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By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
November 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You have probably heard of a dental crown and may even have an understanding of what it is or looks like. However, if you are unsure dental crownsexactly what these restorations do or why you are not alone. Understanding this dental treatment, its procedure, and how a crown works are key in determining if a crown is right for your dental problems. Find out more about dental crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Michael Tisdelle in Charlottesville, VA.

Can a crown help my dental problems? 
A dental crown can probably help your tooth if it is broken, damaged, misshapen, or stained. In addition to repairing broken or damaged teeth, a crown can also hold a dental bridge in place or cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Thanks to their materials, porcelain crowns fit right into your existing smile, ensuring that your restoration fits discreetly in with your natural teeth. Crowns can also cover a large dental filling to stabilize the tooth against daily use and prevent future damage.

What can I expect from the procedure to place a crown? 
Your dentist will require two separate appointments to design, create, and place your crown. At the first appointment, your dentist prepares your tooth by removing a layer of enamel from the sides and top of the tooth. This makes room for the crown and aids in the bonding process. Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth including the prepared tooth and sends it to a dental laboratory. There, a technician creates the crown specifically for your mouth. This process takes about two weeks, after which your second appointment takes place. At this visit, your dentist fits and permanently places the crown on your tooth.

Dental Crowns in Charlottesville, VA
If you think you could benefit from a dental crown, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment plan for you. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Tisdelle in Charlottesville, VA. Call (434) 977-4101 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Tisdelle today!

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're like most people, you've probably looked around at all of the perfect smiles around you and wondered if some people have just dental procedureswon some magical dental lottery that rewards some people with perfect teeth. But the truth is that while genetics do play a role in the health and aesthetic quality of your smile, most Americans will undergo some form of cosmetic and restorative dentistry in their lifetime. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), over 90% of all adults experience some form of tooth decay, and close to half are living with some form of tooth loss. But the good news is that anyone can get a healthy and attractive smile. Dr. Michael Tisdelle, a dentist in Charlottesville, VA, offers a range of dental treatments and services to treat everything from cosmetic imperfections to periodontal (gum) disease.

Get a Smile Makeover with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Charlottesville, VA

The cornerstone of good oral health and an attractive smile is preventive dental care. The ADA recommends visiting a dentist every six months to a year for a check up and professional dental cleaning to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Practicing good oral hygiene at home and eating a healthy diet are also easy steps that you can take to improve your smile. Even if you have neglected your oral hygiene and health in the past, it's never too late to start. But even with the best of care, accidents and cosmetic damage and wear and tear can still affect your smile.

Some of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental procedures available include:

Professional teeth whitening - Significantly whitens stains and discolorations caused by diet and smoking

Porcelain veneers - Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available and can change the size, shape and color of your teeth

Dental crowns - Crowns (also known as caps) literally cover a damaged or decayed tooth to restore cosmetic appearance and function after tooth decay or a severe break or crack. Crowns can also replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge.

Root Canal Therapy - Don't let the hype fool you - root canals may get a bad rap as an excruciatingly painful and traumatic procedure, but the truth is quite different. A root canal is actually very similar to getting a filling and is used to relieve the pain caused by a severely decayed or infected tooth by clearing bacteria and damaged tissue from the pulp (soft tissue and nerves) inside the tooth.

Find a Dentist in Charlottesville, VA

You don't have to settle for an average or less than perfect smile. For more information on the dental procedure that is best for you, contact our office by calling (434) 977-4101 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tisdelle today.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown can easily turn a damaged tooth into a durable tooth once again.

While tooth enamel is actually the hardest surface in the body, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be damaged. From diseases to decay to dental crownstrauma, there are many reasons why even the strongest natural material can weaken. Fortunately, our Charlottesville, VA dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, believes that nothing is as important as preserving a natural tooth and we are able to do so time and time again with dental crowns.

There are many reasons why our Charlottesville general dentist will recommend getting a dental crown: if you have a weak tooth that needs support; if your tooth is severely discolored or malformed; if you need to support a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth; or if you need to cover a dental implant. There are many restorative and cosmetic reasons why someone might get a dental crown.

If your tooth has been so severely damaged by decay that a dental filling could not possibly support the tooth, then a dental crown may be the best restoration for reviving the health of your tooth. A tooth that has problems with its structural integrity due to decay, trauma or infection will often require a crown to cover it. A crown is designed to look just like the rest of your teeth but it will provide the coverage and protection your tooth needs to prevent further damage.

It usually takes about two visits to get a dental crown in Charlottesville, VA. During your first visit, we will examine your tooth to make sure that you are a good candidate for this restoration. Since a crown can’t fit over a tooth as it normally is, we will need to file down the tooth to reshape it and make it ready to receive a crown. If the tooth is severely fractured or damaged, we may even need to fill parts of the tooth so that it is strong enough to support the crown.

Then we will take impressions of your tooth and the surrounding area for a lab to create your custom-fitted permanent crown. Since it can take about a week for a crown to be made, we will place a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent one is ready. Once the permanent crown is made, you will come back in so that we can fit it and cement it over the tooth.

If you want to learn more about getting dental crowns in Charlottesville, VA and whether you are the ideal candidate for this restoration, give us a call today and schedule a consultation.