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By Merker McAllister Dental Office
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns are coverings or caps made of a strong material such as porcelain. They are placed on top of a tooth in order to help restore the dental crownsfunction or appearance of a tooth, usually after a root canal. When decay in a tooth is advanced, large portions of the tooth must be removed. Cosmetic dentistry in Zanesville, OH from Dr. Daniel Merker, Dr. Holly McAllister and Dr. Brian Merker can help solve dental issues.

About Dental Crowns

Crowns are used to cover implants, prevent cracked teeth from worsening, or attach dental bridges. They also can be used to restore a stained or discolored tooth to its natural appearance. In order to accommodate the dental crown, the tooth itself must be reduced in size. An impression is made of the teeth to create a custom-made restoration. This impression is sent to a special lab while a temporary crown is worn.

Crowns can last up to eight years or longer with the proper care. It is important to floss around the crown to avoid debris or excess plaque from being around the restoration. Teeth grinding can dramatically shorten the life of a crown. Also, eating brittle food or hard candy can damage the crown too. Regular oral hygiene habits, as well as dental exams and cleanings, will help keep the crown looking and feeling its best.

Bridges are appliances that are used to replace a section of missing teeth. Crowns are used on either end of the gap to secure the bridge into place. This fixed dental bridge cannot be removed. They help to restore the appearance and function of missing teeth with the help of your cosmetic dentist in Zanesville, OH.

To learn more about crowns and what they can do for your oral health, call our office today to schedule an appointment at 740-453-0731.

By Merker McAllister Dental Office
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you decided to ignore a damaged tooth because you're afraid repairing it would require extensive or expensive dental work? Dental dental bondingbonding, one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments, is used to quickly repair several types of damage. Dr. Daniel Merker, Dr. Holly McAllister and Dr. Brian Merker of Merker McAllister Dental Office in Zanesville, OH, explain how bonding can restore your smile.

What is dental bonding?

During dental bonding, composite resin, a soft material made of plastic and powdered glass, is added to your tooth to repair the damage. When the composite resin is exposed to a curing light, it hardens and bonds to your teeth. Before your dentist bonds your teeth, he or she selects a shade of composite resin that closely matches your natural tooth enamel.

How is bonding used to repair teeth?

Bonding can be used to:

  • Cover Cracks: Cracks tend to be very noticeable. Although you may need a crown if your crack is deep, shallower cracks that don't extend beyond tooth enamel can be concealed with bonding in our Zanesville office.
  • Restore Broken or Chipped Tooth: If you chip a tooth or a piece of your tooth breaks off, bonding offers an excellent way to repair the damage. In some cases, the broken piece can be reattached with bonding. If you don't have the piece or it can't be reattached, adding bonding material restores the normal appearance of the tooth.
  • Lengthen Teeth: Bonding is often used to extend teeth that are too short. Whether your tooth is naturally shorter or has shortened because you grind or clench your teeth, dental bonding offers a good restoration option.
  • Makeover Teeth: Would you like to completely change the appearance of a tooth? Adding bonding can make a crooked tooth appear straight or an oddly shaped tooth look more uniform.
  • Close Gaps: Bonding conceals small spaces between teeth that may make you feel a little self-conscious about your smile.
  • Cover Discolorations: Veneers and crowns aren't the only choices if you have a discolored tooth. Dental bonding offers another way to hide discolorations.

Are you interested in learning if bonding or another cosmetic dentistry procedure is a good choice for you? Call Merker McAllister Dental Office in Zanesville, OH, at (740) 453-0731 to schedule an appointment.

By Merker McAllister Dental Office
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Gum disease and tooth loss are still a problem for an alarming number of American adults. According to the American College of dental implantsProsthodontists, despite the fact that periodontal disease is generally less prevalent than in previous generations, millions of Americans (over 40%, or 170+ million adults) are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can eventually lead to a number of health and quality of life problems. The dentists at Merker McAllister Dental in Zanesville, OH, recommend dental implants for qualified adult patients suffering from various degrees of tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Zanesville, OH

Implants are a revolutionary restorative dental treatment designed to function like a natural tooth by replacing the root as well as the crown. When a tooth falls out, the surrounding bone tissue in the gums begins to erode, increasing the risk of a number of problems like inflammation, infection, and shrinking gums. There are also a number of secondary side effects of tooth loss, like difficulty, eating and speaking clearly. Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and the closest restoration to a natural tooth. An implant can replace a single tooth, or anchor a set of dentures in place with just a few implants.

