Posts Categorized: Restorative Dentistry

Dental Fillings: For the Holes in Your Teeth

A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by decay, and if left untreated, the infection can completely consume the tooth until it falls out or requires an extraction. Before it becomes so severe, however, Dr. Van Wicklen can usually treat mild to moderate cavities with restorative dental fillings. A dental filling describes cleaning… Read more »

You Broke a Tooth. Now What?

You’ve clenched and ground your teeth until one of them broke, or tooth decay weakened your tooth enough that the right amount of pressure caused it to break. Or, perhaps you were in an accident, or a fight, and your tooth broke from blunt force trauma. Regardless of how it happened, your tooth broke, and… Read more »

What is a CEREC Dental Crown?

Many people have had or will need a dental crown placed over a tooth at some point in their lives. By duplicating your tooth, Dr. Van Wicklen can help restore damaged or unhealthy tooth structure without having to extract it or work on it extensively. In the past, placing a dental crown required at least… Read more »

Have You Lost a Tooth? Your Austin TX Dentist Can Help.

Losing a tooth can be very alarming. After all, once you are past your primary teeth, there are no replacements left for adult teeth. However, if you have lost a tooth, don’t fret. Your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, can replace it with a lifelike prosthetic that can blend in with your natural… Read more »

Discrete Dental Fillings from Your Austin Dentist

The Popularity of White Dental Fillings The dental filling is one of the most common dental restorations today, and has been for over a century and a half. Today, dental fillings are crafted to do more than just restore a compromised tooth; they’re often designed to blend in perfectly with a tooth’s natural color to… Read more »

How Long Does a Dental Crown Last? Austin Dentist Answers

Dental restorations, including crowns, are not meant to last a lifetime.While many patients have reported having their crowns for 15 years without any trouble, others might need a replacement crown much sooner. Many factors can cause crowns to fail. Thankfully, replacing a crown is common and quite easy. Factors that Attribute to Crown Failure

Austin, TX Dentist Discusses One-Visit Dental Crowns

In the past, manufacturing dental crowns required the use of a ceramics lab; yet, with the help of CEREC technology, neither the patient nor the doctor needs to wait for dental restorations. It’s now possible to create one-visit dental crownswith an in-office milling machine. To explain how CEREC technology works to create one-visit dental crowns,… Read more »

Austin TX Dentist: Three Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

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… Read more »

Austin Dentist Restores Teeth with Dental Crowns

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… Read more »

Austin Dentist Answers FAQs About Porcelain Veneers

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… Read more »