Category Archives: Crown & Bridge

Avoid Losing Teeth By Decisions You Make Now

Imagine standing on the side of the road, stranded beside a car that has stopped running. For most of us, there is a sense of dread for this type of situation since we know the time, expense and frustration that comes with correcting the problems involved.

Now, imagine learning that the car is stranded because you failed to add necessary fluids, fell behind on oil changes and ignored warning lights.

As a dentist, I see a fair number of patients who have lost teeth. While some have lost them due to an accident or injury, most have lost them because of inadequate oral hygiene, failing to have regular dental care, and poor health choices (such as smoking).

For those who have lost teeth due to these choices, any one of them will tell you if they could go back in time, they would have taken better care of their teeth.

A tooth lost must be replaced or else neighboring teeth will shift. This shifting can cause chipped, broken or worn teeth. As the fit of upper to lower teeth moves out of its proper position, it can lead to headaches, migraines, night-time grinding and clenching, dizziness, ear ringing and sore jaw joints.

With poor oral hygiene and lack of regular dental check-ups, continued tooth loss is almost assured. As each tooth is lost, the one adjacent to it is at the highest risk to be the next you’ll lose. It’s a vicious cycle.

Teeth are easy to take for granted, They are hard and strong, giving the appearance of being ‘rock solid.’ They can weather an enormous amount of force. Yet, teeth are a natural part of our overall makeup. and do have vulnerabilities. This is why cavities and breaks can occur.

The main reason we recommend crowns for teeth at risk is to save the tooth. While the portion of a tooth you can see is important, it’s the portion beneath the gum line that we are even more concerned about.

Tooth roots nurture and ‘feed’ not only the tooth, but the jaw bone that supports them. Without these roots in place, the bones begins to atrophy. In dentistry, this is known as resorption. Simply put, it’s a melting away of jaw bone where tooth roots were once held.

As the bone shrinks, a number of things begin to occur. The tooth roots adjacent to the area of resorption are more vulnerable. The tooth above or below elongates, creating risk for damage mentioned prior (chips, breaks, etc.).

Facial changes can be seen as the bone thins further. For example, when the mouth appears collapsed into the face and the chin points, this is referred to as a ‘granny look.’ This occurs due to severe resorption of someone who has lost all of their teeth.

Earlier facial changes can also be seen when someone is missing natural teeth. Deep wrinkles form around the mouth, the corners of the mouth turn downward even in a smile, jowls form from the detachment of facial muscles, and the nose moves closer to the chin.

As unfortunate as these changes in appearance are, trying to eat properly when the jaw bone has declined is worse. People who wear dentures or partials often struggle when chewing or biting when their denture lacks a high foundation on which to balance.

When the bone shrinks, the ‘arch’ where tooth roots were once held begins to flatten. This is a slow but continual process that gives a denture an ever-decreasing surface. After a while, even denture adhesives or pastes are of little help.

To replace missing teeth, we often recommend dental implants. Implants recreate stimulation to the jaw bone, halting the rate of bone loss. Because they are supported by the jaw, implants restore the same, dependable foundation your natural teeth once had.

Another advantage of dental implants is their ability to ‘stand alone.’ Since implants are held by the jaw bone, they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, as with crown-&-bridge combinations. This means you won’t need to have otherwise natural, healthy teeth crowned for the mere purpose of supporting a bridge.

To correct a common misconception, an implant is NOT always needed for each missing tooth. In many cases, one implant can support a bridge of two or more teeth. When a full arch of teeth is needed, several strategically-placed implants can provide adequate support.

All-On-4 Dental Implant System is one example of several implants supporting a full arch of teeth.

If you’ve lost teeth, the best way to halt the process is to replace those you’ve lost (and the sooner, the better). Then, be ultra-committed to your oral health. Brush twice a day and floss daily. Drink plenty of water and limit snacking and your intake of sugar and carbs. If you have teeth at-risk, have them crowned or other necessary repairs.

