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What is a tooth crown?

Getting a tooth crowned kind of sounds painful, doesn’t it? Just what exactly is a crown, what does it do, and when do you need one?

What is a tooth crown?

Basically, a crown is a tooth shaped cap designed to cover a tooth. It helps to restore the size, shape, strength, and aesthetic value of a tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, the crown covers the existing visible tooth from the gum line, and is cemented in place. Crowns come in a variety of appearances and materials ranging from stainless steel, to porcelain or ceramic. Below are a few of the purposes of crowns:

  • Tooth damage – If a tooth has been damaged by decay, cracked, or worn down, a crown can be added to help protect it. In some places, it can be added to cover a large filling where not much of the tooth remains, to help support it.
  • Bridge Support – A crown can be placed on either side of a gap, if an individual is missing a tooth or teeth, with the missing tooth or teeth in the middle.
  • Cosmetics – Crowns can be used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth. If a person has chipped front teeth from an injury, crowns can be used. They are also used to top off a dental implant.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding crowns or anything regarding dental care, contact Dr. Gray’s office to speak with someone or to schedule an appointment!

How do braces work?

Braces can be an excellent way to help straighten your teeth, and achieve a great smile. But, how do braces work anyway?

How do braces work?

Braces can be dated back to ancient times. In fact, archaeologists have found the mummified remains of people with metal bands stretch across their teeth. Even Cleopatra was known to have worn a type of dental aligners. Braces work by applying constant pressure to the teeth, which over time, will move the teeth to their desired position. As the tooth loosens to move to the new position, new bone will actually grow to support the tooth in its altered position. Today, there are different types of aligners, but we will look at the two most common.

  • Traditional wired metal – These aligners are stainless steel, and sometimes a combination of titanium is used. This traditional method is still the most common. These implement a metal bracket with rubber band ties that hold the wire on to the metal brackets. This method will require more frequent adjustments and cause a bit more tooth discomfort. Another method is self-aligning braces, which do not require the use of rubber bands, as the wire itself will go through the bracket. This method involves less discomfort and fewer adjustments are needed as with the first method.
  • Clear – This system involves clear, plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth to gently direct them into the desired position. Photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions are sent to a lab, where the aligners will be produced. With clear braces, you can remove them whenever you eat, brush, and floss. Since they are virtually invisible, most people will be unaware you have them. These will decrease dentist appointments and your discomfort level!

As always, if you have questions regarding tooth alignment, or are looking for a dentist in the Edmond area, please contact Dr. Gray’s office to schedule an appointment!

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Dentist Edmond: Come Visit Us At Our New Location!

Dentist Edmond: We Have Officially Moved!

Dr. Gray and his team have been so excited about the development of our new office building which began late 2016 and it has finally been completed. Each month we watched in anticipation as progress was made and with each passing month we got a little happier. Here’s a bit of a review of the progress that was made from the start to the completion of the project:

  • The construction to clear the land began the first week of November, 2016
  • We broke ground the second week of November, 2016
  • The concrete slab was poured in January, 2017
  • The parking lot was done by February, 2017
  • The exterior framework was up by March, 2017
  • The outside and the inside started coming together by June, 2017
  • The interior walls were being closed up by July, 2017
  • We were ready to move in at the end of August, 2017

It may seem like it has taken a long time, but in reality it has gone rather quickly and, honestly, we couldn’t be more thrilled about how it has all turned out.

Dr. Gray and the team have had the craziest last few weeks trying to pack and get the new place ready for all of our patients! Moving to this new office is such a transition for us, but we are delighted to have expanded and put in upgrades which will help us serve our patients even better. Whether you’re a new patient or an old one, if you’re looking for us in Edmond, never fear! We haven’t left you, we’re just in a new spot and we’re just about ready to start this new chapter.

If you’ve followed our dentist in Edmond, then you may already know all of this, but just in case you need it our new address is:

1617 E. Danforth Road
Edmond, OK 73034

Our projected opening date at the new place is on September 11th, 2017 and we hope to see your smiling faces there! To make an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, please feel free to give Dr. Gray’s team a call at 405-330-5458!

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A List Of Foods That Help Keep Teeth Clean: Part 1

Dentist Edmond: Revealing Natural Cleansers For Teeth

Many foods leave behind residue on your teeth, but did you know that when it comes to the cleanliness of your teeth that some foods could actually promote promote dental health? Yes, it is true! While there are several ways to maintain a healthy mouth, your diet can play a major role. In fact, there are so many beneficial foods to discuss that our dentist in Edmond is sharing just a handful of them with you, today.

Here is a list of 3 food types that our dentist in Edmond gathered from nutritional resources to share with you:

1.) Whole Grains: Real whole grains (such as bran, brown rice, whole-grain breads, whole-grain cereals, and whole-grain pasta) are high in fiber, contain B vitamins, and are rich in iron, which help keep gums healthy. High-fiber foods keeps saliva flowing, which helps create mineral defenses against tooth decay. Additionally, the magnesium inside is an important ingredient for bones and teeth.

2.) Animal Protein: When consumed in moderation meat is actually a good source of vital minerals for teeth. In fact, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, and fatty fish (like salmon) contain phosphorus which can help buffer acids in the mouth to keep teeth cleaner and it also helps keep teeth mineralized.

3.) Seeds: Some raw seeds are said to help reduce plaque and help build tooth enamel. Chia seeds and Sesame seeds are two of the top seeds that are known to be rich in calcium which is helpful for fortifying teeth. Sesame seeds, in particular, have been said to help remove streptococcus bacteria from the mouth, keeping teeth cleaner.

These are just 3 types of products that our dentist in Edmond wanted to share with you, but we have a few more to talk about in part two of this series.

An important side note from our dentist in Edmond would be that just because you start eating the “right” foods doesn’t mean that you can forego dental treatments if you want to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Regular cleanings and proper dental care is essential for the brightest smile, too!

If you’re looking to make an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, please give us a call at 405-330-5458.

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Dentist Edmond: The Possible Removal Of Wisdom Teeth

Dentist Edmond: When Wisdom Teeth Become Problematic

Third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth” are usually the last teeth that appear. The science varies on when these teeth usually grow for most people. As our dentist in Edmond will tell you, the truth is it’s just a matter of when it happens for you. Some people get their wisdom teeth at a young age, while some others get them in adulthood. If you don’t grow any, then you have nothing to worry about as this is just something that doesn’t happen for every person. The problem for those that do have them comes along when pain due to crowding or impacted wisdom teeth occurs.

Do you have crowding?

It can be damaging when wisdom teeth start growing in if there isn’t enough room for them to align properly. Even if they happen to grow in the upright position it’s possible for them to push the existing teeth forward. This can force some teeth to overlap or appear crooked. In these types of cases our dentist in Edmond would recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth to prevent further damage.

Are they impacted?

Impacted wisdom teeth are named as such, because they are blocked from growing in properly. Often, these teeth remain below the surface of the gums and lie horizontally rather than in the upright position. This is most likely due to not having enough room to grow. Allowing an impacted wisdom tooth to remain as is promotes plaque and bacteria to build up which can lead to the development of cavities. Additionally, infections can occur making it a much more painful experience. Of course, our dentist in Edmond would recommend removal of impacted wisdom teeth for the safety of our patient!

When your wisdom teeth become problematic don’t hesitate to give our dentist in Edmond a call. We look forward to providing the best dental care possible and getting your back to a state of comfort rather than pain.

To book an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, please give us a call at 405-330-5458 or click here.