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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
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing a tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue. Although the loss may seem minor, a missing tooth can have a significant impact on dental implantsyour oral health. Dr. Daniel Merker, Dr. Holly McAllister and Dr. Brian Merker, your Zanesville, OH dentists at Merker McAllister Dental Office, explain how dental implants can help you keep your smile strong and healthy.

Your tooth roots have an important job

Your roots don't just anchor your teeth in your jaw, they also play a role in keeping your jawbone strong. Your roots stimulate the bone by exerting constant pressure on it. When you lose a tooth, whether it's knocked out or extracted, your jawbone suffers. Since the underlying jawbone is no longer stimulated, it begins to weaken and even begins to shrink. Your jawbone helps support your muscles. Without adequate support, the lower half of your face may eventually begin to sag. Jawbone loss can also cause other teeth to loosen and lead to additional tooth loss.

When you choose dental implants as a tooth replacement option, you don't have to worry about any of these unpleasant consequences. Since your implant replaces your roots, it provides the stimulation your jawbone needs.

Eating is easier, according to your Zanesville, OH dentists

When there's a gap in your smile, eating can become difficult. It's harder to tear into a crusty piece of bread or even chew it when you have a tooth missing. If you don't chew your food thoroughly, you can experience an upset stomach. Unfortunately, you may never realize the reason for your sudden gastrointestinal problems.

Your tooth decay risk may rise after you lose a tooth

One lost tooth can throw off the alignment of your entire smile. Since that tooth is no longer available to help support surrounding teeth, they'll begin to lean toward the gap, creating overlapping areas that are hard to clean. Misaligned teeth can also affect your bite and cause tooth erosion, jaw pain and headaches.

If you have questions or would like to speak to us personally call 740-453-0731.

By Merker McAllister Dental Office
September 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When you have missing or damaged teeth, it's essential to replace or care for them as soon as possible--your dental health and self-dental crownsesteem alike depend on it. Crowns and bridges are common treatments that help millions of people get their healthy smile back. Learn more from your Zanesville, OH family dentist at Merker McAllister Dental Office.

Crowns and bridges are each used for slightly different purposes, but they do have similar benefits:

  • They can fill in gaps where your teeth are missing.
  • They can be used with your natural teeth or with dental implants.
  • They can boost your self-confidence and your dental health.

What Is a Crown?

A dental crown is used either to save a tooth, improve its appearance or replace a single missing tooth. When used with a natural tooth, it helps reinforce its strength, cover fractures or discoloration, and prevent bacteria from entering. As a tooth replacement, a crown is supported by a dental implant to fill in the gap and give you a full set of teeth once again.

Crowns can be made of metal, which is mostly used for the hard-working and less visible back teeth. For front teeth, porcelain or composite are popular options for a natural white appearance.

What Is a Bridge?

A dental bridge is also called a partial denture, and it's used to fill in a gap where more than one tooth is missing. A bridge can be anchored by the natural teeth on either side of the gap, or by dental implants for better stability and bone health.

When several teeth are missing, the bite is significantly affected. A bridge helps prevent pain and dysfunction from a misaligned bite, and makes it easier to chew and speak. It also gives you the confidence to speak and smile in public again, helping to boost your professional and social image.

Family Dentist in Zanesville, OH

When the health of your smile is at stake, you need top-notch professional care to help restore a strong, beautiful smile. Visit your Zanesville, OH family dentist at Merker McAllister Dental Office to talk about how crowns or bridges can help. Request your appointment online or call (740) 453-0731 today.