Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown offers the ideal solution when a damaged tooth affects your smile. Our Carbondale, IL, dentist, Dr. Mazhar Butt, discusses dental crownsthe advantages of dental crowns.

How can a crown help me?

Crowns offer two important benefits. They protect damaged or fragile teeth from fracturing and restore teeth that have already fractured. Hollow crowns slip over teeth and are constructed of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Both of these materials look like tooth enamel and are strong enough to endure years of biting and chewing.g

How do crowns protect damaged teeth?

As tough as teeth are, they aren't indestructible. They can break, chip or crack if you experience a blow to the face, use your teeth as a tool to open a bottle, or bite into a hard nut. Teeth can become more brittle and subject to cracking or breaking as you age. Brittle teeth also tend to run in some families.

Dental procedures used to restore teeth, such as root canal therapy and large fillings, can also weaken them and make them more susceptible to damage. Topping a damaged tooth with a crown offers these benefits:

  • Restoration: After you receive a crown, you can once again use the tooth to chew.
  • Appearance: Crowns cover cracks, chips, discolorations and the exposed sections of broken teeth. You'll feel like smiling again when you see how much better your tooth looks with the addition of a crown.
  • No Further Damage: Even the tiniest crack can increase the chance that your tooth will break under pressure eventually. Crowns absorb strong forces generated by chewing, protecting your teeth.
  • Lower Cavity Risk: Cracks and chips in teeth create convenient pathways for bacteria to enter your teeth. Crowns seal and protect teeth.

What happens when I receive a crown?

Before you receive your crown, all sides of your tooth must be filed down. Reducing the size of the tooth ensures a comfortable fit for your crown. After your tooth is reduced in our Carbondale office, we'll make an impression of your mouth, which will be used to create your crown in a dental laboratory. Crowns usually require two dental appointments spaced about two weeks apart. The first appointment involves sizing the tooth, making an impression and covering the tooth with a temporary crown. During the second appointment, you'll receive your permanent crown.

Do you have a damaged tooth? Call our Carbondale, IL, dentist, Dr. Butt, at (618) 457-2123 to schedule an appointment to discuss dental crowns.

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
April 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

The American College of Prosthodontists, dentists who specialize in replacing missing teeth, estimates that 178 million Americans have denturesat least one missing tooth. In that large population, around 15 percent are completely toothless (edentulous). Results include lack of self-confidence, poor chewing and speaking and jaw bone recession.

How can people regain their smiles? Dr. Mazhar M. Butt, Carbondale, IL dentist, offers state-of-the-art restorative dental services which fill smile gaps and re-create stable, strong, beautiful teeth for best appearance and normalized oral function. He crafts partial and full dentures using precise diagnostic and imaging techniques and the finest materials available.

What is a Partial Denture?

A partial denture spans the gap created by loss of one or more teeth right in a row. Made from tooth-colored resin and mounted on a Vitallium metal frame, a "partial" anchors to adjacent teeth with clasps. Removable, comfortable and individually crafted for best fit, bite and appearance, the partial denture allows a patient to smile, eat and speak with confidence. With good care, this appliance lasts 10 years or more.

What are Full Dentures?

A full denture replaces a complete top or bottom arch of teeth. Held in place by the mouth's natural suction, or supported by dental implants surgically placed in the jaw, a full denture allows a patient to chew properly, speak clearly and look youthful.

Sometimes, Dr. Butt places immediate full dentures right after tooth extraction. These prosthetics actually provide some gentle pressure to sutured gums, helping to quell bleeding. They also allow the patient to leave the dental office with a full set of teeth in place. As healing progresses and gums and bone shrink, the fit of an immediate denture changes, requiring relining for more accurate fit.

Conventional dentures are placed after oral tissues are completely healed. This ensures a better, longer-lasting fit.

The Denture Process

After Dr. Butt and the patient determine which option is best, the Carbondale dentist takes oral impressions and sends a treatment plan to an outside lab. A skilled denture technician crafts the denture based on diagnostic imaging and Dr. Butt's instructions. Dr. Butt takes great care to ensure proper fit, bite balance and aesthetics; so the patient can expect a few dental visits to adjust a denture after initial placement.

What's Right for You?

Together, you and Dr. Mazhar Butt determine what tooth replacement option is best for your oral health and overall well-being. Regain your smile! Call Dr. Butt's friendly team today, and schedule your one-on-one denture consultation. Phone (618) 457-2123.