In our office, we respect all patients. We pride ourselves on being a ‘lecture-free zone’ and are here to support each individual, regardless of what brought them here. For those who have lost natural teeth, our goal is to restore them to a healthy, confident smile they’ll feel good about.

Begin with a free consultation to discuss your oral health needs and the smile you’d like to have – and share, often! Call 586-739-2155 and ask to meet with me personally. I look forward to meeting you!

 

NEURO-MUSCULAR DENTISTRY MADE SIMPLE

Do you suffer with frequent headaches or migraines? Frequent headaches affect nearly 50 million Americans. And while many sufferers search for a solution, many fail to connect the dots between these headaches and their dental anatomy.

Amazingly, the position of how our upper and lower teeth meet is a typical cause for headaches, jaw pain, sore muscles, neck and back pain, limited range of motion of the neck, poor posture, stuffy and ringing ears, grinding and breaking teeth, dizziness, fatigue and more. All of these symptoms can be due to one’s bite being off, perhaps by only a millimeter (1/25th of an inch).

Your dental make-up is an intricate composition of muscles, joints and teeth and plays a major role in your overall comfort and health. Because humans are incredibly adaptable, the body’s muscles, bones and joints can function although these are not in ideal alignment. This is as true with the bite as with other parts of the body, such as when one leg is shorter than the other. However, there are times when the body cannot adapt, which is just as true with dental problems.

Neuromuscular Dentistry is a modern advancement based on the understanding that the temporo-mandibular joints (TMJ) need to be in a comfortable resting position for the ultimate comfort of the joints, muscles, bones and teeth. When this occurs, all structures work together harmoniously.

The levelness of the teeth is just as critical.  The forces of the bite must be distributed down the length of the body. If the bite is tilted, then the forces are misdirected. This can cause as much of a problem for a patient as if the hips are not level.

When dentists are trained in Neuromuscular Dentistry, they have a unique understanding of its impact and how to incorporate it into restorative and esthetic treatment in order to help patients avoid future problems or correct those they may have been dealing with for years.

In my office, we have successfully treated patients for symptoms not normally associated with what people consider a dental problem can occur. Some examples are:

  • One patient was unable to close his eyes without falling for 27 years. This was resolved immediately when his bite was properly aligned.
  • Another patient who couldn’t turn his head to the left due to neck pain regained full range of motion once his bite was restored properly.
  • A patient who required massive amounts of pain pills for neck and back pain and headaches stopped taking them once his bite was restored.

As mentioned earlier, humans adjust to flaws. Yet, having flaws for years confuses the body’s perception of comfort over time. Unexplained pain is often attributed to other aspects of the patient’s life, such as stress, hormones or posture. Some are told it’s all in their head. They are given drugs or sent for therapy to deal with these problems, having no awareness that the source may be dental.

Today, advancements in computer technology enable dentists trained in Neuromuscular Dentistry to capture information for more effective treatment. It also gives visual ‘proof’ of treatment requirements so patients accept the authenticity of the diagnosis.

Neuromuscular Dentistry is such an important part of all implant, restorative (crown-&-bridge, partials, etc.) an cosmetic procedures in our office, so much so that we have invested in advanced technology. This allows us to measure the electrical activity of the muscles and determine the ideal resting position of the mandible (lower jaw). Throughout treatment, patients can monitor their progress by comparing before-&-after data.

Many people do not realize that bite misalignment is often due to more than crooked teeth. We’ve seen patients who’ve experience years of migraines, simply because of one crown being too high. The delicate balance in the mouth when it comes to the muscles, joints, bones and teeth working together is amazing.

If you have frequent headaches, migraines, jaw soreness, ear ringing, dizziness, tingling fingers, pain in the neck or shoulders, jaw popping or difficulty opening the mouth fully, bite misalignment is likely the culprit. These problems will only worsen without treatment.

