Dentist Blog

Posts for: April, 2016

By Murphy Dental Group
April 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  

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.”

By Murphy Dental Group PLLC
April 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

How dental crowns can help your teeth and your smile

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are the perfect choice for you if you have teeth that are weakened from large, unsightly metal fillings. Metal fillings can actually weaken teeth and make them more prone to breaking. Thanks to new dental materials and techniques, dentalCrowns crowns are a state-of-the-art treatment to strengthen your teeth. Not only do they strengthen your teeth, but they are also cosmetically beautiful, actually enhancing your smile. Your dentists John M. Murphy, DMD and Patrick J. Murphy, DMD at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC in Milton, Massachusetts want you to know why dental crowns are right for you.

Large, bulky, unsightly metal fillings used to be the common solution for restoring teeth; but metal fillings can actually work as a wedge in your tooth, so if you bite on something just right, you can shear off a portion of your tooth, along with the filling.

Your dentists at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC want you to know that when they place a crown on your tooth, the crown functions as “armor” protecting your tooth and shielding it from biting forces and trauma.

Dental crowns are right for you if you have teeth that are:

  • Damaged and broken
  • Treated with a root canal
  • Worn down from aging
  • Traumatized from a bad bite

Dental crowns might also be right for you if you want to restore your smile to greatness by rejuvenating aging, dull, yellow teeth. You can also cosmetically straighten your teeth by placing crowns on teeth that are crowded, uneven or crooked.

There are several types of dental crowns. They can be made from gold, porcelain and metal, or all-porcelain. Your dentists at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC prefer to use the total porcelain crowns, they are super strong and aesthetically beautiful. They look and feel like your own teeth.  

Dental crowns are a great choice to strengthen your teeth, but they can also improve the look of your smile. You deserve a great smile, so don’t wait. Call your dentists at Murphy Dental Group PLLC in Milton, Massachusetts and find out more about why dental crowns are right for you. Call today!