Posts for tag: Crowns

By James Pechloff, DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown DiagramAlso known as caps, dental crowns cover teeth that have been damaged by trauma, tooth decay, or significant cosmetic damage like stains and discolorations. They can also replace missing teeth with bridgework. Crowns are one of the most common and versatile dental restorations available, and are designed to look, feel and function just like a natural tooth. Dr. James Pechloff, a family dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, offers cosmetic and general dentistry services for the whole family.

Improve Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Crowns in Wauwatosa, WI

Crowns are a good option for restoring a large portion of lost tooth surface, such as with breaks or fractures, or in cases of extensive tooth decay where the cavity is too large to be filled with a standard dental filling. For missing teeth, the replacement crown is connected to a bridge, which consists of two abutment crowns on either side to secure the bridge in place.

Most crowns can be completed in two visits to the dentist's office. First, the dentist prepares the tooth and will take an impression of the tooth to send to the lab for construction of the crown. Temporary crowns are available to wear while you wait for your permanent crown.

Modern dental crowns look and feel just like a natural tooth, and with good oral hygiene and follow up dental exams and professional cleanings every six months, the average crown can last from five to ten years, but often much longer. If you have a weak, broken, or severely decayed tooth, a crown may be the perfect option to improve your smile.

Find a Family Dentist in Wauwatosa, WI

Dental crowns can transform your smile in just a few short visits to the dentist. For more information, contact our office by calling (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pechloff today.

By James Pechloff, DDS
October 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   celebrity smiles  

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 James Pechloff, DDS
February 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and bridges not only improve your smile, but are essential if a tooth is damaged or lost. Your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, James Pechloff, DDS, explains why these dental appliances are a good option for a variety of problems.Bridges

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns completely cover an existing tooth and help stabilize it or improve its appearance. They're often made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Bridges are made of the same materials, but are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns connected to an artificial tooth, called a pontic, which is located between the crowns. The crowns fit over the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, and the pontic replaces a missing tooth.

How can I benefit from a bridge or crown?

If you don't replace a missing tooth or teeth, you may have difficulty chewing, biting or speaking clearly. Eventually, your other teeth may begin to lean toward the gap, causing cosmetic and bite issues. A bridge replaces your missing tooth and helps you avoid these problems.

Crowns are very versatile and can be used to treat a variety of dental concerns. They can be cosmetically used to improve your smile if one of your teeth is discolored, a little too short or shaped oddly. Dentists most often use them to stabilize teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken. Crowns are often recommended to support teeth if you've had a very large filling or a root canal treatment.

Will anyone be able to tell that I have a crown or bridge?

Your Wauwatosa dentist makes a mold of your teeth, which a dental laboratory uses to create a crown or bridge that will fit your mouth perfectly. Because your new appliance is custom-made just for you, it will look just like your natural teeth. In fact, you may even forget that you're wearing a crown or bridge.

Think a crown or bridge is an excellent solution to your dental problems? Call Dr. James Pechloff, your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, at (414) 475-5505 and schedule an appointment today.