To discuss your options and the diagnostic process, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to request a no-charge, no-obligation consultation. I’ll gladly answer your questions so you can determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

 

How To Enjoy Your Dental Implants For A Lifetime

What holds one of the highest success rate of all in-bone implant types? It may surprise you that Dental Implants have a nearly 97% success rate, surpassing knees, hips and other implant-in-bone procedures.

Over the years, the design and placement of Dental Implants have been fine-tuned, so much so that they’ve grown to be one of the most sought-out forms of tooth replacement.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), more than 35 million Americans are missing all their upper or lower (or both) teeth. While 15 million have chosen crown-&-bridge combinations for replacing missing teeth were appropriate, 3 million have opted for Dental Implants and this number is growing by 500,000 a year. (http://www.aaid.com/about/press_room/dental_implants_faq.html)

 

In addition to its high success rate, the growing popularity of Dental Implants is due to their longevity. Made from titanium, a biologically-compatible metal originally created by NASA, Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime.

Although the initial costs for Dental Implants are higher than dentures, partials, and crown-&-bridge, the investment is a wise one – a ‘one-and-done’ solution for missing teeth. Once placed, Dental Implants do not experience decay, need root canals, break or cause problems for neighboring teeth.

However, like any procedure that involves an implant in human bone, there is an element of risk.  Although it’s not a frequent occurrence, having an implant removed due to infection or malfunction is a loss for the patient in several ways.

When an implant requires removal, the investment by the patient is lost. To replace a failed implant, they must endure additional procedures, expenses and time.

While implant removal is not a common occurrence, the reasons for it lie largely in the hands of the patient. Surprised? Let’s look at some of the reasons for implant failure so you can minimize this risk:

First, one of the most important factors in any successful medical or dental procedure begins with the doctor you select. Your implant doctor should never be selected based on the lowest fee but chosen based upon his or her training and experience. Proper diagnosis means the implant system the doctor chooses is best for your specific needs .

You doctor should also have advanced skills in the placement of implants. Successful placement involves assessing for adequate bone mass to support an implant without interfering with adjacent structures.

While the doctor involved in your treatment is important, much of the risk falls into the patient’s hands after the placement process. The patient’s role in a successful implant begins once the implants are placed.

To begin, closely follow your post-placement instructions. For a few days after implant placement, we recommend you eat only cool, soft foods. This helps to minimize swelling and bleeding so gum tissue incision sites heal faster. Faster healing means reduced risk for infection.

Another risk factor to implant success – smoking. The chemicals in cigarette smoke are very drying to gum tissues, causing the healing process to take longer. For smokers, this creates a higher risk for implant failure. The longer it takes gum tissues to heal, the greater the risk for infection.

If you grind or clench your teeth during sleep, Dental Implants can become overburdened by the force. Clenching and grinding are typical symptoms of bite misalignment. Some clenching is so intense the force is likened to that used to crack a walnut. Clenching or grinding can also lead to worn, chipped or broken teeth. If you suspect you grind or clench, mention this prior to treatment so measures can be taken to resolve the problem.

Most important to implant success, however, is the patient’s commitment to good oral health. Although Dental Implants do not experience decay, the gum tissues and bone structures that support the implants are as susceptible to oral bacteria as before. When the infectious bacteria of gum disease reach implant sites, treating the infection may require removing the implant.

Along with a commitment to a thorough oral hygiene regimen at home, your exams and cleanings will likely be scheduled for every 3-4 months. During these visits, your hygienist will remove accumulated oral bacteria and assess the condition of your gums. These visits are proactive measures to help you avoid problems or catch any that occur at their earliest stages.

Dental Implants are a wonderful investment. Patients who opt for implants to replace missing teeth are able to eat healthy foods and enjoy social outings without worry. With proper selection, placement and care, your implants will provide you with a lifetime of benefits.

