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Answers to Your Questions about Dental Crowns in Greenbelt, MD

March 9, 2017 in Dental Crowns and Bridges by mccarl_dental

Has a dentist recommended that you have a dental crown placed? Crowns are some of the most frequently used restorations in the dental field, and they allow us to repair, strengthen, protect, and even replace teeth. However, may patients aren’t 100% sure what a crown is or how it’s placed. Watch our video to hear from one of our Greenbelt dentists, Dr. Richard Duarte, explain the ins and outs of dental crown restorations, and keep reading to find out more.
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Have You Ever Broken a Front Tooth?

March 2, 2011 in Dental Crowns and Bridges,Dentistry by McCarl Dental Group

Beautiful smile after repair of broken front tooth

Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you. You deserve a porcelain crown, veneer or even composite bond that matches your other teeth.  A confident, sincere and beautiful smile helps you make a great first impression.

When you smile, no one else but your dentist should know that you have had dental work. A broken front tooth is a dental emergency – and even emergency dental treatment needs to give beautiful results. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group in Millersville and Greenbelt Maryland treat cosmetic dental problems as true dental emergencies. When a dental emergency is causing pain, discomfort or embarrassment – we ask, “How soon can you meet us at one of our dental offices?” For three generations, we have treated our patients like family.

Catherine Brandt, a dental patient who visits both our Millersville and Greenbelt Maryland dental offices broke her front tooth. Here is what Catherine said about her experience at McCarl Dental Group. “I never realized how much I valued the ability to smile with confidence until I broke my front tooth.  I wasn’t in any pain, but Dr. Clayton McCarl still treated it as an emergency and fixed me right up with a temporary crown.  Soon after, Dr. Clayton took a mold and fitted me with a permanent crown that perfectly matched my other front tooth in color.  I visited other dentists when I lived outside of Maryland, and each commented on the quality work that Dr. Clayton did on my crown.  The same outstanding level of care and talent is applied to all of my dental needs from the doctors, hygienists, and staff at McCarl Dental.”

WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN? Answers from McCarl Dental Group

June 20, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Crowns and Bridges,Dentistry by McCarl Dental Group

A crown fits over and restores a decayed, broken, or weak tooth and becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns may be made of all porcelain, all metal, or a metal base covered with a thin layer of porcelain. The shade or color selected may match the neighboring teeth to blend in, or a different shade may be chosen to brighten your smile.

Reasons you may need a crown:
•    Repair teeth that have broken or decayed so much that your dentist cannot fix them with a filling.
•    Cover a tooth that is so severely damaged that most of the top layer had to be removed.
•    Replace a worn or cracked filling.
•    Improve the appearance of a tooth.
•    Strengthen a tooth after root canal treatment to seal the tooth and prevent it from breaking.
•    Crowns sometimes come loose over time, and you may need to get them re-cemented or replaced.  With proper care a crown can last for many years and will function the same as any healthy tooth.

At the Greenbelt and Millersville dental offices of McCarl Dental Group we recommend all-porcelain crowns for front teeth because they look and function like natural teeth. The use of all-porcelain crowns eliminates gum irritation associated with metal allergies and is healthier for gums because it is not necessary to place the crown deep under the gum line to hide the metal. All-porcelain restorations used for cosmetic dentistry require very sophisticated design software and pressing ovens used only by the highest quality dental laboratories.

There are many ways to make a crown. Porcelain can be added as one color only, all at once, and fired in the furnace, or can be added in layers with a variety of colors to more closely mimic natural teeth. The labor time and skill level for fabricating porcelain crowns are considerably higher in the highest quality crowns. High end Dental Technicians are artists, using their color palette of wet porcelains to copy the shade and shape chosen by the dental patient and dentist. They use a technique called “layering” in which they bake the porcelain in the shape of the tooth and then “cut it back” and layer in different shades of porcelain which adds vitality to the crown. The highest quality porcelains have the finest grain size, which creates a more aesthetic and natural looking crown. The high end, fine grain porcelains also prevent wearing away of the enamel of the opposing teeth, a problem that may occur with lower cost porcelains.

You will typically need two visits to your dentist to restore your tooth with the highest quality crown. During your first visit, your dentist will make sure you are comfortable by using any of the many local anesthetic techniques available. The dentist will remove any decay or unsound tooth structure and prepare the tooth for a crown by shaping it with his/her headpiece (drill). If you received an injection, your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours until the anesthetic wears off and you should be careful to avoid biting your numb lip or cheek.

An impression of your teeth or a digitally scanned image will be used to create a model for construction of the crown. While the dental laboratory is making your permanent crown, your tooth will be covered with a temporary crown. On your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown, try in the permanent crown, check the fit and bite, make any minor adjustments necessary and cement your permanent crown.

We have had photographs taken of more than 20 McCarl dental patients who have porcelain crowns or veneers and have volunteered to share their beautiful smiles.  The dentists at McCarl Dental Group always explain treatment options and get input from dental patients during the planning process so that they can meet and exceed dental treatment goals.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY WITH PORCELAIN CROWNS AND VENEERS BY MCCARL DENTISTS FEATURED ON NATIONAL DENTAL WEBSITE!

February 18, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Crowns and Bridges by McCarl Dental Group

The dentists at McCarl Dental Group were among the first dentists in the Annapolis, Severna Park and Washington, DC area to learn and implement the techniques of the highest quality aesthetic dental restorations with porcelain crowns and veneers. The Drs. McCarl began their advanced post-doctorate training in cosmetic dentistry in the 1980s as these techniques were being invented and regularly attend continuing education for training in all of the latest restorative and cosmetic dental procedures and dental products. Successful cosmetic dental cases, whether a full-arch restoration or matching a single anterior porcelain crown or veneer, require extensive knowledge and planning as well as a high level of technical skill. McCarl dentists fully integrate art and science of dentistry with patient centered dental treatment.

