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The Miracle of Veneers


porcelain veneersAre you one of many men and women who are living with dental problems? Maybe you have teeth that are cracked, chipped, worn, yellow, or otherwise damaged. If this sounds familiar to you, then you know that sometimes a perfect smile seems like a distant dream.

At Crown Council, our dentists have vast experience practicing cosmetic dentistry, and we’ve learned a thing or two about the obstacles that can stand in the way of fixing dental issues. Not all procedures are right for everyone. And sometimes the price and healing times for procedures can make the decision hard to make.

Of course, if you are missing teeth, a dental implant is almost always worth it. Not only will it boost your self-esteem and get rid of the unsightly gap in your smile, but it will also prevent jaw bone loss down the line – and trust us, you want to avoid that.

But for those folks who have their teeth, but they’re not in great shape, dental work can seem too much of an investment—both in time and money. But not anymore!

Veneers are truly a modern dental miracle. You can literally walk out of your local Crown Council cosmetic dental office with a perfect smile. Imagine that!

Veneers are often a less expensive option than crowns or dental implants, and the results are truly astounding. Just ask your Crown Council dentist to see some before and after photos of real patients.
So what is a veneer?

Dental veneers are custom-made, paper-thin shells of porcelain that are cemented onto the fronts of teeth to drastically change the appearance of your smile. They can be finished in a few weeks and, once placed, they literally require no recovery time. You can stop by, get a brand new smile, and head back to work (or anywhere you can show off your sparkling new teeth!). They are long-lasting with proper dental hygiene, and they look and feel like natural teeth.

If you want the miracle of a new, perfect smile, contacting your local Crown Council dentist should be your first choice. We take pride in the quality and excellence of service offered by our members.


Give Your Smile a Boost with Cosmetic Dentistry


esthetic dentistHave you seen some of the beautiful smiles in the media these days? Perfect, straight, white teeth. Smiles that dazzle. Teeth that are in correct proportion to one another. Smiles that make entire faces glow.

How do they do it? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Very few people—even famous ones—are born with perfect smiles. And yet that gorgeous smile you desire is within reach with cosmetic dentistry at your local Crown Council cosmetic dentist.

Our exceptionally skilled and experienced Crown Council cosmetic dentists perform dental miracles every day.

So what could you use to give your smile a boost? Crown Council cosmetic dentists offer solutions to discolored teeth, too-small teeth, misshapen teeth, missing teeth, cracked teeth – you name it, we solve it!

Consider prepless veneers for a quick improvement to your smile without removing any of your tooth’s enamel. Think about teeth whitening for dull or stained teeth. Ask us about porcelain crowns for too-small or damaged teeth. Crown Council cosmetic dentists also offer porcelain veneers to correct the shape, alignment, color, and contours of your smile.

If your teeth are simply in need of a good cleaning and a thorough examination, our experienced dental hygienists can help you. If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, we can offer you a solution.

Use the tool on this page to find a Crown Council dentist located conveniently near you. Whatever your dental concern, a quick consultation with your Crown Council cosmetic dentist will get you on track to the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.


The Facts About Gum Disease


that facts about gum disease

the facts about gum disease

What do you know about your gums and gum disease?

The number of Americans who have periodontitis is a whopping 64.7 percent. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. 1 That’s half of all adults (over age 30) who have gum disease!

Do you think you might have gum disease? Look for swollen or red gums, tender gums, gums that pull away from teeth, or your teeth feeling loose. Of course, a visit to your Crown Council dentist can tell you the state of your gum health—and what you can do about—right away.

The percent of the country that flosses every day is just 13.5 percent. 2  Brushing and flossing daily is vital to keeping your gums healthy and avoiding the painful consequences of periodontitis.

It was 4,500 years ago that the very first periodontal disease was noted in humans. 3 Scientists recently discovered a mummy over 4,500 years old that showed clear signs of gum disease. So even though dentists haven’t been diagnosing it that long, periodontal disease is as old as the pyramids!

The number of grams you should eat of lactic acid-containing foods every day is 55 grams. 4 A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people who at this much (which is a little less than four tablespoons) per day of foods with lactic acid (think dairy products like yogurt and cheese) had less gum disease than those who skipped their dairy.

A study was released in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more Americans than ever are keeping their natural teeth these days. 4 That means that gum disease is being taken care of and people are seeking dental treatment to avoid losing teeth or having them extracted. Good news for teeth around the country!

Crown Council dentists offer the full gamut of periodontal services. We screen our patients for gum disease, help them avoid it in the first place, and have a multitude of strategies for treating gum disease when we do encounter it. Use our search tool to find a periodontal specialist near you and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and concerns.

