When it comes to ensuring our West Orange and Caldwell dental patients receive the highest quality dentistry services, our first priority is prevention. The D&G Dental team wants to partner with patients to keep their smiles healthy. When damage or decay does occur, we want to quickly, comfortably, and effectively repair smiles. However, no matter how damaged your teeth are, we don’t just want to replace damaged structure. Our team prefers to fully restore the cosmetic appearance of your smile as well as the natural, healthy function. For this reason, we often recommend using metal-free, all-ceramic restoration materials. This ensures patients’ smiles will look as good as they feel after treatment. If you want to learn more about cosmetic dental restorations, call to schedule a consultation with D&G Dental in West Orange or Caldwell. Our skilled dentists and team will examine your smile and help you find the best restorative dentistry solution to deliver a healthy, flawless smile.
When are All-Ceramic Restorations Recommended?
We almost always recommend these natural looking restorations. They give patients back a flawless, healthy smile. However, some of the cases where using an all-ceramic restoration is most important include:
- Repairing front facing teeth that are visible within the smile line
- Protecting root canal treated teeth that can be seen within the smile line
- Replacing lost teeth as part of an implant supported tooth replacement prosthetic or traditional dental crown supported fixed bridge restoration
- Repairing teeth after the removal of damaged metal fillings or crowns
How are All-Ceramic Restorations Placed?
All-ceramic dental crowns and bridges are placed just like other advanced dental restorations. You should plan to visit our team for at least two appointments. During the initial visit, we prepare your smile by removing any damaged tissue. Then, a small amount of tooth structure is removed all the way around your tooth to allow the dental crown to fit seamlessly into the natural smile line. Next, we capture impressions of your prepared teeth. These molds are used by our team and dental lab to design and craft your custom restoration. Before you leave the office, we’ll place a temporary restoration to protect your prepared teeth. When we receive the custom restoration from our lab, you’ll return to exchange the temporary for the customized, all-ceramic dental crown.
How do I Care for my All-Ceramic Restorations?
Following your all-ceramic restoration, you should keep up with twice a day tooth brushing, daily flossing, and visiting our team twice a year. In addition to continuing these basic dental care steps, we may recommend you make some adjustments to your oral hygiene products. To avoid unnecessary wear to the ceramic, we will likely recommend you use an ultra soft bristled tooth brush and minimally abrasive tooth paste. You may also want to switch to a waxed floss to avoid pulling on the edges of your restoration. If you want specific product recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask one of our skilled dentists or dental hygienists. We’ll be happy to help you find the right oral hygiene products.