The implant portion of the restoration is made up of a small biocompatible titanium screw, which is surgically placed in the gums. Once in place, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and spurs the growth of healthy new bone. After the implant has healed, the dentist attaches a cosmetic crown to complete the restoration. If you are a healthy adult with enough bone density to support an implant, you may be eligible for the procedure. Implants require rigorous oral health and regular follow-up dental care but are otherwise cared for just like your natural teeth.

Find a Family Dentist in Zanesville, OH

Living with tooth loss can have a serious impact on your oral and general health, and overall quality of life. For more information about dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate, contact us by calling (740) 453-0731 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.

By Merker McAllister Dental Office
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Stained, misshaped or crooked/broken teeth all would benefit from cosmetic dentistry in Zanesville Ohio. Dental veneers can restore the veneersappearance and function of the teeth. Dr. Daniel Merker, Dr. Holly McAllister and Dr. Brian Merker from Merker McAllister Dental all are well versed in what dental porcelain veneers can do for their patients.

More About Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that are placed atop the teeth’s natural surface. They can improve color, alignment or spacing issues in the mouth. They generally have a longer life expectancy than bonding because of the strong material they are made of.

Veneers are made by a dental lab provided based on measurements taken at your cosmetic dentistry office in Zanesville, Ohio. Generally, these veneers can be placed in just two visits, the first is the planning and preparation of the mold and the second is the actual placement visit.

Dr. Merker, Dr. McAllister and Dr. Merker from Merker McAllister Dental prepare a patient's teeth by lightly buffing them so they can accept the veneers better. The teeth are thoroughly cleansed with a gel that helps this bond to be achieved more successfully. That gel is rinsed off and a curing light is used atop the porcelain veneers in order to promote them to harden onto the surface of the teeth. The composite resin material itself may be painted on in several layers until the desired look is achieved.

It’s important that you discuss all of your Cosmetic Dentistry options with Dr. Merker, Dr. McAllister and Dr. Merker in Zanesville, Ohio. They can examine your teeth and determine whether or not you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. Much like other teeth, veneers must be cared for properly with regular brushing and flossing. To learn more about porcelain veneers and to schedule a comprehensive appointment today at Merker McAllister Dental, call 740-453-0731 today.

By Merker McAllister Dental Office
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentistry  

Having one dentist for your whole family can be convenient while also offering several benefits. Some dentists specialize in treating family dentistryadults, while others only treat children. However, family dentists treat patients of all ages and can provide lifetime dental care for every member of your family. For instance, if you have children, they can continue seeing the family dentist even into adulthood. That wouldn’t be possible if they were seeing a pediatric dentist. With the help of your Zanesville, OH, family dentists at Merker McAllister Dental your entire family can see the same dentist.

What is a Family Dentist?

As mentioned, family dentists treat patients of all ages, from children to adults. They provide the same dental services as other dentists and can assist everyone in your family with their individual dental needs. In addition to dental checkups and professional cleanings, family dentists can also fill cavities, perform root canals, extract teeth and install crowns, veneers, bridgework or dental implants. Many Zanesville family dentists also offer professional teeth whitening treatments, among other dental services.

Benefits of a Family Dentist

Some of the primary benefits of having one dentist for your whole family include convenience, comfort and individualized long-term dental care. Rather than scheduling multiple appointments on different days with different dentists, your family’s dental checkups can all be scheduled for the same day with your family dentist. Additionally, your family is likely to feel more comfortable seeing the same dentist for years to come. Finally, a family dentist will become familiar with your family’s dental history and can provide individualized care specific to each family member.

When you choose a family dentist, you only need one dentist for your whole family. Let one of the friendly professionals at Merker McAllister Dental be your Zanesville, OH, family dentist. They can provide a variety of dental services for every member of your family. To schedule dental appointments for your family Merker McAllister Dental, call (740) 453-0731.