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Dental CrownsSometimes all it takes is a cracked or stained tooth to damage an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. Damage can happen suddenly as a result of an accident or sports injury, slowly over time due to tooth decay, or even through the normal wear and tear of the aging process. Dental crowns cover a damaged or decayed tooth to restore function. Crowns and bridgework are also a popular method to replace missing teeth. Dr. Ron Kondoff, a dentist in Virginia Beach, VA, offers cosmetic and general dentistry services for children and adults.

Restore Your Smile With Dental Crowns in Virginia Beach, VA

In some cases, a crown may be the only option available to save a significantly damaged or decayed tooth from extraction. If a cavity is too large to be repaired with a standard dental filling, a crown can cover the remaining portion of the tooth and improve the aesthetic appearance of the tooth as well.

Other situations where a dental crown may be appropriate include:

  • Strengthen a cracked or fractured tooth
  • Replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge
  • Cover a broken tooth
  • Cosmetic improvements to permanently stained or discolored teeth

Cover Damaged and Unattractive Teeth with Dental Crowns

Crowns are also referred to as "caps" because they literally cap or cover a damaged or unattractive tooth. Crowns are a minimally invasive and durable option to improve your smile and overall oral health with just a few simple visits to the dentist's office. At the first appointment, an impression (mold) of the tooth will be taken and sent to an offsite lab where the crown will be created. You will be provided with a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent restoration.

Find a Dentist in Virginia Beach, VA

For more information about dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office today by calling (757) 493-8100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kondoff.

By Dr. Kondoff
August 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Veneers  

Porcelain veneers are a fabulous way to repair dental flaws and achieve an attractive smile. Whether your teeth are stained, oddly shaped or chipped, cracked and gapped, veneers can upgrade your appearance and your self-image, too. Dr. Ron Kondoff uses veneers to Veneersenhance smiles in his Virginia Beach, VA office, customizing looks sure to please both patient and observer alike.

Porcelain veneers and you

Teeth grinding, heredity, smoking, accidents and more impact the size, shape, color and alignment of our smiles. And, don't forget what aging can do--wearing enamel and dulling its once bright sheen.

However, if your teeth and gums are mostly healthy, you could qualify for a porcelain veneers in Virginia Beach, tooth-shaped ceramic covers which disguise dental defects permanently and realistically. You and Dr. Kondoff will discuss how you want your smile to improve, and then, he'll inspect, X-ray and photograph your teeth to determine if veneers are the right option for you. If they are, you'll come to the office for an additional two visits for teeth preparation and placement of your new veneers.

The treatment

Dr. Kondoff removes some enamel--about 1/2 millimeter--from the front of each tooth which will receive a veneer. This reduction allows for proper fit and bite. Also, the dentist takes oral impressions to send to an outside dental lab where a skilled technician individually sculpts each veneer.

The technician uses the photos to help create the proper size and color. Veneers are translucent, and with the addition of the bonding cement, the results will be amazingly natural and will blend with the rest of your smile.

At the last appointment, Dr. Kondoff will take your temporary veneers off and cement on the new ones. He cures the cement with a dental light to ensure the veneers adhere well to your tooth enamel. Plus, he takes care to fit them properly against your gums to avoid irritation.

That's it. You leave the office with an improved smile. Over the next week or so, you'll readily adjust to the new fit, feel and appearance of your teeth.

Caring for veneers

Do you brush twice a day and floss once a day as recommended by the American Dental Association? If you do, then you'll continue with the same good oral hygiene habits as you live with your new veneers.

If you tend to grind or clench your teeth, ask Dr. Kondoff about a custom-made bite guard to wear at night. Avoid abusing your veneers with caramel apples, peanut brittle, ice and other super-hard foods. And, of course, you should see Dr. Kondoff and his friendly team twice a year for a thorough cleaning and check-up. Veneers can last for ten years or more.

What a smile!

Wouldn't you like to hear that compliment? You will when you get stunning porcelain veneers from Dr. Ron Kondoff's office in Virginia Beach, VA. Call today to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (757) 493-8100.

By Dr. Kondoff
June 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsLooking for the best way to restore your smile after tooth loss? Dental implants could be the solution you need. Encouraging bone growth and maximizing oral function and smile aesthetics, dental implants from Dr. Marshall Lyall and Dr. Ron Kondoff in Virginia Beach, VA, look, act, and feel like real teeth. No other tooth replacement option competes with implants.

Your mouth after tooth loss

It really changes. The tooth is gone, and the surrounding gum tissue and supporting jaw bone quickly shrink. With multiple extractions, bite height reduces, and facial fullness recedes into an aged appearance. Speech slurs, biting, and chewing becomes inefficient - you get the picture. Unfortunately, traditional bridges, partials, and dentures help with appearance and speech, but they cannot restore jaw bone integrity.

