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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns   Bridges  

When you have smile gaps or tooth structures compromised by decay, injury or infection, you may need a dental crown or bridgework. Dr. Kathryn Winkel provides both in her Midland, MI, practice. Why not ask your dentist if these restorations would help you?

What is a dental crown?

A custom-made jacket of high-grade ceramic, a dental crown completely covers a damaged tooth right to the gum line. It looks, bites and feels perfectly natural, and it's a great alternative to dental extraction and the problems losing a tooth causes.

To verify if a crown is appropriate for your situation, your dentist will examine your tooth and take some digital X-rays. If you should receive a crown, your procedure will happen right in Dr. Winkel's Midland, MI, office.

Crown preparation involves:

  • Oral impressions
  • Removal of damaged tooth structure
  • Enamel reduction

At a dental lab, a ceramist will create your crown, shaping it and coloring it to fit over your tooth and to bite with teeth on the teeth above or below it. When your permanent crown is ready, Dr. Winkel will bond it onto your prepared tooth.

Lastly, crowns complete dental implants--today's most realistic tooth replacement. Also, when a tooth is so injured it requires pulp extraction through root canal therapy, a crown finishes that procedure, conferring permanent durability and aesthetics.

What is bridgework?

Bridgework is a traditional way to replace one or more missing teeth. Pontic, or artificial, teeth attach to porcelain crowns seated on natural teeth neighboring a smile gap.

Just like single crowns, bridges are custom-crafted to your unique dentition. Lifelike porcelain is the material of choice for both the pontics and crowns.

Also like single crowns, your bridge will require enamel reduction on the abutment teeth. Your dentist will cement the bridge in place using a high-tech adhesive.

Caring for crowns and bridges

Meticulous brushing and flossing avoids tartar and plaque accumulation, decay around crown margins and gum disease. Also, see Dr. Winkel every six months for a cleaning and check-up, including an assessment of your prosthetics.

Finally, avoid the excessive forces exerted by hard foods, such as peanut brittle and candy apples. And, if you grind or clench your teeth, Dr. Winkel may suggest a mouthguard be worn at night.

Find out more

Crowns and bridges fully restore smiles. Don't put up with failing or missing teeth. Have a complete, healthy smile. Let your dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel show you how. Phone the office in Midland, MI, for a consultation: (989) 631-6680.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
May 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Needing tooth replacement? Are you unsure of your choices? In Midland, MI, many patients benefit from innovative dental implants by Dr. Kathryn Winkel. Stable and realistic, these artificial teeth act, look and feel totally natural. Patients literally cannot distinguish them from their real teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a complete artificial tooth. It is composed of three parts:

  1. A titanium screw surgically placed into the jaw bone where the natural tooth once resided
  2. A metal alloy post, or abutment
  3. A custom-fabricated porcelain crown

After Dr. Winkel inserts the implant into the empty socket, the device bonds with the jaw bone. This action is called osseointegration. It takes some weeks to months, but once finished, it forms a stable foundation for the implant restoration.

Also, the more the implant is used, the stronger the bond becomes. This feature is unique to dental implants. Conventional tooth replacements, such as partial dentures, do nothing to strengthen the underlying hard or soft tissues.

Amazing implant benefits

A simple exam and three-dimensional scan at Dr. Winkel's Midland office details your suitability for dental implant placement. Most healthy teens and adults can receive implants if they have enough bone in their jaws. Bone grafting procedures augment the jaw in the event that bone is weak or thin.

After you complete your implant procedure, you will enjoy these unique benefits:

  1. One and it's done. In other words, once you receive a dental implant, it will serve you for the rest of your life. The success rate is up to 95 percent, reports Healthline.
  2. Easy brushing and flossing. Take care of your implants just as you do your natural teeth.
  3. Fuller facial features due to strong bone structure and healthy gum tissue.
  4. Clear speech with no denture clicking or slippage.
  5. Expert placement and aftercare for your dental implants by your dentist in Midland, MI.
  6. One-time expense. While your crown or implant-supported denture appliance will require replacement after ten years or so, your implant(s) will stay put indefinitely.
  7. A diet with no limitations. Hard foods. Soft foods. Eat whatever healthy choices you enjoy.
  8. A wonderful smile. No one but you and your dentist will know you have dental implants.

Transform your smile

It can happen with dental implants from Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI. Learn more about their unique benefits by calling (989) 631-6680 to arrange your personalized consultation.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Have you been thinking about replacing a missing tooth? Dental implants offered by your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkle, provide implantsan effective, long-term restoration option.

One and done

In most cases, your dental implant can last the rest of your life. Implants are small titanium posts that replace your roots. They're placed inside your jawbone after your Midland dentist makes a small opening in the bone during a minor procedure.

