It is beneficial to be aware of the variety of services dental care providers offer. Examples include regular checkups and oral cancer exams, in addition to the methods used to fix decayed or broken teeth. If in need of crowns, bridges or veneers, it is important to understand that there are a variety of materials available. Porcelain is likely the best choice for more natural-looking dental work. The benefits of using porcelain crowns, bridges & veneers and getting an oral cancer exam cannot be overstated.
Dental crowns are used to place a cover over teeth that are decayed to the point of being weak or cracking. They are also used to hold bridges in place or to cover dental implants. Porcelain is a popular material from which crowns are made. This is primarily because of the ability to match the color and appearance of the natural teeth. There are two types of porcelain crowns. They may be all porcelain or porcelain that is fused over metal.
Of all available crown materials, all-porcelain crowns provide the best color match with the natural teeth. All-porcelain crowns are not as strong as those with a metal base. They are, however, a good choice for front teeth because, sometimes, the metal can be seen near the gum when the porcelain over metal type is used.
Bridges are often used when one or more teeth are missing. They consist of a false tooth that is used to fill the gap and are attached to the adjacent natural teeth by crowns that are placed over those teeth. Just like crowns, porcelain bridges allow for excellent color matching to the other teeth.
Dental veneers are used to cover the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. The reason may be to correct discoloration due to stains or to fix teeth that are chipped or worn down. Porcelain is typically the material of choice because it can make the teeth on which it is placed look natural and blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Whether at our office for crowns, bridges, veneers or for any other reason, patients should have one of our dentists do an oral cancer exam. It is simple and does not take long. People who have a history of tobacco use are at a much higher risk for oral cancer and should definitely get regular checks.
During the exam, the dentist will look and feel inside the mouth, around the lips and gums and inside the cheeks for any indicators of possible cancer. With the success rate of treating cancer, especially when caught early, much better than it was years ago, it only makes good sense to have these exams on a periodic basis. Individuals may want to ask our dentists about the right frequency for these exams in their particular case.
Schedule an appointment at Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry to take advantage of the benefits of using porcelain crowns, bridges & veneers and getting an oral cancer exam for yourself. We have offices in Champions Gate and Winter Haven. Contact us today to book your appointment.