Our goal, for every patient, is to help each enjoy a confident smile for every stage of their life! If you’ve considered Dental Implants, let’s discuss the types that may be best for you. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free, no-obligation consultation.

The Endless Value Of Dental Implants

We all like to be smart shoppers. And, we’re all aware that, in most cases, “you get what you pay for.” That’s as true in the dental office as it is in the appliance store.

There is a misconception that Dental Implants are expensive. Quite frankly, once the patient understands the long term benefits, they are seen as one of the best investments one can make. When truly understanding the benefits, the obstacle of cost (which is often the only obstacle) becomes less of a concern.

Implants may seem expensive because all treatment fees occur at once. The costs for the implants, placement and the restorations (attached teeth) are paid for as one fee. The true value of Dental Implants, and the actual savings they provide, occurs in the form of the many expenses Dental Implants help you avoid.

With proper care, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime. That, in itself, is a tremendous value. Additionally, they restore the ability to eat comfortably and laugh with confidence. This enhances your physical and emotional health.

Dental implants never decay, need root canals or compromise neighboring teeth or the bone structures that support teeth. Dental Implants are also beneficial for the jaw bones that support them.

Because Dental Implants are positioned in the jaw, they recreate the presence of tooth roots, which provides stimulation the jaw bones. This was one of the roles of natural tooth roots. When tooth roots are removed, a process known as resorption begins. This is a gradual but continual shrinking of bone mass.

Bone loss occurs when tooth roots are removed from jaw.
Bone loss occurs when tooth roots are removed from jaw.

For long-time denture wearers, this bone loss can be seen in their facial appearance, which creates an appearance that is far older than one’s actual age. Bone loss causes the mouth to turn downward (even in a smile) and deep wrinkles around the mouth. As facial muscles detach, jowls form. As bone loss progresses, the chin points and the nose moves closer to the chin. This creates what is referred to as a ‘granny look.’

For denture wearers, a new denture is designed to fit snugly. However, resorption is the reason that dentures eventually begin to move. This is because, as the bone mass declines, the ridge that holds the denture flattens out. This leaves the denture with an ever-shrinking foundation on which to balance. Eventually, adhesives and pastes do little and even relines are of only temporary help.

The treatment fees for Dental Implants are largely based on the number of implants placed. However, an implant is not always needed for each missing tooth. For those who are missing several teeth or even a full arch (all upper or lower), several strategically-placed implants can often provide sufficient support .

For example, when several teeth are missing in one area, one implant can often support a bridge of two or more teeth. An added bonus of using an implant to support a bridge is its ability to protect the integrity of neighboring teeth. With dental implants, it is not necessary to crown otherwise healthy teeth for the mere purpose of supporting a bridge.

While a traditional crown-&-bridge combination relies on adjacent teeth as support, an implant is supported by your jaw bone, providing the same dependable foundation as your natural teeth once had. You’ll be able to bite and chew without worries.

For those who are missing all upper or lower teeth, as few as 4 to 6 implants may be sufficient to support a full arch of teeth. With strategic placements and appropriate selection of implant systems, the force of biting and chewing can be distributed evenly. This is also possible for patients who have experienced a great deal of bone loss. Some implant systems are able to support non-removable teeth that are secured to several implants in a minimal amount of bone.

We believe that every patient CAN achieve the smile that makes them happy decades after their investment has been made. If the obstacle to achieving a confident smile is because of implant fees, start with a free, no obligation consultation. I’ll explain the options that may work best for you. If desired, we can also have you meet with our Financial Coordinator to discuss easy payment options. Most are interest-free with no down payment and break your costs down into affordable monthly payments.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a no-cost, no obligation consultation..

Not All Crowns Are Created Equal (And Why Prices Vary)

Many of us are familiar with the phrase “a rose is a rose.” While the scent of a rose would be pleasant regardless of its name, this reminds us that comparisons aren’t always “apples to apples.” Roses can vary a great deal, just as crowns, bridges and other dental restorations.

