In order to keep our teeth healthy, we must care for them daily by brushing and flossing. The simple act of cleaning our teeth, helps protect them from harmful bacteria, which can cause tooth decay and even gum disease. Thus, it is important that your homecare is the best that it can be, which is why your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, has put together the following list of homecare tips. (more…)
Have you lost a tooth recently? Are you looking for a replacement for your missing tooth? If so, dental implants may be the answer to your dental problems. Dental implants are very popular among patients and dentists alike and are often referred to as the “gold standard” for tooth replacement. To learn more about dental implants, consult the list below provided by your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen. (more…)
A broken tooth can cause quite a shock. After all, we think of our teeth as strong and don’t expect them to become damaged. However, sometimes wear and decay can weaken them to the point that they suffer structural damage, necessitating a dental crown. By traditional methods, this would mean a process of several dental visits during which the crown would be created at an off-site lab from a mold of the damaged tooth. However, CEREC crowns have revolutionized the process of receiving a dental crown. To learn more, read the information below provided by your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen. (more…)
Do you know what gum disease looks like? Many people do not. However, with the devastating potential of gum disease, it is important that you be able to recognize it so that you can receive prompt care upon discovering it. To learn the symptoms of gum disease, read the information below from your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen. (more…)
The tooth enamel coating our teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. Unfortunately, despite the strength of our outer enamel, teeth can still become cracked, chipped, or riddled with decay. When this occurs, your Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, may recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth and prevent infection. In today’s blog, Dr. Van Wicklen discusses the restorative capabilities of dental crowns and explains how a breakthrough technology allows our office to offer same day crowns.
Over time, our teeth can become stained with embarrassing discoloration. In order to brighten your teeth, your Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, offers a professional teeth whitening solution. In today’s blog, Dr. Van Wicklen discusses the benefits of our innovative at-home whitening procedure. He also explains how dental bonding and porcelain veneers can mask the appearance of permanent teeth stains.
Do you feel good about your smile? Recently, Wakefield Research conducted a study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists asking a similar question. The study revealed over a third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Unfortunately, due to their hectic schedules, most people assume they don’t have time to improve the appearance of their smile. Thankfully, with porcelain veneers patients can transform their smile in as little as two visits. In today’s blog, your Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, explains how porcelain veneers can provide instant smile rejuvenation.
Dental fillings can repair the damage done to a tooth by bacteria. But just how important are they? And what happens if a dental filling is not placed? Get the answers to these questions and more below as your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, discusses the important role dental fillings play in restoring oral health. (more…)
When a tooth becomes seriously damaged, it can still be restored by a dental crown. These restorative devices are sometimes called caps, owing to the way that they fit over the top of a damaged tooth to add strength. But how much do you really know about dental crowns. Take the quiz below from your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, and put your knowledge to the test. (more…)
Dental crowns are a common and time-honored treatment for repairing and protecting teeth that have been structurally compromised. As a replica of your tooth’s upper portion (also called a crown), a dental crown is placed over the tooth and acts as a shield, or in some cases, a cosmetic improvement to a severely unsightly tooth. With CEREC technology from your Austin dentist, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, you can even have your expertly-crafted dental crown placed in just one visit, restoring and improving your smile with less of a demand on your busy schedule.
The Need for a Dental Crown
Trouble with your teeth isn’t like trouble with other areas of your body. Unlike bones and other body tissues, your teeth can’t repair themselves in the aftermath of dental damage or disease. Using a dental crown to hold a cracked or fractured tooth together is a common practice, as is placing a dental crown over a tooth that has been excavated to remove tooth decay. A dental filling is placed after the excavation to replace the lost tooth structure; however, a dental crown is often placed as well to protect the compromised tooth from the stress of everyday use. In severe cases, such as tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction, a dental crown can be placed on top of a dental implant to replace the tooth and restore your mouth’s beauty and function. (more…)