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.
Did you know that each of your teeth has interior pulp? It's true. Under the outer enamel and second hard layer called dentin lies a soft material containing nerves, blood supply and connective tissue. Due to deep decay or trauma, this pulp may become infected. That's where root canal therapy from your Naperville dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, comes in. At White Eagle Family Dentistry, Dr. Sun saves and restores teeth compromised by oral injury and/or infection with this safe and comfortable restorative treatment. Do you need a root canal?
What root canal therapy involves
Instead of extracting a tooth, your Naperville dentist may be able to extract the diseased portion, seal the tooth and crown it. That's the gist of root canal therapy.
Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal treatment takes just two appointments of one hour each. Performed with locally injected anesthetic, the process removes the diseased pulp with a series of tiny files, adds a rubbery sealant called gutta-percha to each of the interior root canals, and fits the tooth with a realistic porcelain crown.
While many people think root canal therapy is agonizing, in reality, it does not hurt, and recovery is quick. As a matter of fact, endodontic therapy relieves the many difficult symptoms associated with a dental abscess or fracture.
When you need a root canal
Most people know something is wrong. See your Naperville dentist immediately if you have:
- A serious tooth fracture
- Deep discoloration of tooth enamel
- Dental sensitivity to hot or cold foods
- A sharp pain when you bite or chew
- Jaw swelling
- Gum redness or puffiness
- Persistent bad breath not relieved with mouth rinses or brushing your teeth
- Bad-tasting drainage
- Throbbing toothache pain
Dr. Sun will X-ray and inspect your tooth to confirm if a root canal treatment is advisable. If it is, rest assured your tooth will be protected, strengthened and preserved for many additional years of service.
The American Association of Endodontists states that people who undergo root canal therapy describe it as comfortable and much easier than any extraction procedures they may have had. Also, saving a natural tooth avoids smile gaps, replacement procedures and the gum and bone recession which happens after getting a tooth pulled.
At White Eagle Family Dentistry, you're assured of the finest endodontic therapy in Naperville. If you're concerned about a tooth, don't delay. Call Dr. Sun's friendly office team for an appointment: (630) 978-9005.
Dental crowns renew the strength and structure of failing teeth. If you have a tooth with a large crack or multiple fillings, or you think you have a deep cavity or even an infection, talk to your Naperville general dentist, Dr. Joon Sun. Her years of experience in all phases of restorative, preventive and cosmetic dentistry will benefit that worrisome tooth and get it solidly functional and attractive again.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped cover that beautifies and strengthens a tooth injured by oral trauma, decay, infection or congenital malformation. Dental crowns also support artificial teeth in a conventional bridge, and dentists use them to restore dental implants, the most popular and durable tooth replacement option.
A tried and true restoration, the porcelain crown was first developed and placed back in 1903, says the American Dental Association. Since then, research and millions of placements have perfected the art and science of dental crowns.
Beautiful and realistic dental grade porcelain is the most popular crown material. However, dentists also use porcelain fused to metal combinations to craft crowns. If you need a crown, Dr. Sun will help you decide what material will prove best for the location of your tooth and for your family budget, too.
The treatment process
To evaluate your tooth for a crown, your Naperville general dentist will visually inspect the tooth and the gum tissue. She'll also use digital X-ray imaging to examine the tooth below the gum line and to look at your jaw bone.
With a decision made to go ahead with the restoration, Dr. Sun will inject the area around the tooth to numb it and then proceed to remove the decayed and damaged enamel. If warranted, she'll perform root canal therapy to remove infected interior pulp. However, most crown procedures do not require this treatment.
After removing the damaged portions, Dr. Sun will shape the tooth so the crown fits snugly. Oral impressions show the dental lab how to custom-fabricate the restoration. Typically, the dentist places a temporary crown to protect the shaped tooth while the lab makes the permanent crown.
When you return to White Eagle Family Dentistry, Dr. Sun will remove the temporary crown and permanently bond the new one in place, making minor adjustments to achieve perfect fit and bite. With twice daily brushing and flossing at home and six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Sun, your crown should last for a decade or even more. To improve longevity, wear a mouth guard to cushion your teeth if you habitually clench or grind them.
Find out more
Your tooth can be stronger, more beautiful and last for years with a dental crown from your general dentist, Dr. Sun. Call her Naperville office today for a consultation, and get your questions answered. Phone (630) 978-9005.
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