As a dentist, I regularly see new patients who have aging crowns or bridges. Some of these restorations are breaking down rather soon, typically due to inferior quality or being placed improperly. For those who assume all crowns are the same, like roses, this is far from the case.

To begin, most crowns are made by a dental lab selected by the dentist and to specifications of that dentist. In order to trim expenses, the cheaper labs typically create results of lesser quality. Typically, the appearance won’t have the natural appearance that blends seamlessly with other teeth. And, the feel won’t provide the smooth finish that feels like a tooth surface. It will look and feel like a ‘fake tooth.’

Patient of Dr. Ban Barbat - Crowns That Look Natural, Of Exceptional Quality
Patient of Dr. Ban Barbat – Crowns That Look Natural, Of Exceptional Quality

In addition to a compromise in the look and feel of a crown, longevity is another area where cost cuts mean sacrifices in quality. The life of a crown is dependent on its materials (along with proper shaping and placement). Obviously, a crown made of lower grade materials won’t hold up as well over time.

Proper placement also has a tremendous effect on the life of a crown. When a tooth is prepared for a crown, the shape, shade and size of the crown is provided to the dental lab. There is no margin for error. The slightest misstep in height or shape can create conflict for the teeth above or below.

For example, a crown that is just a fraction of a millimeter too tall or short will hit incorrectly on the tooth that meets it in a bite. As a neuro-muscular dentist, I know how significant this can be on a patient’s overall oral structures. This minute disparity can result in bite misalignment that leads to headaches, migraines, sore jaw joints, ear ringing, dizziness, facial pain or pain in neck and shoulder muscles.

The same principles apply to a bridge. Bridges that look good, fit correctly, and last an exceptionally long time are worth “doing right the first time.” When a bridge is selected based on the lowest price, like anything, the repercussions of cutting corners will show up eventually.

Rather than think of a crown in terms of its cost, consider what it will provide to you for a fair price. Will it look as natural as your surrounding teeth? Will it feel like a tooth? Will it last for a long time because it was made of quality materials? Will it be placed so you avoid problems from bite misalignment in the future?

When it comes to what is spent on a smile, we all want to feel we have made a good investment. We believe our patients deserve the highest quality in crowns, bridges or veneers for a reasonable cost. Too, we want you to feel pleased with your investment long after it is made.

Let’s sit down together to discuss how you can achieve a healthy, confident smile and enjoy exceptional results in an affordable treatment plan. Call 586-739-2155 to schedule a cost-free, no-obligation consultation. We can also discuss easy payment options, some with no down payment and interest-free.

Beautiful Smiles Have Natural Appearance

I remember a dear female relative whom I’ll refer to as Bess. Bess was rather meticulous about her appearance. Her attire was always color-coordinated and she wore matching jewelry with every outfit. She was one of those ladies who always had “every hair in place.” Yet, the thing that always stood out the most – to everyone – was her drawn-on eyebrows.

Although from a good distance away, I imagine that her eyebrows looked, for the most part, like eyebrows. Yet, the closer you got, the more obvious it became that Bess’ eyebrows were ‘fakes.’ Unfortunately, this seemed to be the feature that stood out the most and in a not-so-flattering way.

When any of our facial features fails to look natural, it also fails to complement our overall facial appearance. And, it tends to be the feature that gets noticed most. Since your smile is one of your most prominent facial features, it makes sense that something unnatural in appearance would stand out a great deal.

When a dentist applies modern techniques, materials and technology to smile enhancements, the word “natural” should describe the look, feel and function. This is accomplished through advanced training that help to correctly size, shade and shape your restorations (such as porcelain veneers, crowns, and crown-&-bridge combinations) so that they truly complement your facial features. For example, by slightly elongating teeth, we can make a wide face appear more slender.

