Posts for tag: crowns

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns SmileAre you in need of dental crowns? Many people are discovering the benefits of dental crowns. Dental crowns are dental caps that are placed over existing teeth by a dentist. They can correct many different types of dental issues. Dr. Mazhar Butt in Carbondale, IL offers a full range of dental services. Read on find out how dental crowns can help your smile. 

1. Fix Decayed Teeth- Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel. Causes of tooth decay include frequent snacking, drinking sugary beverages, and bad oral hygiene. Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that are badly decayed. Any decay is removed and the crown is fitted over the tooth strengthening its structure and restoring functionality.

2. Restore Cracked Teeth- Cracking a tooth is a common problem. It can happen as a result of an accident or eating hard foods. A cracked tooth can make eating painful, interfering with oral function. A crown can be used to restore your cracked tooth. A crown will restore the structure of your tooth so you can eat in comfort. 

3. Repair Chipped Teeth- If you discover you have chipped a tooth, don't panic. A dental crown can be used to repair your chipped tooth. A dental crown will make your chipped tooth look whole and healthy again. If you have a chipped tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid further damage. 

4. Strengthen Teeth- Dental crowns are cemented into place. Once placed, the crown becomes the tooth's outer surface. Dental crowns are incredibly strong and will restore full function of your teeth. Dental crowns restore the strength, size, and shape of your teeth. They strengthen weakened and damaged teeth and protect them from further damage.

5. Whiten Teeth- Pigments from dark-colored foods and beverages can cause tooth discoloration. Tobacco use is also a common cause of tooth discoloration and can turn the teeth yellow or brown. Since crowns are placed over the teeth, they can correct tooth discoloration. Your dentist can choose from over a dozen shades and give you a crown that matches the shade of your natural teeth.

If you need dental crowns, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Mazhar Butt's dental office at (618) 457-2123 today to schedule a dental consultation in Carbondale, IL. We want all of our patients to have a smile that's strong and beautiful!

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Dr. Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
January 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Can a Crown Save My Tooth? How a dental crown can fix a damaged tooth.

Years ago, if you had a tooth that was damaged, your only real option was to have the tooth taken out, but dentistry has changed a lot since then. Now there are many options available to you to fix your teeth, but you need the help of a professional, like Dr. Mazhar Butt of Carbondale, Illinois, your neighborhood expert on dental crowns.Crowns

Now, instead of creating a hole where your tooth used to be, you can strengthen your damaged tooth with a dental crown. Sometimes, a tooth is just too badly damaged to restore with treatment, but most often a tooth can be strengthened by inserting posts, and a strong amalgam (silver) framework which supports the final crown.

Dental crowns are made of different materials, and each has its own advantages. The main types of crowns are:

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal- the least expensive, this type of crown has both compressive strength and beauty; usually reserved for your premolars (bicuspids) and molars.
  • Porcelain jacket-  the most beautiful, this type of crown is used for your front teeth, which don’t require as much chewing strength. It is virtually indistinguishable from the teeth around it.
  • Full gold- the most expensive--due to the cost of the crown and the price of gold the day it is cast--but also it has the best compressive or chewing strength; this type of crown is typically reserved for your back teeth.

You will typically require two appointments to place a crown. During the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared to receive the crown, and an impression will be made of your teeth for your final crown. Dr. Butt will color-match your teeth with the crown, to give you the most natural look possible. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, where dental technicians will custom-make a crown just for you. At your second appointment, Dr. Butt will cement your beautiful, new, custom crown.

Crowns have many advantages over dental fillings because they are less likely to break or need replacing, and with proper care, they can last for your lifetime. If you have a damaged tooth and are thinking about a dental crown, stop by and talk with Dr. Mazhar Butt of Carbondale, Illinois. He can get your poor tooth back in shape, so call today!

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
December 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
June 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”