Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dr. Lanys interview on Bizymoms website.

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Lanys on Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dr. Michelle Lanys is a dentist and has answered some of the common questions Bizymoms visitors have about Dental Crowns and Bridges.

Q. What are dental crowns and tooth bridges?

A. A crown or "cap" is a type of restoration that is cemented entirely onto an existing tooth. They are made of metal, porcelain or a combination of the two and are very strong. The tooth is slightly reduced approximately 1.5mm around the periphery ending at, or just below the gum line so there is room to place it within the bite. Crowns are necessary to build the tooth to its natural tooth structure and strength, and in turn, improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth. Bridges are based on the same principle; only they replace one or more teeth by attaching the missing teeth to the adjacent crowns in one unit.

Q. Why do crowns fail?

A. There are a number of reasons why crowns might fail. There could be excessive forces, fractures and recurrent decay to name a few, which means good oral hygiene is essential.

Q. How are crowns and bridges made?

A. Crowns and bridges are physically made in a laboratory. The reduction procedure is done at the dental office by the dentist. There is then a special impression or a digital scan that is done which is sent to the lab and the restoration is sent back in approximately 1-2 weeks. In the meantime the teeth are covered by a temporary crown/bridge. It’s important to be very careful during this time with certain hard or sticky foods.

Q. How long do crowns and bridges last?

A. Crowns usually last approximately 5-15 years. This often depends on many factors, such as good oral hygiene and keeping regulars dental check-ups.

Q. Is the procedure painful?

A. Our goal is to always ensure patient comfort. These procedures should be pain free with dental freezing.

Q. How do I take care of my dental crowns and bridges?

A. Excellent oral hygiene will help improve the longevity of any restoration. With the crown or bridge, there is an extra area of plaque attraction where the material meets the tooth. It is important to pay extra attention to these areas. The dentist will educate the patient on the various oral hygiene aids to assist in improving care in the more challenging areas.

Q. Are the non-metal crowns as strong as metal crowns?

A. Dental crowns and bridges are excellent solutions in restoring teeth in the necessary situations. Today, the non-metal crowns are, for the most part, as strong as metal crowns.

Q. How to contact Dr. Lanys if we have further questions?

A. Dr. Michelle Lanys
107 Dundas Street East
Whitby, Ontario
L1N 2H6
905-666-1555, Facebook, Twitter and Blogger

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