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By Advanced Dental Concepts
July 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridges  

Don‘t let damaged or missing teeth keep you from the smile you used to have.

Restorative dentistry has been giving people back a beautiful smile and it could do the same for you. If you are suffering from damaged crowns and bridgesor missing teeth, it’s time you found out whether you could benefit from getting dental crowns and bridges from our Andover, MA dentist, Dr. Richard Hopgood.

What are dental crowns?

This tooth-shaped hollow cap is designed to cover over a tooth to protect it from further damage, decay, etc. In essence, the crown becomes the outer protective layer of the tooth and is designed to rebuild the tooth so it’s stronger and more attractive. Our Andover general dentist will often recommend a dental crown when:

  • A tooth is cracked
  • A tooth is severely malformed or misshapen
  • A tooth has undergone root canal therapy
  • You need to cover a dental implant

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap where one or more missing teeth were. A bridge consists of two dental crowns on either side that cover over natural neighboring teeth to anchor the false teeth in the middle into place. While dental bridges are often anchored into place by natural teeth, they can also be supported by dental implants.

What are the benefits of these dental restorations?

As you may already be able to guess, there are many benefits to choosing to get dental crowns and bridges in Andover, including:

  • A restored smile
  • Chewing and speaking are also restored
  • Preventing teeth from shifting out of place
  • Maintaining your face’s natural shape
  • Preventing further damage or deterioration
  • An improved appearance

Our goal at Advanced Dental Concepts is to give everyone in Andover, MA the smiles they deserve. Don’t let damaged teeth affect your appearance or confidence. Call our office today to schedule your much-needed appointment.


By Advanced Dental Concepts
July 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health
3ThingstoConsiderforLoweringYourChildsRiskforCavities

From the moment your child's first tooth appears, usually between six and nine months, you need to be concerned about Early Childhood Caries (ECC). This particular form of tooth decay can have a devastating effect on primary (baby) teeth and lead to their premature demise. Losing one before its time could adversely affect how the future permanent tooth comes in.

You can help prevent ECC with daily brushing and cleaning, regular dental visits (beginning around their first birthday) and limiting the sugar they eat. Here are 3 more things to consider for boosting your prevention efforts.

Breastfeeding. Pediatricians generally recommend breastfeeding if possible for a baby's overall health, including dental development. And although breast milk contains fermentable carbohydrates that boost bacterial growth, it no more promotes tooth decay than similar foods and beverages. That said, though, once the child begins to eat and drink other foods and beverages, the combination of sugars in them and breast milk could increase the bacteria that causes ECC. This is another good reason to wean the child from breast milk as they begin to eat more solid foods.

Bottles and pacifiers. It's quite common for parents and caregivers to soothe a fussing or crying baby with a bottle filled with formula, milk or juice for sipping, or even a pacifier dipped in jam, sugar or some form of sweetener. But these practices can create an environment that promotes high acid production from bacteria feeding on the sugars. Instead, avoid giving them a “prop-up” bottle filled with liquids containing sugar and try to limit bottle use to mealtimes. And provide them pacifiers without sugary additives if you use them.

Medicines. Children with chronic illnesses or other needs often take medication containing sugar or with antihistamines that reduce the flow of acid-neutralizing saliva. If the medications can't be altered, then it's extra important for you to practice diligent, daily hygiene to reduce the effect of higher mouth acid.

If you would like more information on dental disease prevention in babies and young children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Age One Dental Visit: Why it's Important for Your Baby.”


By Advanced Dental Concepts
July 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”