Over the years, though, I’ve seen a number of ‘cosmetics gone wrong’ cases, such as in the repair of a gap between front teeth. I’ve seen where dentists widened the two teeth to meet, only to create a ‘bunny look’ for the patient. Yes, this probably gave the patient a lower treatment fee but simply replaced the the gap with an unbalanced smile that stood out in a different way, not an improved way.

Using the proper materials are important as well. I typically recommend porcelain restorations. Like natural teeth, these reflect light naturally and have a luminosity like that of real teeth. Too, the gum tissue that arches each tooth should also be at the same level as neighboring teeth. This gives an even smile line of teeth framed by balanced curves.

Actual Patient of Dr. Ban Barbat
Actual Patient of Dr. Ban Barbat

Just as important is the placement and alignment of the teeth. As a neuro-muscular dentist, I see patients who have endured years of headaches, migraines, dizziness, ear ringing, sore jaw joints and night-time clenching and/or grinding. Many have worn, chipped, or fractured teeth.

My advanced training and diagnostic technology allows me to hone in on what is contributing to an imbalance in bite alignment. Amazingly, just one or two improperly placed or designed crowns can lead to years of suffering.

There is always a cheaper way to do something. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, however, a ‘good deal’ typically means short-cuts and compromises that DO show. In our office, we are dedicated to creating smiles that give the most natural and flattering look combined with proper function and exceptional longevity. Our goal is to have people compliment you on your smile because it is beautiful and looks like you were lucky enough to be born with it!

For a private, no cost consultation appointment, call 1-866-9-Smiles. During this time, I’ll make recommendations that can help you enjoy a smile that will bring out your personality in an attractive way. We can also have our financial coordinator meet with you to explain payment options, if you like.

 

Jaw Bone Can Shrink Without Tooth Roots. Dental Implants To The Rescue!

For those who wear dentures or partials, the portion that can be seen – the replacement teeth – may look fine. However, it’s what is occurring beneath the gums that becomes the source of most problems for denture and partial wearers.

When a natural tooth root is missing from the upper or lower jaw bone, a process known as ‘resorption’ begins. This term describes the shrinking or declining mass of jaw bone – the area you don’t see.

The process of resorption begins when the bone is no Bone Loss From Dentureslonger being stimulated by a tooth root. As it dwindles in height and width, neighboring teeth become vulnerable to the effects of bone loss as well.

For example, when adjacent teeth border an area where shrinking bone is underway, it creates a higher risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth breaks or fractures.

The pressure of wearing a denture or partial denture actually speeds up the rate of bone loss. For those who sleep in these appliances, the constant rate of pressure accelerates bone loss even more.

Bone loss can occur under a crown-&-bridge combination as well. Since a bridge does not provide stimulation to the jaw bone, the bone loss will eventually result in a gap that can be visible under the base of the bridge.

Bone loss also causes facial changes that can be aging to appearance. These include deep wrinkling around the mouth, corners of the mouth turning downward (even in a smile), a mouth that looks collapsed into the face, pointed chin and jowls that form as facial muscles detach.

Yet, for most, the greatest challenge of wearing dentures and partials can be difficulty and discomfort while eating. As the gum-covered ‘arch’ declines in height, the foundation the denture or partial was designed to contour is ever-changing. As it flattens, the appliance is more apt to move, especially while chewing.

When a denture moves, it tends to rub tender gum tissues. Sore spots are difficult and slow to heal. And, when small seeds or nut particles are tapped between the appliance and gums, it can cause a piercing, painful sensation.

This discomfort and frustration often prompts people to adjust their diets. The chewy, crunchy foods they once enjoyed tend to be bypassed for those that dissolve quickly with minimal chewing required. Unfortunately, these are typically lacking in the fiber, vitamins and protein necessary for a healthy diet.

Bone loss can be halted by the placement of Dental Implants. Just as the natural teeth you once had, they are held by the jaw. Not only does this recreate the stimulation of tooth roots to the jaw bone, it restores biting strength and stability without embarrassing slips.

