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By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
January 20, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Your smile is a fantastic part of who you are as a person. A damaged smile can cause you to lack self-confidence and even shy away from social interaction. Dr. Daniel Jurgens and Dr. Carol Cunningham with The Gentle Art of Dentistry want to help improve your smile. One of the best ways is to have dental crowns in Decatur, IL, placed on teeth that need protection or work. If you are thinking of having a dental crown put in your mouth, here are some benefits that you can look forward to after the procedure.

The Advantages of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns in Decatur, IL at an easy method of bringing a tooth back to health. Teeth that are cracked, chipped, or are heavy in decay are prime candidates for dental crowns.

  • A dental crown helps strengthen a tooth that has been weakened by trauma or decay from poor dental hygiene.
  • A crown can also protect a tooth from further damage since the material is resistant to stains and decay.
  • Dental crowns are used after a root canal as part of the protection of the area.
  • A crown is a great way to hold a cracked tooth together. The crown fits over the top of a prepared area and serves to hold things together.
  • Crowns are uniquely made to match the rest of your teeth. Each crown is fashioned to match the size and color of the surrounding teeth.
  • They are used when dental implant anchors are placed in your mouth.
  • They last up to 15 years if taken care of properly.

A dental crown procedure is one of the best ways to protect your existing teeth and give you an excellent smile for years to come. Dr. Jurgens and Dr. Cunningham with The Gentle Art of Dentistry know all about dental crowns in Decatur, IL. He is available to answer all of your questions. If you are looking to set your next appointment, please call us today at (217) 422-7448 and let us get to work for you.

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
August 19, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Gentle Art of Dentistry offers crowns to replace teeth and restore smiles. Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens can help when you have a damaged or decayed tooth with a dental crown in Decatur, IL. Keep reading about crowns and come see us to find out if this is the right tooth replacement option for you.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are custom restorations milled from a ceramic material that can replace damaged teeth. When a tooth is decayed or damaged it can be reshaped, and a crown sits on top of the remaining tooth to replace it. They are a strong and beautiful tooth replacement, custom-designed to blend in perfectly with your smile.

Getting a crown

When you need a dental crown in Decatur, IL, your dentist will first prepare your tooth. If you have decay, it will all be drilled away. If you have suffered trauma like a crack or a chip, the tooth will be filed past the crack so that only a healthy and strong tooth structure remains.

Molds are taken from your mouth and newly prepared tooth. You may wear a temporary tooth cap while your custom crown is being made. This may not match your teeth perfectly but keeps your smile functional. At a final appointment, your custom crown is cemented into place and you leave the office with a new tooth!

Caring for crowns

When you have crowns or restorations in your mouth, they are pretty easy to care for. You just need to keep up a great oral hygiene routine at home and come in for regular dental visits. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling professional teeth cleaning appointments twice a year. This makes sure you won't get a buildup of plaque and ensures you'll have regular exams. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect your new tooth from damage.

Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens are here for you at Gentle Art of Dentistry when you need a dental crown in Decatur, IL. Contact us for an appointment at (217) 422-7448.

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
March 19, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   Porcelain Veneers  

Improving your smile may be simpler than you might think, thanks to porcelain veneers. Your Decatur, IL, dentists, Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens of the Gentle Art of Dentistry in  Decatur, IL, use veneers to address a variety of cosmetic issues.

Porcelain veneers hide flaws and imperfections

Veneers are thin porcelain shells attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement. Although they're only about as thick as a fingernail, veneers offer a very effective way to keep flaws out of sight.

Unlike some other cosmetic dentistry services, porcelain veneers don't require extensive changes to your teeth. In fact, your dentist may only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure a comfortable, natural fit. During your first veneer visit to the Decatur, IL, dental office, your dentist will also make an impression of your teeth, which the dental lab techs will use as a guide when creating your porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers can help you:

  • Hide Minor Damage: Veneers offer a simple solution if you have small chips or shallow gaps that don't affect the structural integrity of your teeth. Applying a veneer to a damaged tooth instantly improves its appearance.
  • Conceal Flaws: Bumps or pits in your tooth enamel, even if they're minor, can be very noticeable. Veneers make flaws and imperfections disappear.
  • Close Slight Gaps: Orthodontic treatment isn't the only way to improve the appearance of gaps between teeth. In fact, porcelain veneers may a good option if you have a minor gap between your front teeth.
  • Whiten Teeth: Whether you have a discolored tooth or want to whiten your entire smile, veneers can help you perfect your smile. Veneers are available in many shades of white and are resistant to stains from foods and beverages.
  • Make Over an Unattractive Tooth: Veneers can also improve the appearance of a crooked or oddly shaped tooth or make a short tooth a little longer. Thanks to veneers, your teeth will look much more uniform.

Upgrade your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your dentists in Decatur, IL, Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Jurgens of Gentle Art of Dentistry, at (217) 422-7448 to schedule your appointment.

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
January 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Have you been thinking about improving your smile? Veneers provide a perfect solution whether your teeth are damaged, discolored or oddly shaped. The restorations, offered by your Decatur, IL, dentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham, conceal many common types of tooth flaws, enhancing your smile.

How do veneers work?

Veneers are thin porcelain or plastic shells that attach to the fronts of teeth where flaws are most visible. The restorations adhere to your teeth with dental cement and conceal imperfections.

Before you receive veneers, our Decatur dentist will remove a tiny amount of enamel from your teeth to ensure that your new veneers fit well and look natural. She'll also send an impression of your mouth to the dental laboratory that will create your custom restorations.

Are veneers right for you?

Veneers offer a simple way to hide many types of flaws that can affect your smile. Your dentist may recommend them if you have minor damage to your teeth, such as a small chip or shallow crack. Veneers can also conceal pits, bumps or uneven surfaces.

Thanks to veneers, you can completely change the way a tooth looks. They're a good choice if you have a crooked tooth that doesn't require orthodontic treatment. Shape-changing veneers not only make a crooked tooth look straight but can improve the appearance of any oddly shaped tooth.

Do you have a few teeth that are too short? Whether the teeth have always been short, or you've noticed that they've gradually grown shorter since you've been grinding your teeth at night, veneers add a little extra length.

Gaps between teeth are a common complaint. Although the spaces may not affect your ability to chew, they can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Veneers offer a simple way to close slight gaps between your teeth.

Veneers can be made to match the exact shade of nearby teeth or whiten your smile. They're a good option if you want to brighten all of your teeth or have a dark or discolored tooth due to large fillings, dental procedures or the use of certain antibiotics.

Are you ready to renew your smile with veneers? Call your Decatur, IL, dentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham, at (217) 422-7448 to schedule an appointment.