When You Should Consider Crowns

Dental crowns are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore the appearance of damaged teeth, but it may be difficult to decide when you need a dental crown. Here at Smiles by Shields in Jacksonville, our dentist, Dr. Tiffany K. Shields, can help you decide if a crown is the right tooth restoration service for you.

Reasons Why You May Need a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are tooth caps. They are made to fit over existing teeth and dental implants in order to restore the tooth appearance and structural stability. These caps can be manufactured out of various types of metal, porcelain and porcelain fused to metal.

1. You are missing a tooth.

If you are missing a tooth, you may opt to have a crown instead of a bridge. When a crown is used to replace a missing tooth it is placed over a dental...
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Dental Health in Your Golden Years

A couple decades ago, dentures were just considered a natural part of aging, but it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Today it’s possible to go into your golden years with healthy, strong teeth, and maintaining good oral health is also essential for preserving function, being able to eat well, and even preventing other health problems. Here’s a closer look at a few of the common senior dental myths, as well as some helpful dental health tips seniors can follow to keep their teeth and gums healthy as they age. Top Myths About Aging Teeth Unfortunately, there are several myths surrounding aging teeth that can be big barriers to senior dental care. Some of the myths about aging teeth include:
  • Myth #1 – Cavities are Only for Kids – Cavities don’t only occur in children. Seniors are keeping their natural teeth longer these...
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The Pros of Invisalign

Misaligned or crooked teeth don’t just look bad, they can harm your oral health by making it harder to clean teeth and cause bite problems that make it tough to talk or eat. Although traditional braces have long been used to help properly align teeth, they come with drawbacks like discomfort, difficulty eating, and an unsightly appearance. Today Invisalign offers a clear alternative to traditional metal braces, provide patients with clear aligners that move teeth effectively over time. If you’re trying to decide between metal braces and Invisalign, here’s a closer look at some of the pros to using the Invisalign system. Pro #1 – Invisalign Aligners are Barely Visible One of the main pros of Invisalign aligners is that they are barely visible when you’re wearing them. Many patients don’t like the idea of wearing metal braces because they are so obvious. Patients have a tendency...
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