During the next three to six months, your implant bonds to the surrounding bone and becomes just as strong as your original root. The implant is topped with a dental crown once bonding occurs. The crown completes the restoration of your tooth, improves your appearance, and makes biting and chewing easier. With proper care, most dental implants never need to be replaced.

Comfort and convenience

Dentures and bridges can be uncomfortable if they don't fit well. Every time, you take a bite, your restoration may press against your gums painfully. When you receive a dental implant, your new crown is securely attached to your implant and won't move, slip or hurt your gums when you eat. People who receive implants often report that their new teeth feel just like their natural teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent option if you wear dentures. Implant-supported dentures don't move when you eat and won't reduce your biting power. They're usually connected directly to implants or to a metal framework attached to the implants. If your dentures are permanently attached to your implants, you'll only have to brush them to keep them clean.

Implant-supported dentures can be attached to your jawbone with as few as four dental implants per arch in some cases.

Stronger jawbone

Many people don't realize how missing teeth can affect their jawbones. All bones, including your jawbone, need constant stimulation to remain strong. Pressure from your tooth roots stimulates your jawbone, keeping it strong.

When you lose one or more teeth, the jawbone may begin to shrink. Eventually, loose teeth and facial sagging can occur. Dental implants are just as effective as your natural roots in providing jawbone stimulation and can help you avoid these unpleasant consequences.

Complete your smile with dental implants! Call your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkle, at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crown  

Damaged teeth detract from your smile and make chewing a much more complicated process. Dental crowns, offered by your Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel, offer a simple way to protect fragile teeth or restore fractured teeth.

Crowns protect and stabilize damaged teeth

Dental crowns prevent damage from worsening and restore teeth that have fractured or broken. A crown covers the part of a tooth that's visible above your gum line. Your dentist places the restoration over your tooth once it's been prepared and cements it in place.

Preparing the tooth ensures that the crown fits comfortably and looks at home in your mouth. Crowns are made of materials that can withstand 10 to 15 years of biting and chewing, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and resin.

Your Midland dentist may recommend a crown if a tooth is cracked, crumbling or fragile due to trauma or a dental procedure, such as a large filling or root canal therapy. If you don't cover your at-risk tooth with a crown, it may break or fracture one day.

Crowns also restore teeth that have broken or fractured. Breaks can occur if you don't add a crown to a fragile tooth but may also be caused by a blow to the mouth, a fall or a car accident. Although you may be primarily concerned about your appearance after you break a tooth, broken teeth can be painful and may make chewing difficult. Crowns end your pain, restore your smile and make eating easier.

Dental crowns improve your appearance

In addition to protecting and restoring damaged teeth, crowns can also change the way teeth look. Do you have a tooth that has a particularly strange shape? Crowns transform oddly shaped teeth but also offer an effective way to straighten a crooked or twisted tooth.

Discolored teeth can be a problem if your tooth has been injured in the past or you took certain antibiotics as a child. Crowns hide the discoloration from view and are crafted to match the shade of your other teeth exactly. The restoration is also an excellent option if you want to extend the length of a short tooth.

Could you benefit from dental crowns? Call your Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant DiagramThanks to dental implants, it's now possible to restore your entire missing tooth. Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel helps her patients improve and restore their smiles with dental implants and other treatments and services.

What are dental implants?

Creating your new tooth starts with adding a dental implant to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The titanium implant serves as a replacement root and immediately begins bonding to your jawbone. By the end of three to six months, the implant will be just as strong and secure as your natural roots.

When your Midland dentist is satisfied with your progress, she'll make an impression of your mouth, which will be used to create a dental crown. Dental crowns fill in the gap of your smile, but they're not merely decorative. Once the crown is attached to the implant, you'll be able to chew normally with your new tooth.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants may not be recommended if you are a smoker, as smoking can slow healing. You'll also need to be in good oral health. Your dentist may recommend treating tooth or gum conditions before proceeding with an implant. Good gum health is particularly important, as your gums help hold your teeth and your new crown in place.

Your dentist will evaluate the depth of your jawbone as part of your pre-implant evaluation. If your jawbone isn't deep enough to adequately support your implant, it may ultimately become loose or even fall out. Luckily, a shallow jawbone doesn't have to prevent you from receiving a dental implant. Adding bone grafts to your jawbone will increase depth, allowing you to proceed with the implant process.

Good oral hygiene is particularly important when you have a dental implant. Although your new tooth may not be real, you'll still need to brush it and floss around the base carefully to prevent an infection. If you're a dedicated brusher and flosser, you'll have no trouble caring for your implants.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel at (989) 631-6680 to schedule your appointment.