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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
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.

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.

By Dr. Kondoff
November 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you unhappy with your smile after a losing a tooth? Long-lasting dental implants offer an excellent way to replace your missing tooth. dental implantsVirginia Beach, VA, dentists Dr. Ron Kondoff will explain how you can benefit from implants.

Dental implants are smile changers

The loss of even one tooth can cause a dramatic change in your appearance. When you have a gap in your smile, it's only natural to feel a little self-conscious about the way you look whether you're at work or visiting your favorite Virginia Beach restaurant. Unfortunately, concerns about your appearance can lead to lower self-esteem, even if you're normally extremely self-confident. Dental implants, an innovative restoration option that restores an entire missing tooth, not only fill the gap in your smile but may also help you feel more confident.

Chewing is easy with dental implants

Biting into hard or chewy foods requires strong roots. If you replace your missing teeth with a rootless restoration option, such as dentures, you will have to eliminate certain foods from your diet because you won't be able to chew them efficiently. Because your dental implant bonds to your jawbone, it provides a stable foundation for the dental crown that is connected to it. Thanks to that stability, you can eat anything you want.

Implants help you avoid unpleasant consequences

If you don't replace the roots of a missing tooth, your jawbone will eventually begin to shrink. The problem happens when the jawbone doesn't receive needed stimulation from teeth roots. Further tooth loss can be a possibility if your jawbone recedes. You may also notice your face begins to sag, making you look older. Implants keep your jawbone strong, helping you avoid these consequences.

Dental implants offer versatility

Bridges restore a few missing teeth, while dentures replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Unlike these restorations, implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. You can benefit from dental implants whether you've lost one, three or even all of your teeth. You may need as few as four implants to support one upper or lower denture.

Why not restore your smile with dental implants? Call Virginia Beach, VA, dentists Dr. Kondoff at (757) 493-8100 to make your appointment.

By Dr. Kondoff
August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Imagine having a perfect smile gleaming back at you when you look in the mirror. While most of us don't have perfect teeth, porcelain veneersveneers can make it appear as though you do! These amazing cosmetic restorations, offered by Dr. Ron Kondoff in Virginia Beach, VA, are an excellent choice for almost anyone who has looked at their reflection and wished they could have a nicer smile.

The versatility of veneers

While other cosmetic dental procedures only fix one flaw at a time, veneers from your Virginia Beach dentist are designed to be a "one stop shop" for almost all the blemishes in your smile! Veneers do an excellent job of filling in gaps, covering overlaps, lengthening short or misshapen teeth, and erasing discolorations. It's no wonder that they're the preferred dental restoration of the best and brightest in Hollywood!

Porcelain and powerful

Veneers are crafted in a dental laboratory using measurements taken at your Virginia Beach dentist's office. They are individually carved, polished and painted to be as realistic as possible. Each veneer is made to perfectly fit over the front of each corresponding tooth; for a natural and comfortable look, they are approximately half the width of a dime. However, they're not just for looks...you can eat, brush and floss as you normally would. You should, however, refrain from biting down on excessively hard foods or using your veneers as a way to open packages.

Refinement requirements

Many patients of Dr. Kondoff are eligible for veneers, but your Virginia Beach dentist will first perform an evaluation to make sure your teeth have healthy enamel. This is because in order to ensure a proper fit, a small layer of the enamel will need to be buffed away. Other problems, like cavities, may need to be treated before the placement of your veneers.

If you'd like to hear more about porcelain veneers, we encourage you to contact your Virginia Beach, VA dentists, Dr. Kondoff, to schedule a consultation!



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