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By Z Dentistry
June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

It is possible to restore the strength of your teeth with dental crowns. Teeth that have become worn down and weak can be strengthened dental crownsby placing a dental crown over the tops of the weakened tooth. Dental crowns can be used to correct several other problems, as well. They can conceal cracks, chips and discolorations. They can even be used to replace missing teeth when placed on top of a dental implant. Dr. George Zatarain of Z Dentistry places dental crowns in Reno, NV.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps that fit over the tops of problem teeth. The crown actually wraps around the entire tooth so that the tooth is entirely encapsulated inside. Dental crowns are often made from porcelain or ceramic, but can also be made from metal or resin. Crowns are custom made for each patient, which allows for a perfect fit. Once placed, dental crowns blend in with the surrounding teeth and look and function just like natural teeth.

Make Your Teeth Strong Again

Dental crowns can make your teeth strong again. Teeth can become weak for several reasons, such as following an injury to the mouth. The normal wear and tear of chewing and biting can potentially weaken teeth over time. The loss of enamel can weaken teeth, as well. Once teeth have become weak, everyday functions such as biting and chewing can be painful. Dental crowns help by providing a protective seal around weak teeth, making them strong again. The crowns are then used to perform biting and chewing functions with no more pain.

Dental crowns can restore the strength of your teeth, allowing you to resume normal biting and chewing functions again. Crowns can also conceal a variety of imperfections, such as discolorations and misshapen teeth. For dental crowns in Reno, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zatarain by calling Z Dentistry at (775) 331-1616.

By Z Dentistry
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns are used for cosmetic and functional purposes. They can improve the appearance of less than perfect teeth or strengthen dental crownsones that have become damaged. Dental crowns are custom made to fit over an existing tooth like a cap or protective shell. Once installed, dental crowns look just like natural teeth so no one has to know you have them. At Z Dentistry, dental crowns are placed by Dr. George Zatarain, your Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist.

How Dental Crowns Help

Cosmetically, dental crowns can conceal imperfections, such as cracks, discoloration or misshaped teeth. Dental crowns can also be used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down and lost the ability to bite and chew properly. Most back teeth require a crown after a root canal because the tooth can dry out and break once the root is removed.  Following placement of a dental crown, normal tooth functioning is restored.

Crowns are recommended to:

  • Protect a tooth after a root canal
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Hold a cracked tooth
  • Covering a tooth that is oddly shaped
  • As part of a dental implant
  • Securing a dental bridge in place

Placing Dental Crowns

A variety of materials can be used to create dental crowns, such as porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal. Dental crowns are custom made for each patient. Your Reno cosmetic dentist will first create a mold of your existing tooth that will be used to create crowns that fit perfectly. The crowns will also be color matched to your existing teeth so that they blend in with your other teeth. A dental cement is used to permanently affix the crowns in place. With proper care, your dental crowns can last a lifetime.

Dental crowns can be used to improve both the appearance and functioning of your teeth. Whether you wish to conceal imperfections or restore normal tooth function, dental crowns can help.

To find out if dental crowns are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zatarain, your Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist, by calling Z Dentistry at (775) 331-1616.

By Z Dentistry
September 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a missing tooth, you may have noticed that simple tasks like eating and chewing have become more difficult. However, dental bridgedental bridges can restore your smile, fill in your gaps, and leave you looking and feeling great. But how do dental bridges work? Find out the science behind bridges and what they can do for you with Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV.

What is a dental bridge? 
Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by connecting the gap left behind using three prosthetic teeth in a row. The bridge uses crowns built into the prosthetics on either side to anchor onto the gap’s surrounding healthy teeth. In cases of several missing teeth in a row, a bridge may use dental implants within the gap rather than crowns fitted onto the natural teeth. The prosthetics, called pontics, are made from porcelain so they blend into your natural smile without standing out. Like other dental restorations, a dental bridge is made to last for many years with the proper care.

How can a dental bridge benefit my smile? 
The effects of a missing tooth can take a toll on your smile. By replacing the tooth with a bridge, patients eliminate certain situations like drifting teeth and sagging facial muscles. Additionally, many people with missing teeth are embarrassed by their gaps. Replacing their missing teeth gives you back your smile and provides the confidence boost you need to love your look.

Dental Bridges in Reno, NV
In almost all cases requiring dental bridges, the teeth to receive the bridge’s crowns require some preparation. This process is the same as that of a dental crown and involves shaping the teeth into the correct form to fit securely inside of the crown. With the teeth prepared, your dentist uses dental cement to bond the bridge to the teeth. Since the bridge lies on top of the gum line, it requires some extra work to keep it clean. Dentists recommend using threading floss to knock away plaque and bacteria growing underneath the bridge in addition to brushing twice a day and flossing once. See your dentist twice a year for regular dental examination and cleanings to keep your natural teeth and bridge healthy, clean and maintained.

For more information on dental bridges, please contact Dr. Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV. Achieving your perfect smile could be as easy as calling (775) 331-1616 to schedule your consultation for a bridge.