Posts for tag: Dental Crowns

By James Pechloff, DDS
September 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Versatile crowns offer many benefits for your smile. In fact, the restorations can be used to enhance and protect teeth. Your Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, can help you decide if crowns are a good option for you.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow restorations that fit over the tops of teeth. They're cemented to your teeth and are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and ceramic.

The first step in the crown process involves preparing your tooth to ensure that the restoration fits over it easily. Dental crowns are custom restorations made in dental laboratories from impressions of your mouth.

While you wait for the lab to complete your permanent crown, you'll wear a temporary crown for a week or two. Permanent crowns are attached with dental cement and don't move or slip when you chew and bite.

Can dental crowns help me?

Dental crowns are often used to:

  • Improve Strength: Teeth can weaken or crumble with age, or may become fragile due to large fillings, root canal therapy or cracks. Adding a crown to at-risk teeth prevents them from breaking. Every time you take a bite of food, the pressure is absorbed by your crown.
  • Restore Fractured Teeth: Fractures and breaks are unsightly, uncomfortable and interfere with your chewing ability. Crowns restore the natural shape and height of your teeth and cover the jagged edges.
  • Replace Missing Teeth: Crowns are an essential part of bridges used to replace missing teeth. If you restore your tooth with a dental implant, a crown will be attached to the top of the implant. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone and serve as the roots for your new teeth.
  • Enhance Appearance: Crowns are often used to conceal discolored teeth, change the shape of a tooth or extend its length. Your Wauwatosa dentist chooses a crown color that matches the shade of nearby teeth to ensure that your restoration blends in with your smile.

Improve your smile with dental crowns! Call our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechlof, at (414) 475-5505 to schedule your appointment.

By James Pechloff
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Conditions

Choosing the best dentist for you can be a confusing process. Should you go with a cosmetic dentist? One who focuses on restoration or implant dentistry? Do your kids need a special, pediatric dentist? A family dentist encompasses all of these things and more. Find out more about family dentistry and if you could benefit from a family dentist with Dr. James Pechloff in Wauwatosa, WI.

What is family dentistry? 
Some dentists choose to specialize in certain branches of dentistry or age groups. Family dentistry focuses on serving all of the members of your family, whether it is the baby’s first dental appointment or your grandmother who is being fitted for a denture.

Do I need a family dentist? 
A family dentist makes juggling family life easy. Rather than taking extra days off of work to drive the kids to one dentist’s office and grandma to another, you can schedule all of your family’s appointments at the same place and even on the same day, saving you extra trips, extra time off work, and the stress of organizing it all. Additionally, your family’s dental records are all kept in one place with a family dentist, allowing you easy access if necessary. Finally, a family dentist can see someone from the time they have their first appointment well into their adulthood. This means building a solid foundation for a successful dentist/patient relationship.

Some of the services your family dentist provides include:

  • Dental Bonding: Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored material using a special light, which bonds the material to the teeth to improve a patient's smile. Bonding is used to repair cracked, decayed and chipped teeth. Bonding is also used to close gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
  • Dental Crowns: A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic object that looks like a tooth and is attached to a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are used to restore chipped, badly decayed, cracked, discolored, damaged and weakened teeth. With proper care, crowns can last many years. Maintaining good dental hygiene will help your dental crown last longer.
  • Cosmetic Fillings: Fillings are used to treat decay/cavities and repair broken or cracked teeth. Cosmetic fillings are dental fillings that match the color of the rest of the teeth. Cosmetic fillings will make your teeth look like new again.

Family Dentistry in Wauwatosa, WI
Patients of all ages should see their dentist at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings. Parents should schedule their child’s first dental appointment by the time they turn three years old, or if the patient has any concerns about their child’s teeth, whichever event comes first. Patients should maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine at home to keep their teeth healthy and clean by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once.

For more information on family dentistry, please contact Dr. James Pechloff in Wauwatosa, WI. Call (414) 475-5505 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pechloff today!