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By Advanced Dental Concepts
August 19, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

If you're concerned about a damaged tooth or want to improve the appearance of your smile, dental crowns provide an excellent solution. Your dentist in Andover, MA, Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, offers dental crowns.

How dental crowns work

Crowns, also called caps, fit over the top of teeth, covering them completely. Made of durable materials like porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and resin, crowns are designed to last 10 years or longer.

When you visit us for your dental crown, your dentist in Andover, MA, will make your tooth a little smaller. Decreasing the size of the tooth makes it easier for the crown to fit comfortably. Your dentist will also make an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to dental laboratory technicians who will create your new crowns. You'll need to wear temporary crowns until your permanent ones are ready in about two weeks. Permanent crowns are attached to your teeth using dental cement.

The many ways crowns can help your smile

Your dentist may recommend dental crowns if you have any of these tooth issues:

  • Damaged Teeth: Have you broken one or more of your teeth? A dental crown can replace lost tooth structure and restore the natural appearance and function of your teeth.
  • Fragile Teeth: Fragile teeth can break very easily. Luckily, adding a crown to a weak or fragile tooth can help prevent breaks from happening. Your tooth can become fragile due to a crack, a large filling, or root canal therapy. As you age, your teeth may become brittle, making them more likely to break.
  • Lost Teeth: Dental crowns are also used to replace missing teeth. They can anchor bridges and be paired with dental implants to create brand-new synthetic teeth.
  • Appearance Issues: A crown may be a good option if a tooth is discolored, short, or oddly shaped. Have a few of your teeth become shorter due to wear and tear or grinding while you sleep? Crowns improve the look of your smile.

Transform your smile with dental crowns! Call your Andover, MA, dentist, Dr. Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, at (978) 475-2431 to schedule your appointment.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
June 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

You've spent time and money on your dentures, you like the result, and you want to maintain them so that they serve you well and last for as long as possible. At Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, Massachusetts (MA), Dr. Richard Hopgood offers splendid denture options and shows people how to take care of them.

Tooth loss hurts

We're not talking about physical pain here, but something else--the loss of personal appearance and oral function and the grief which accompanies them. Dr. Hopgood at Advanced Dental Concepts understands these emotions as he and his caring team see patients experience them.

So, they offer today's best tooth-replacement solutions, including custom-crafted removable and implant-supported dentures. A careful examination and digital imaging help you and your dentist determine which denture is right for you.

Types of dentures include:

  • Partial dentures made of acrylic and metal. These removable appliances replace one or more teeth and are held in place by metal clasps.

  • Immediate full dentures. They replace an entire arch of teeth right after dental extractions, enabling the patient to leave our Andover office with a completely functional and attractive smile. Usually, they must be replaced or relined after some months because the gums and jaw bond shrink in size.

  • Full conventional dentures. Placed after extractions sites have healed, these dentures stay in place with the suction created by the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.

  • Implant-supported overdentures. These prosthetics attach to multiple dental implants placed into the jaw bone. They optimize the personal appearance and improve the integrity of the jaw bone.

Caring for dentures

As with your natural teeth, Dr. Hopgood recommends that you brush your dentures twice daily. For removable prosthetics, use an ADA-approved denture soak to remove stains, plaque, and odors. Implant-supported dentures require flossing around implant sites. In either case, daily care of your dentures wards off decay and gum disease.

Additionally, denture patients visit Advanced Dental Concepts, every six months for an exam and cleaning. Dr. Hopgood will check the fit, bite, and condition of your denture and address concerns you may have about its performance and condition.

In the event you chip or break your denture, do not fix it yourself. Contact Dr. Hopgood right away for advice and an appointment.

Smile confidently again

You can when you care for your dentures. Contact Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, Massachusetts (MA), for more information about denture maintenance: (978) 475-2431.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 03, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Need a smile makeover? Here at Advanced Dental Concept in Andover, MA, your dentist, Dr. Richard Hopgood, uses porcelain veneers to correct a myriad of cosmetic problems such as stained, fractured, worn-down, crooked or gapped teeth. Read on to find out how this treatment can enhance your smile.

1. They can give you a celebrity smile - Porcelain veneers can give you the star-worthy smile you've always dreamed about. Porcelain veneers feel, look, and function in a natural fashion, thus allowing for a true smile makeover. You deserve a smile you truly love!

2. They can strengthen your teeth - Porcelain veneers can strengthen your weakened, damaged, or worn-down teeth, resisting any possible fracture due to their hardness. Once the porcelain veneers are bonded to your natural teeth, they are quite durable and long-lasting.

3. They can restore your broken teeth - Dental veneers are used to restore teeth that are fractured. If you have chipped or cracked teeth, dental veneers can cover them and restore their appearance and functionality. The dental veneer covers the front of the damaged tooth with a thicker section to replace the fractured part of the tooth.

4. They can fix your crooked teeth - For some people, having crooked teeth can affect their self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, in some cases, dental veneers can straighten your smile without the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment. A consultation with your dentist can determine if this is a possibility.

5. They can whiten your smile - Over time, teeth become yellow and stained. Tobacco use, certain medications, and pigments from certain beverages can all cause stains on your teeth. Porcelain veneers can give you the bright-white smile you want instantly. Unlike tooth enamel, porcelain veneers resist dental stains very well.

Smile! Porcelain veneers will look gorgeous on you. To schedule a consultation with your dentist, call Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, today by dialing (978) 475-2431.