Dental Implants are also self-supporting. With the jaw bone as their foundation, Dental Implants do not rely on crowned, neighboring teeth to support a single tooth, bridge of two or more teeth or full arch of replacement teeth.

Dental Implants are also an excellent investment. With proper selection, placement and care, they should last your lifetime. That value will ‘give back’ everyday! You’ll chew the foods you love without discomfort or worry, smile and laugh confidently, and brush your teeth in your mouth again!

When you keep your natural teeth healthy, this means your tooth roots stay where they belong! With Dental Implants, however, losing a natural tooth doesn’t mean you need to suffer the long-term repercussions of bone loss.

Ask about Dental Implants to restore a natural look and feel while you protect surrounding teeth and bone structure. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to begin with a no-cost, no obligation consultation.

With Price, Quality Of Crowns Can Vary

A friend’s son enjoyed a trip to Mexico over the Christmas holiday with several fraternity brothers. While there, he purchased a Rolex watch for an amazingly low price. Not surprisingly, after several months, the watch began to run slow and finally stopped. It’s the classic tale of “You get what you pay for.”crumpdollar

As a dentist, I know this is also true when it comes to crowns, bridges and other dental restorations. When a new patient is examined, it’s easy to spot crowns or bridges placed prior that are, in every sense of the word, cheap. Not only are they of inferior quality, a great many fail to support proper bite alignment.

Not all crowns are alike. Like vehicles, homes, appliances, clothes and jewelry, inferior materials and poor workmanship will eventually show up. And, when these problems arise, the repairs can never be described as ‘cheap.’ And, in a number of cases, the patient is unaware the problem occurred as a result of dental corner-cutting.

Most patients are not aware that a crown can be created by various dental labs who use different materials. In order for the labs to be able to charge cheaper prices, they are producing a lesser quality. This can show up in the appearance that doesn’t look quite as natural. The crown may not blend as well with other teeth. It may even stand out, looking like a “fake” tooth. The feel may also lack the smooth surface that is like that of natural teeth.

As a neuro-muscular dentist, I am specially trained to evaluate and create proper bite alignment for our patients in whatever procedure they have. Too often, I’ve seen cheap crowns that were placed incorrectly. Hence, the entire alignment of a bite was compromised. What does this mean?

When upper and lower teeth do not meet properly, neighboring teeth are at higher risk for chips, breaks, fractures and cracks. This can be costly. A tooth that breaks must be crowned. If it breaks below the gum line, it must be removed.

Misalignment can also lead to clenching and grinding during sleep. This can cause worn teeth that are vulnerable to breaks and decay.

Another symptom of bite misalignment (and not often associated with teeth) is migraines and headaches. Facial muscles and jaw joints can become strained when a bite is not in proper alignment. In addition to migraines and frequent headaches, this can lead to sore jaw joints, difficulty opening the mouth, ear ringing and dizziness.

The longevity of your investment is another compromise when cheap crowns are placed. A crown that is well-made from exceptional materials will provide you with excellent value and many years of smiling satisfaction. A cheap crown may provide a life of about half that amount of time.

These same principles apply to a bridge. A bridge that looks and feels natural, fits properly, and lasts an exceptionally long time is worth doing right the first time. Choosing a bridge because it was the lowest price will be a disappointing investment sooner or later. Usually sooner.

While we all want to spend wisely, seeking bargain basement rates for a cheap crown can end up being a costly move. Rather than think of a crown in terms of its cost, think of it for what it will provide you. Our crowns are designed to look as natural as your surrounding teeth. The crowns we place will feel like your natural teeth. It will last for a long time because it was made with excellent workmanship and superior materials. And, it be properly positioned so you can avoid problems from occurring in the future.

When we place a crown, bridge or veneer, we want you pleased with your investment long after it is made. Let’s discuss how we can help you achieve an exceptional smile that is within your budget, and anything but ‘cheap.’ Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.