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By Laura Elliff, DMD
December 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns are fixed dental appliances used for covering damaged teeth or implants. Here at Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, your dentists, Dr. Laura Elliff and Dr. Andrew Elliff, use these tooth-shaped covers or caps restoring a damaged or weakened toot’s function and strength as well as your smile’s appearance.

The dental crown placement entails taking an impression of the tooth to be treated after it has been reduced in size to ensure an accurate fit. When the crown is ready, it will be attached to your tooth using dental cement.

Why Your Dentist Might Suggest a Dental Crown

Generally speaking, dentists recommend crowns for repairing or treating these issues:

  • Chipped or fractured teeth that can’t be fixed with less complex dental treatments.
  • Discolored or oddly-shaped teeth that could work or look better with help from a crown.
  • To protect and cover an implant.
  • Lost teeth that will be restored by a dental bridge. Crowns will be needed for supporting the bridge in place.
  • Dental caries also called cavities or tooth decay, which develop when bacteria found in your mouth, make acid that harms your teeth. In teeth with minor or moderate dental caries, fillings usually suffice to repair the damaged teeth. However, deep or severe decay might need a crown to save the teeth’s appearance and functionality.

In some instances, however, a tooth that’s severely decayed will require root canal therapy to save it prior to the placement of the crown. The tooth pulp houses very delicate blood vessels, tissues, and nerves, so if the infection or decay has reached these structures, only a root canal treatment can salvage the infected tooth.

During root canal therapy, your dentist in Batavia, IL, drilling a tiny access hole into your tooth to extract the decayed pulp. The infected root canal will then be thoroughly cleaned and filled with gutta-percha to safeguard it from further decay. The tooth is then covered with a temporary dental crown until your permanent crown is ready for placement.

Caring for Your Dental Crown

Crowns generally last from five up to 15 years, considering that you follow proper oral hygiene practices since a crowned tooth could still be affected by decay. You should likewise continue seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings to help make certain that your dental crown still functions and fits perfectly.

Interested in Dental Crowns? Talk to Us

Book an evaluation here at Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, with your dentist, Dr. Laura Elliff or Dr. Andrew Elliff, by calling (630) 482-7200.

By Laura Elliff, DMD
March 11, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth-colored fillings are the discreet way to restore your smile when decay has affected your teeth. They are an effective way to strengthen teeth that have developed cavities. However, there is an added benefit since the filling material blends in with the natural teeth. This tooth restoration is available at Elliff Dental in Batavia, where Dr. Andrew Elliff, Dr. Theron Layer, or Dr. Laura Elliff can restore your smile.

What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are sometimes also referred to as white fillings. They are made from a composite material that is a blend of plastic resins and glass or silica fillers. Since the fillings are white in color, they blend in with the surrounding teeth and are undetectable. Once in place, it will look like you have no fillings. They provide a discreet option for restoring teeth affected by decay.

They are applied in the same manner as other types of dental fillings. After infected or decayed areas are removed and the affected tooth is cleaned out, the filling material is used to fill in the cavity caused by decay. Composite material bonds with the natural tooth. That means more tooth structure can be preserved.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Several benefits are associated with tooth-colored fillings. One of the most exciting benefits is that they are extremely discreet since they readily blend in with the natural teeth. Additional benefits include:

  • Strengthen and restore teeth affected by cavities
  • Restore biting and chewing functions in affected teeth
  • Prevent infection and decay from spreading to other areas
  • Preserve more healthy tooth structure since less drilling is needed

It is easy to restore your smile with tooth-colored fillings. They readily blend in with the rest of your smile. Visit our office in Batavia for tooth-colored dental fillings. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Elliff, Dr. Layer, or Dr. Laura Elliff, call Elliff Dental at (630) 482-7200.

By Laura Elliff, DMD
August 09, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign is the exciting way to straighten your smile discreetly. Invisalign works like braces to straighten teeth and close gaps between them, but is much more discreet. Instead of brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign relies on removable clear aligner trays that are barely noticeable. At Elliff Dental, Dr. Andrew Elliff and Dr. Laura Elliff are your dentists for Invisalign in Batavia.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign straightens the teeth with custom aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Each set of trays is worn for a few weeks and is then replaced with a new set of trays. Each new set of trays moves the teeth closer to the desired position. The trays help the teeth move into the proper position by gently exerting pressure on the teeth, which is similar to how the brackets and wires of braces help move teeth. Your Batavia Invisalign dentist can help you decide if Invisalign is the right teeth-straightening option for you.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are numerous advantages to choosing Invisalign for straightening your smile. One of the most exciting advantages is that Invisalign is extremely discreet. The aligner trays are significantly less noticeable than traditional metal braces since the trays are clear. Additionally, the aligner trays are removable so they can be taken out temporarily, such as when posing for photos.

The ability to remove Invisalign’s aligner trays is another major advantage. Maintaining optimal oral hygiene can be more challenging with traditional braces since food particles can get stuck between the brackets and wires easily. The brackets and wires also make it difficult to brush and floss away trapped food particles. With Invisalign, removing the trays when eating can help prevent trapped particles. Additionally, being able to remove the trays when brushing and flossing makes it easier to maintain better oral hygiene.

Another advantage of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are comfortable to wear. With traditional braces, the hard metal brackets and wires can sometimes poke and irritate the mouth and gums. Invisalign’s custom aligner trays are made from a soft, flexible plastic material. The trays fit comfortably in place over the teeth with nothing to poke or irritate the mouth. An additional advantage of Invisalign is that, for most patients, it is possible to achieve the smile you desire in just 12 to 18 months.

Speak with your dentist right away if you are ready to straighten your side discreetly with Invisalign. For Invisalign in Batavia, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Elliff or Dr. Laura Elliff by contacting Elliff Dental at (630) 482-7200.