solution from dentistry solution to replacing one or more missing teeth that, like crowns, offer greater freedom than removable appliances or partial dentures.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges, like the ones Dr. Kacel can provide, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.  A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of this gap –and a false tooth placed in between. False teeth in-between the crowns can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants, with crowns on top of them, of course Crowns from Dr. Kacel’s office can give your mouth a regal feel.

Bridges offer you these important benefits:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

 The Three Main Types of Dental Bridges:

  • Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a false tooth in-between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal, or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
  • Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

What Is Dr. Kacel’s Bridge Building Process?

First Visit:
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.

Second Visit:
During your second visit to Dr. Kacel’s office, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Since we all want the bridge to work perfectly, additional visits to Dr. Kacel’s  office may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. What is needed is is dependent on your particular  case. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, Dr. Kacel may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After two or three weeks at most, the bridge is cemented into place.

Bridge to Answers for FAQs

Q. How long will Dental bridges last?
A. Five to 15 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years. Look how long the Brooklyn Bridge has lasted. (Slight dental humor here)

Q.  Will it be difficult to eat with my dental bridge?
A.   Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge should actually make eating easier. Until you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces

Q. What will a dental bridge cost and can I afford it?
A.  The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge selected and the area of the country in which the procedure is performed. Dental insurance usually pays a percentage of the fee depending on but you’ll need to check with your insurance plan. Please remember, that at Dr. Kacel’s Northbrook office our mission is to make every procedure affordable. We offer many option Our courteous and understanding staff will be pleased to explain a wide range of affordable financial options to fit your budget.

To learn if crowns or bridges are the dentistry solutions for you, please make an appointment with Steven N. Kacel, D.D.S., P.C. by calling the Northbrook office at 847.498.4415.

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