A superior alternative

Dental implants provide the stability and function your smile needs. Composed of a titanium cylinder, metal alloy abutment, and porcelain crown, the single-tooth implant prevents bone loss and preserves how well you bite and chew. Inserted into the jaw during a brief oral surgery procedure, the titanium implant device and the jaw bone adhere to each other through osseointegration.

Osseointegration was discovered mid-twentieth century in Europe, and it is the bonding force behind many successful orthopedic surgeries such as knee replacements. The secret to the bond is titanium. Human bone just loves this metal, and when used for dental implants, the results are nothing less than spectacular. Once placed and integrated, most dental implants succeed and stay in place for a lifetime, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

However, potential implant patients should understand that they must be in good health and have sufficient bone in their jaws to accept these dental prosthetics. To determine candidacy, Dr. Kondoff does a thorough oral examination, including X-rays.

The treatment in Virginia Beach

The implant procedure takes about an hour. Dr. Kondoff uses a locally-injected anesthetic to numb the area. He opens the gums and creates an access hole in the jaw. This hole accepts the titanium device, and the area is sutured closed. After a period of healing, the patient returns for attachment of the metal extension post and custom-made porcelain crown.

Aftercare

Whether you receive one or multiple dental implants (to support dentures), oral hygiene is the same. Brush carefully twice a day, and floss around implant sites. Your hygienist may recommend special tools or flosses to keep implant sites clean and free of infection. Your semi-annual check-ups and in-office cleanings remain very important.

Interested?

Get great help for your smile. Look into dental implants with Dr. Lyall and Dr. Kondoff, in Virginia Beach, VA. Call today to arrange a personal consultation: (757) 493-8100.

Good oral hygiene is vital to your overall health. Good habits can help prevent serious issues like pulp exposure, which means you'll need professional cleaningsroot canal therapy, or tooth loss, which is fixed by getting a dental implant. Dr. Marshall Lyall and Dr. Ron Kondoff, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentists, recommend professional cleanings to ensure proper dental care.

Professional teeth cleaning needs vary from one person to another. A dental hygienist examines your oral tissues to determine which areas need the most cleaning.

They will use an ultrasonic scaler or curettes to remove any plaque from around your teeth surfaces. Plaque is a result of acid-producing bacteria that accumulates on teeth and around gums. An ultrasonic scaler, a hand-held tool with a tiny tip, vibrates at a high frequency to break up hardened deposits of plaque. Then a constant stream of liquid cools the tip and washes away plaque debris.

Sometimes curettes are used instead because they easily fit around and between teeth. Professional cleanings ensure removal of stubborn plaque, with the final step involving a low-speed rotary brush that polishes your now clean teeth.

You need to visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning, but, in addition to professional cleanings, your Virginia Beach dentists advise:

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas, like molars.
  • Floss at least once before bed, and make sure to floss between every tooth and areas between teeth and gums.
  • Fluoride treatment may also prevents issues like gum disease and tooth decay and repairs teeth if used topically, which is when it's applied directly on teeth like with toothpastes and mouthwash, or systemically, which is when fluoride is ingested by drinking or eating food and water that contain fluoride.

If you have any questions or concerns about professional cleanings, just call Dr. Lyall and Dr. Kondoff, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentists at (757) 493-8100 today!

By Dr. Kondoff
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Are you wondering why this endodontic procedure is performed? Find out now.root canal

Have you been woken up in the middle of the night by a gnawing pain in your tooth? If so, then you could be dealing with an infected or inflamed dental pulp. If this is the case only a root canal will truly be able to get rid of the source of your pain and prevent the tooth from further damage. Our Virginia Beach, VA, dentists Dr. Ron Kondoff is here to tell you the common signs and symptoms that may require you to get root canal treatment and why this procedure is important.

Why is a root canal necessary?

Sure, we completely understand that no one wants to undergo a dental procedure; however, sometimes issues arise that warrant it. As you might already know, problems such as decay, a dental infection and even trauma to the tooth can spread below the hard outer layers to affect the dental pulp. Once the dental pulp is infected the only choice is to have it removed, otherwise the bacteria will continue to spread to neighboring teeth and bone, causing more serious and long-term damage.

What are some telltale signs that I need a root canal?

Unfortunately, not everyone will experience symptoms, which is why coming in to visit your Virginia Beach general dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams is the best way to detect problems that you don’t notice.

Of course, it’s also important that you don’t let these symptoms go ignored:

  • A toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum tenderness, redness or swelling around the tooth
  • A bump or pimple-like growth on the gums near the tooth
  • Tooth darkening or discoloration

A toothache is of the most common symptoms that something is wrong. The dental pulp contains nerves, so it’s the reason why you are experiencing that throbbing, aching and relentless pain. Of course, the only way to remove the pain is to remove its source. In this case, by removing a dental pulp we can eliminate that horrible pain and also preserve your tooth. Without a root canal, bacteria or damage will continue to get worse until the only option is to have the tooth removed.

Experiencing troublesome symptoms? Don’t worry; our Virginia Beach, VA, dentists are here to provide you with the immediate dental care you need when problems surface. Call our office right away.





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