Sometimes 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.
Although dental visits are routine for most people, it’s a different experience for a few. About one in ten adults have high anxiety or fear of going to the dentist and may avoid it altogether—even when they have an acute situation.
If you’re one of those with dental visit anxiety there’s good news—we may be able to help you relax and have a more positive experience. Here are 3 things you need to know about reducing your anxiety at the dental office.
It starts with the dentist. While every patient deserves a compassionate, understanding dentist, it’s especially so if you suffer from dental visit anxiety. Having someone who will listen to your concerns in a non-judgmental way is the first step toward feeling more comfortable in the dentist’s chair. It also takes a sensitive practitioner to work with you on the best strategy for relaxation.
Relaxation often begins before your visit. There are various degrees of sedation (which isn’t the same as anesthesia—those methods block pain) depending on your level of anxiety. If you experience mild to moderate nervousness, an oral sedative an hour or so before your appointment could take the edge off and help you relax. Oral sedatives are also mild enough for use with other forms of sedation like nitrous oxide gas, and with local anesthesia.
High anxiety may require deeper sedation. If your level of anxiety is greater, however, we may recommend IV sedation to induce a much more relaxed state. The sedation drugs are delivered directly into your blood stream through a small needle inserted into a vein. Although you’re not unconscious as with general anesthesia, we can place you into a “semi-awake” state of reduced anxiety. The drugs used may also have an amnesiac effect so you won’t remember details about the procedure. This can help reinforce positive feelings about your visit and help reduce future anxiety.
If you’re anxious about dental visits, make an appointment with us to discuss your concerns. We’re sure we can work out a strategy to reduce your anxiety so you can receive the dental care you need.
If you would like more information on sedation therapy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”
Although it’s a natural part of dental development, teething is no picnic for your baby. This process in which each of their twenty primary teeth gradually erupt through the gums usually begins around their sixth to ninth month and may not end until around age three.
These periodic tooth eruptions can cause your baby to bite, gnaw, drool or rub their ears. Teething can also disrupt sleeping patterns, decrease appetite and cause gum swelling and pain that can turn your otherwise happy baby into an unhappy one.
Managing these teething episodes is one of the most common topics parents bring up with their dentists. Since teething is supposed to happen, there’s no need for medical intervention unless the child is also experiencing diarrhea, rashes, fever or prolonged irritability associated with teething episodes. In most cases, the best you can do is to make your child more comfortable. Here are a few things to help you do just that.
Provide cold items for gnawing. Rubber teething rings, wet wash cloths or pacifiers that have been chilled can give your child something to gnaw on and ease the pressure of sore gums while the chilled temperatures help numb pain. Be sure, though, that the items aren’t frozen because extremely cold temperatures can burn the skin.
Gum massage. You can massage your child’s gums with one of your fingers during a teething episode to counteract the throbbing pressure coming from the erupting tooth. Just be sure your finger is clean and don’t use any numbing agents unless advised by your dentist or pediatrician.
OTC medication. You can ease mild to moderate teething pain with over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen in dosages appropriate for your child’s age. But don’t apply rubbing alcohol to the gums or massage in any pain reliever—both practices can burn the skin. And, as mentioned before, only apply numbing agents like Benzocaine with the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional.
Besides these practices, be sure to keep up regular dental checkups to monitor the teething process and ensure all is going normally. And remember: though it may seem harrowing at times, the teething process won’t last forever.
If you would like more information on easing the effects of teething, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles: How to Help Keep Your Baby Comfortable.”
As a parent you’re concerned with a number of issues involving your child’s health, not the least of which involves their teeth. One of the most common is thumb-sucking.
While later thumb-sucking is a cause for concern, it’s quite normal and not viewed as harmful in infant’s and very young children. This universal habit is rooted in an infant swallowing pattern: all babies tend to push the tongue forward against the back of the teeth when they swallow, which allows them to form a seal while breast or bottle feeding. Infants and young children take comfort or experience a sense of security from sucking their thumb, which simulates infant feeding.
Soon after their primary teeth begin to erupt, the swallowing pattern changes and they begin to rest the tongue on the roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth when swallowing. For most children thumb sucking begins to fade as their swallowing pattern changes.
Some children, though, continue the habit longer even as their permanent teeth are beginning to come in. As they suck their thumb the tongue constantly rests between the front teeth, which over time may interfere with how they develop. This can cause an “open bite” in which the upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly, a problem that usually requires orthodontic treatment to correct it.
For this reason, dentists typically recommend encouraging children to stop thumb-sucking by age 3 (18-24 months to stop using a pacifier). The best approach is positive reinforcement — giving appropriate rewards over time for appropriate behavior: for example, praising them as a “big” boy or girl when they have gone a certain length of time without sucking their thumb or a pacifier. You should also use training or “Sippy” cups to help them transition from a bottle to a regular cup, which will further diminish the infant swallowing pattern and need for thumb-sucking.
Habits like thumb-sucking in young children should be kept in perspective: the habit really isn’t a problem unless it goes on too long. Gentle persuasion, along with other techniques we can help you with, is the best way to help your child eventually stop.
If you would like more information on thumb sucking, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Thumb Sucking in Children” and “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”
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 enhance 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.
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.
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