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By Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns Replace Broken TeethA number of things can damage teeth--decay, a blow to the mouth, teeth clenching, and more. Do difficult circumstances always spell extraction? At Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates, your Sarasota, FL, dentist places beautiful porcelain crowns over weakened teeth, preserving their function and improving their appearance for years to come.

Crowns shore up damaged teeth

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap crafted from high-quality porcelain. Recreating a natural tooth's strength, size, and shape. A crown protects a tooth compromised by:

  • Large and multiple fillings
  • Abscess
  • Fracture or chips
  • Undersized shape or strange configuration, such as a peg-shaped lateral incisor
  • Deep discoloration from tobacco usage or some pharmaceuticals such as tetracycline

To determine if a crown would help your tooth, your Sarasota, FL, dentist will examine it carefully and X-ray it to look at its roots and supporting bone. If appropriate, Dr. Bates will proceed with the crown treatment, removing the damaged portions, and taking oral impressions to help the dental lab craft the crown from a solid block of porcelain.

What crowns do

Crowns mimic a tooth's natural shape, color, and sheen. Truly, they are works of art. The American Dental Association says a crown will strengthen your tooth almost indefinitely if you care for it with good at-home and in-office hygiene.

In addition, Dr. Bates use crowns to cover dental implants, tooth replacements comprised of a titanium screw, metal post, and customized crown above the gum line. Crowns are the final touch in root canal treatments, which remove inflamed interior pulp and seal infected or cracked teeth. Finally, dental crowns attach single- or multi-tooth bridgework to adjacent natural teeth.

In summary, crowns support, protect, reshape, and beautify teeth, which otherwise would fail and require removal. In a large sense, crowns spare natural tooth structure and save patients a lot of money because tooth replacement with dental implants or other prosthetics can be very expensive.

A great idea

That's what dental crowns are. So, if your Sarasota, FL, dentist recommends one for a tooth, which is in trouble or needs reinforcement, go ahead with this simple, painless procedure. You'll be glad you did. Contact Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates at (941) 966-4751 to schedule a consultation on dental crowns with Dr. Bates!

By Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates
July 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you in need of a dental implant?dental implants

Dental implants are a restorative procedure that beautifies your smile and restrengthens your jawbone. Your dentist in Osprey, FL, Dr. Sean Bates, is here to help and advise you!

What's a dental implant?

If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration.

The dental implant procedure consists of the following; a local anesthetic is applied to the necessary area. Your dentist then places a titanium post (a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue) into the jawbone.

The doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course (the titanium post that acts as the new tooth root fuses with the rest of the bone). When you return, your Osprey dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • Implants have a high success rate compared to other dental restorations.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Sean Bates can help you out. Call his office, located in Osprey, FL, at (941) 966-4751 to make an appoint today!

By Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates
April 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a damaged tooth, a dental crown can save your natural tooth, allowing it to remain in its rightful place and preventing future dental crownsdamage. Can a dental crown help your damaged tooth? With help from your dentist, you can find out how you can restore your smile. Learn more about crowns with Dr. Sean Bates in Osprey, FL.

What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a prosthetic dental restoration which fits over a tooth, encompassing it above the gumline to protect and stabilize it against damage from everyday use in the future. A crown helps a tooth which has been damaged by decay, trauma or injury. However, it can also help provide a sturdy biting surface to a tooth with a large filling, restore the biting surface of a worn tooth, or even hold a dental bridge in place. Crowns are made from porcelain, which is customized to your mouth and the color of the surrounding teeth to ensure a natural look.

Am I a candidate for a dental crown?
Dental crowns can benefit patients in a variety of situations. However, a good candidate for crowns should be free from teeth decay and gum disease prior to receiving their crown. This means your dentist may need to perform procedures like a periodontal cleaning or filling before your crown appointment. Additionally, candidates should have a strong at-home oral care routine to maintain the health of their crown.

Dental Crowns in Osprey, FL
Dental crowns can give your damaged tooth a second life and help keep it in your mouth where it belongs. Restoring your tooth with a dental crown usually takes two separate dental appointments. In between appointments, a dental laboratory uses a mold of your mouth taken by your dentist to design the crown especially for your mouth. This customization process takes about two weeks.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Sean Bates and his staff in Osprey, FL. Call (941) 966-4751 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Bates today!