Posts for: August, 2013

Even though there are many advancements in dental care these days, many of our patients in Santa Cruz are still losing teeth whether it is from poor hygiene or from trauma. For many years, the only options for replacing teeth were dentures or crowns and bridges. Today, dental implants are available from Dr. E. John Baron, your Santa Cruz dentist. 
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The dental implant procedure is a multi-step process that involves placing metal anchors into the bone of the jaw, allowing the anchor and bone to fuse, placing an extension in the anchor, and fixing a prosthetic tooth, or crown, on the extension. Dental Implants Santa Cruz CA
Dental implants are a popular restorative dental solution because of their durability, stability and natural looking appearance. And while there are numerous dental options available for restoring missing teeth, none have proven to be as effective, convenient and natural-looking as implants. Unlike traditional dentures that slip or move, implants improve patient confidence and convenience because implants are permanently affixed to the jawbone. Our Santa Cruz patients will never have to worry about embarrassing slips or messy adhesives ever again. 
Unlike other restorative dental solutions, dental implants: 
  • Preserve facial structure
  • Improve speech
  • Don’t compromise neighboring teeth
  • Prevent progressive bone loss
  • Allow for normal eating
  • Look and feel like natural teeth
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Durable and long-lasting
Whether your tooth loss is caused by decay, years of wear and tear or serious trauma, dental implants can help you get your smile back. You’ll gain the ability to eat normally, you will restore your confidence, and your quality of life will be greatly improved. No other restorative procedure replaces the entire missing tooth and preserves bone like dental implants. Don’t compromise your health and well-being any longer. Talk to Dr. Baron in Santa Cruz today and find out if dental implants are a good fit for you. Are you a patient in Santa with missing teeth? 

August 15, 2013
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What is a Crown and why a Crown instead of a Filling?

A crown is a replacement for the visible part of a tooth.  If a tooth has been compromised and has a lot of it missing, then a crown can be placed on the remaining tooth structure to prevent future damage and the tooth is restored to its original shape and appearance.  If there is a significant tooth crack, it may be suggested to do a crown so this crack cannot extend resulting in loss of the tooth. The crown will act like a plaster on a broken arm.

Crowns completely surround the remaining tooth, structurally bracing it, making the tooth crown combination stronger than the damaged tooth on its own.

Teeth may be broken due to being fractured, having dental decay or are just “worn” down. If large fillings are present then a tooth becomes more likely to fracture and a crown may be suggested.

A filling basically fills in a hole that has been made in a tooth after removing decay from it. If the hole is small enough, a filling will suffice to restore it to normal function and appearance.  Although a filling does have limitations, the filling does not really make a tooth stronger.  The tooth must be able to function under normal biting stresses with whatever structural parts of the tooth are left intact.  But, if the size of the filling becomes large, making the tooth more filling than tooth, then the tooth would have more strength and a better long-term prognosis being restored with a crown.  Filling it is like comparing trying to fill an eggshell with cement.     

E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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