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There’s no need to give up on your smile—restorative treatments are available that can make it look and feel better. If you have a dental crownsdamaged tooth, you may be a candidate for dental crowns, which cover and protect individual teeth and look very natural. Give your damaged teeth a second chance with dental crowns by Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT.

A Description of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a small piece of porcelain, ceramic or metal material that’s custom shaped to fit over your existing tooth. The crown, also called a cap, is based on the exact shape of your tooth after some of the enamel has been removed. When the crown is added, it’s similar to covering any old, worn surface with a new, stronger material. Without a crown, the natural tooth would likely continue to wear down and could become vulnerable to decay. With a crown, the tooth is protected from stains and damage.

A Second Chance for Your Smile
Having a new dental crown is like getting a new lease on an aging or worn-down tooth. A porcelain crown is durable enough to last for up to 15 years and can be color-matched to look just like your other teeth. There’s no way for the average person to distinguish a porcelain crown from the rest of your smile. Only you and your Layton dentist will know it's there.

Caring for Your Crown
If you want your new dental crown to last for the maximum time possible, you must take very good care of it daily. Just because it is extremely resilient doesn’t mean that you don’t have to brush and floss around it regularly. Flossing, in particular, is crucial because it helps prevent gum disease, which could put the entire tooth in jeopardy.

Schedule a Crown Consultation
If you have a healthy tooth that needs a renewal, talk to a Layton, UT dentist at 4Dental Health about crowns. Call (801) 889-1044 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Christensen.

By 4 Dental Health
September 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By 4 Dental Health
December 31, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

If you have ever had a root canal, you are probably familiar with a dental crown. Necessary for various reasons, crowns restore a damaged tooth’s functionality. But, how do you know if you need a dental crown? With help from your Layton, UT dentist at 4 Dental Health, you can determine if a crown is right for you.Crowns

What is a dental crown? 
Dental crowns are a porcelain cap placed over a damaged or compromised tooth. A dental laboratory custom-makes the crown for you and delivers it to your dentist. To ensure a natural appearance, the tooth-shaped crown is color-matched to your surrounding teeth. Your dentist prepares the natural tooth which the crown sits over by shaping it, creating the perfect fit. The crown bonds to the tooth using dental cement.

When are crowns needed? 
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth. Dentists utilize crowns for many situations, including:

  • to strengthen a weakened tooth, usually weakened by decay
  • to cover and strengthen a large filling, such as one left behind by root canal therapy
  • to hold a dental bridge in place
  • to cover abnormal teeth that are misaligned or discolored
  • to strengthen a broken or worn down tooth
  • to replace a missing tooth as part of a dental implant

The Procedure
Dental crowns usually take place in a two-phase process. The first appointment involves an examination of your tooth. If your dentist decides a crown is necessary, they prepare the tooth by filing it down to make room for the crown. After taking a mold of the tooth to send to the dental lab, your dentist places a temporary crown to serve until your permanent crown is ready. After several weeks, your completed permanent dental crown is sent to your dentist’s office. At your second appointment, your dentist makes any last minute adjustments and your crown is permanently attached to your tooth.

Your dentist is your best resource for determining which dental procedures you need. For more information on dental crowns in the Layton, UT area, please contact Dr. Steven Christensen at 4 Dental Health. Call 801-889-1044 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!


Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By 4 Dental Health
November 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

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