As a sampling, many Crown Council dentists offer periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planning, crown lengthening, and osseous surgery. Wonder what we’re talking about? Give your Crown Council periodontal specialist a call today!

Information used from the following website, accessed 05/20/2015: 1. http://www.perio.org/newsroom/periodontal-disease-fact-sheet
2. http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-myths
3. http://www.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/the-long-gross-history-of-periodontal-disease-5638.asp
4. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,DD110


The Serious Consequences of Missing Teeth


the serious consequences of missing teethIf you lose a tooth, it might be tempting to leave it alone–especially if it’s in the back of your mouth where it can’t be seen. Many people have chosen to ignore tooth loss, but the truth is it isn’t all about esthetics. The problem is that losing a tooth comes with a myriad of implications that you might not think (or even know) about right now.

  • Proper dental hygiene. It can be hard to keep the space between teeth clean, especially if the spot is tender. Food can easily get trapped, flossing becomes harder, and brushing may not completely clean the area. This can lead to bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, and a host of oral health issues.
  • Discomfort. There’s a reason that babies don’t chew their food until they have teeth. Chewing on raw gums is downright uncomfortable. Because of this, many dental patients end up only eating on one side of their mouth or avoiding certain foods. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can even cause nutritional deficits.
  • Bone loss and altered face shape. When a tooth is lost, the jaw can atrophy over time. Eventually and especially with multiple tooth loss, the face can actually take on a sagging appearance, even with a bridge or denture.
  • Further tooth loss. This can happen for several reasons. Because maintaining oral hygiene is more difficult with gaps in your mouth, gum disease can result and eventually end up in tooth loss. Teeth can also be harmed by receiving a bridge. When a bridge is placed, the adjacent teeth have to be prepped by having some enamel removed and being reshaped to allow room for the bridge appliance. This damage can sometimes lead to tooth loss as well.

With modern technology such as dental implants and implant-anchored dentures, the long-term ramifications of tooth loss can be curbed. Implants are easy to clean and just as strong and comfortable as natural teeth. They help you keep your jaw bone nice and strong, and help you avoid losing any more teeth.

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option out there, and many of our Crown Council dentists specialize in placing and restoring dental implants. Use our Crown Council dentist finder tool to find a dental implant specialist near you. Scheduling a consultation is the first step to learning about the implant options available to you and getting on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile!


The Facts About Dental Implants


the facts about dental implantsMost would agree that dental implants have made a huge change to the dental industry. Dental implants are life-changing for patients who are missing one or more teeth.

Let’s talk about the facts about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant dentistry places a titanium rod in the gums where it bonds to the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth root. This implant is topped by a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures to replace your missing teeth.

Are dental implants better than dentures or bridges?

The simple answer to this question is that implants are much better than dentures. They are also superior when it comes to a bridge. Dentures and dental bridges don’t replace the tooth root, meaning that bone deterioration occurs over time. This can change the shape a person’s face in addition to causing other oral health problems.  In addition, dentures and bridges generally require replacements over time, whereas dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are cared for properly.

How successful is implant dentistry?

Research shows that dental implants have a success rate as high as 95 to 98 percent. Patients considering implant dentistry should be aware that good oral hygiene is the biggest factor in determining how long dental implants will last. It’s important to maintain good home care with daily brushing and flossing, and to visit the dentist regularly.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implant dentistry is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of missing teeth and type of restoration (crown, All on 4, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures). If the cost of dental implants seem high at first, it is important to remember that the benefits far outweigh those of traditional bridges or dentures. Not only do they provide patients with better function, but they require far less maintenance than traditional dentures. Your Crown Council dentist will be happy to discuss payment options with you so that you can have a long lasting smile you love.

To learn more about implant dentistry options, contact your local Crown Council dentist. He or she would be happy to answer any of your questions and assess your situation.


Enhancing Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry


enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistryA good cosmetic dentist likes nothing more than making the smiles of all his or her patients white and bright. Let’s talk about ways your cosmetic dentist can enhance your smile.

Maybe as a self-conscious teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many of patients you have sipped one too many dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine; and now your teeth are dark and dingy. Call a Crown Council cosmetic dentist today to talk about extensive treatment plans.

One of the options your Crown Council cosmetic dentist will recommend for treating discolored teeth are dental veneers, which are sometimes called porcelain laminates. The reason they will recommend veneers is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can also cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. Porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of happy veneer patients are dazzling.

Cosmetic dentists also offer teeth whitening, dental restorations, and invisible braces. Find out for yourself why people have been improving their smiles with a Crown Council Dentist.

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