Learn more about how these two restorations restore damaged and missing teeth.
Even though teeth are incredibly strong, problems can still arise over the years that can lead to cracks, fractures, or even missing teeth. If you are currently dealing with one of these issues, then chances are good that our Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, may recommend a crown or a bridge. If you are wondering how these restorations work and whether your smile could benefit from them, you’ve come to the right place!
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a hollow, customized tooth-shaped cap that is designed to fit over a tooth to become its new outer layer. A crown is placed over a weak or damaged tooth to help restore resiliency and functionality. After all, a damaged tooth is susceptible to further damage if a crown isn’t placed over it.
While crowns are typically restorative in nature, they also offer cosmetic benefits, as well. If you have a tooth that is deformed, oddly shaped, or severely discolored, you may be embarrassed by your smile, as a result. Fortunately, a dental crown can be placed over this tooth to completely transform it so that it looks like the rest of your beautiful, healthy teeth.
Am I right for a dental crown?
If you are dealing with a damaged tooth or a tooth that requires a serious cosmetic makeover, then dental crowns may be right for you. Our Naperville, IL, dentist will be able to tell you during your consultation whether or not this dental cap can improve the appearance and health of your smile.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is another custom-fitted dental prosthetic that is designed to replace one or two teeth in a row by filling the gap with a pontic, or false tooth. In order to do this, we will need to use dental crowns to support the bridge. On either side of this prosthetic are two specially crafted crowns. These crowns will be cemented into place over healthy natural teeth that sit on both sides of the gap. These crowns will also stabilize and hold the false tooth in place.
Am I right for a dental bridge?
If you are missing a single tooth or two teeth in a row but the rest of your smile is strong and healthy, then a dental bridge may be the best option for replacing your missing teeth. If you want to treat your tooth loss quickly without having to undergo surgery, this treatment may be for you!
White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, wants to provide every member of your family with the proper dental care they require. Whether you want to find out if crowns or bridges are right for you or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, call our office today at (630) 978-9005 to book your next appointment!
Are you suffering from tooth decay? Do you need your cavities filled, but want to avoid metal fillings? Well, with tooth-colored fillings, that's no problem. Here in Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Joon Sun can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.
More About Tooth-colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolored and stained teeth
- Short teeth
Tooth-colored Fillings Procedure in Naperville
In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.
Advantages of Tooth-colored Fillings
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:
- The fillings won't cause your teeth to turn a gray tint over time and are safer.
- Your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
- Composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth that may cause breakage, or cracking.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
- Flossing at least once before bed
- Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
- Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque
- Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas
For more information about tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call your dentist, Dr. Joon Sun at (630) 978-9005, her office is conveniently located in Naperville, IL, so don't hesitate to call!
Dealing with tooth loss or a fractured tooth? Crowns and bridges can help.
Do you often find yourself hiding your smile from the world around you? Well, if you are dealing with a missing tooth then you certainly might. We know how frustrating this problem can be, but did you know that there is a simple solution for filling that unsightly gap in your smile? Our Naperville, IL, family dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, offers crowns and bridges that could help you.
- Are you dealing with cracked or broken teeth?
- Are you missing a tooth?
- Are you dealing with a weakened tooth?
- Did you just get root canal treatment?
- Do you have a misshapen or discolored tooth?
If you said “yes” to any of these questions above the crowns and bridges could just end up being the best decision you could make for your smile.
What are crowns and bridges?
While crowns can be placed without needing a dental bridge, these two are related to one another since crowns are necessary for the placement of a bridge. While crowns can be used to cover a tooth that is cosmetically flawed or has cracks or fractures, a dental bridge’s primary purpose is to fill the gap where your tooth once was with a false tooth. This false tooth is custom-made to fit your smile and to look just like the rest of your teeth so no one will even know that you have a bridge.
Of course, in order for a bridge to be placed, our Naperville dentist will need to check the health and integrity of the natural teeth lying on both sides of the gap. If these teeth are strong and healthy enough then crowns will be fabricated and made to fit over these teeth. Once the crowns are cemented into place, the false tooth (or pontic) will be placed where the missing tooth once was and then cemented to the crowns on either side of it.
White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, is dedicated to giving you the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry you need to maintain a healthy smile for the long term. But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself by scheduling a consultation with us.