With the iTero digital scanner, Drs. McCarl are able to use laser and optical scanning to digitally capture three-dimensional (3D) virtual images of tooth preparations so that all dental restorations  including porcelain crowns and veneers are perfectly shaped with a precision fit.  The iTero scanner captures 100,000 points of red laser light which creates perfect focus images of more than 300 focal depths of the tooth structure. Digital scanning also eliminates problems associated with traditional impressions including errors caused by air bubbles, tray movement, inadequate tray adhesive, or distortion.  This is a “win-win” situation for our patients because in addition to increased precision, digital scanning is more comfortable than traditional dental impressions.  These images are sent via high speed cable to our dental laboratory, BECDEN.  All of the information that we provide to our dental laboratory is confidential, secure and protected consistent with HIPPA standards. In addition to digital impressions, our dentists send very detailed information for each dental patient, including the patient’s goals for their smile makeover.  We provide photographs of the prepared teeth, facial photographs, study models with detailed descriptions, bite registration, and amount of incisal translucency and surface texture desired.

At McCarl Dental Group, we feature the latest technology, combined with twenty-five years of post-doctorate education and three generations of experience in caring for your smile. Please visit our website http://www.mccarldental.com or http://www.dtidental.com/ourlabs/becden/welcome.html to see cosmetic dentistry with porcelain crowns and veneers by McCarl dentists.

HOW WE COMBINE TECHNIQUE, TECHNOLOGY AND ARTISTRY TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL PORCELAIN CROWNS AND VENEERS AT MCCARL DENTAL GROUP

January 14, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Crowns and Bridges,Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Most people realize that is important for a dentist to combine technique, technology and artistry, but dental lab technicians working behind the scenes must also share this talent.  At McCarl Dental Group, virtually all of our patient’s crowns are fabricated at BECDEN Dental Laboratory.  We researched dental labs across the country and found that BECDEN delivers consistent excellence. When we submit a case to BECDEN, we send digital impressions and sometimes study models.  We also include digital photographs of our patients with specific instructions to help the lab create the longest lasting and most life-like restoration possible. BECDEN treats every case with the utmost care and frequently calls to consult with McCarl Dentists to discuss techniques that will provide the most natural appearance of the restoration for our patients.  Please visit our website at www.McCarlDental.com to see our Smile Gallery featuring beautiful smiles by McCarl Dental Group with porcelain crowns and veneers fabricated by BECDEN Laboratory.

Advancements in technology have never come at a more rapid pace in dentistry than they are now and dental laboratories must invest in research and development to provide the highest quality.  All-porcelain restorations (those without metal in them) used for cosmetic dentistry require very sophisticated design software and pressing ovens, which are not affordable to all dental laboratories.  CAD/CAM — computerized milling of crowns is the direction technology is following, yet this technology still requires highly skilled technicians to create the computer design and finesse the milled restoration.

There are many ways to make a crown. Porcelain can be added as one color only, all at once, and fired in the furnace, or can be added in layers with a variety of colors to more closely mimic natural teeth. The labor time and skill level are considerably higher in the latter case. Like excellent dentists, high quality dental technicians are artists, using their color palette of wet porcelains to copy the shade and shape chosen by the dentist. They use a technique called “layering” in which they bake the porcelain in the shape of the tooth and then “cut it back” and layer in different shades of porcelain which adds vitality to the crown.

“Crowns in an hour” that are processed in a dental office are time savers, but are monochromatic which means one solid color throughout the crown. This can be fine for posterior teeth that are not visible when a patient smiles, but would never be appropriate for a front tooth.

The quality of the porcelain also significantly affects the appearance of dental crowns. There are numerous porcelains on the market with a vast price range. The highest quality porcelains have the finest grain size, which creates a more aesthetic and natural appearance. The high end, fine grain porcelains also prevent wearing away of the enamel of the opposing teeth, which is frequently a problem with lower cost porcelain.

Dental laboratories can choose from a variety of metals, from those with no gold at all to percentages of gold up to 88%. The lower quality and cost metals often have high percentages of silver.  This is problematic because up to 80% of females have allergic reactions to silver. High quality dentists and laboratories use metals with 50% or more gold for aesthetic and biocompatibility reasons.

Choosing an excellent dental laboratory is one of the many steps we take at McCarl Dental Group to assure that our patients receive the very highest quality dental work.  We always want to keep our patients smiling!

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A CROWN ON A FRONT TOOTH WITH A DARK LINE AT THE GUM?

December 27, 2009 in Dental Crowns and Bridges,Dentistry by McCarl Dental Group

This problem is almost nonexistent with today’s new high tech materials. For more challenging cosmetic problems, a good choice often involves porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns.  They are beautiful, natural, and allow a person to regain confidence in their smile.

Missing teeth are also restored in a variety of different ways, ranging from dental implants and dentures to bridgework.  The options are truly exciting for people who have endured uncomfortable and unsightly dental work for many years.  The results are absolutely rejuvenating!  We are seeing an increase in patients who are requesting dental implants.  With  Panorex digital x-rays and IMTEC minimally invasive dental implants, dental implants have never been more convenient or cost effective. Patients have been excited about our special invitation in the Greenbelt News Review for a complementary 30 minute consultation for Greenbelt MD Dental Implants.  We will soon extend this same offer for Millersville, Annapolis and Severna Park dental implants.

For your Greenbelt, Annapolis and Severna Park porcelain veneers and crowns, please visit McCarl Dental Group — we specialize in healthy, beautiful and confident smiles!