It's something you always wanted to do but never had the opportunity. Yes, straightening your teeth remains a life goal, and now you understand that a healthy, attractive smile is easier than ever. You could qualify for Invisalign clear aligners from your dentist in Naperville, IL, Dr. Joon Sun. Treating many orthodontic problems effectively, comfortably and discreetly, the Invisalign system from White Eagle Family Dentistry just may fulfill that long-desired goal.
Invisible and removable
Invisalign clear aligners differ from conventional braces with their metal brackets and archwires. How are they different, you ask? Well, Invisalign aligners are custom-made from crystal-clear, biocompatible acrylic. Ultra-thin, super smooth and fully removable for meals, special occasions, and oral hygiene, these orthodontic appliances move teeth into favorable positions in about a year--less than half the time traditional braces need.
The aligners come in pairs which patients wear 20 to 22 hours a day. Your dentist gives you the next pairs in the treatment sequence when you come to her Naperville office for your progress checks (about every four to six weeks). There are no complex adjustments to make, and you can eat the same healthy diet you always have with no restrictions to texture or hardness.
When your treatment is complete, you may wear a retainer to keep your smile in line. Alternatively, you may use the last aligner in the series as your retainer as Dr. Sun advises.
Can you qualify for Invisalign?
Many people do. This inventive orthodontic system treats smile alignment issues such as:
- Open bite
- Overjet (protruding front teeth)
- Tooth rotation and tooth tipping
When you come to White Eagle Family Dentistry, Dr. Sun will inspect your teeth and gums and take impressions, X-rays and a three-dimensional scan. If she determines your bite and alignment problems are treatable with Invisalign, a care plan goes to the Invisalign lab where a skilled technician makes each aligner pair. Then, your treatment begins.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners give patients an easier way to a great smile. Treatment proceeds quickly, and no one really knows you're wearing the aligners unless you tell them. Plus, your soft oral tissues will not experience any of the sore spots or abrasions so common with metal and ceramic braces. Oral hygiene is easy. Brush and floss your teeth as usual, and clean your aligners with a non-abrasive toothpaste and clear water.
Find out more
The American Association of Orthodontists says 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults, and many of these people wear Invisalign clear aligners. For your long-awaited, dream smile, look to Dr. Sun for more information. Call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today for your personal consultation: (630) 978-9005.
Are you ready to have a more beautiful and attractive smile?
Do gaps between your teeth, chips and cracks, or yellowing teeth keep you from flashing your smile? Do you feel embarrassed by your appearance because of your smile? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions don’t despair. Our Naperville, IL, cosmetic dentist Dr. Joon Sun can help turn your smile around with one of these popular cosmetic treatments:
If you are looking for a simple and non-invasive way to make small alterations to your smile then dental bonding could help you. A tooth-colored resin is matched to the shade of your tooth and then applied over minor problem areas like chips, cracks and even small gaps between teeth to improve the shape, size or alignment of your smile.
While bonding won’t be able to handle more moderate-to-severe imperfections it can be a great way to hide little problem areas without the need for drilling or local anesthesia. It can be completed in one visit and it only takes about a half hour to complete.
Tooth or Gum Contouring
Tooth contouring is another easy and inexpensive cosmetic treatment that often goes hand in hand with dental bonding. Our Naperville, IL, dentist will shave down small amounts of enamel from one or more teeth to even out a tooth or to smooth down an excessively pointy or sharp tooth.
If you hate that your smile has become dull, yellow and lifeless then you may be desperately looking for a fast and effective way to get a whiter smile. While at-home whitening kits could give you subtler changes it won’t be able to actually alter the shade of your teeth and it can take several weeks to see those changes. If you are looking for a quick, easy way to a whiter smile then it’s time to talk to us about professional in-office whitening. In just one whitening session we would get your smile several shades whiter.
Some imperfections are just too much for bonding or contouring to handle. Plus, if you have more widespread issues it’s sometimes easier to find a solution that can easily address all of these problems. This is where dental veneers come in. These thin custom-made porcelain shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the shape, size, color and alignment of your smile in just two visits. It can hide everything from chips and cracks to severe discolorations to small gaps between teeth.
If you think your smile could benefit from a cosmetic makeover then it’s time to call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today to schedule an initial consultation with us. A beautiful smile could be yours; cosmetic dentistry can help.
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