A: It seems like every time a tooth needs fixing, it always needs a crown. I hate the idea that my tooth is being drilled down to a stump and capped. Is there not a less aggressive alternative?
B: This topic will be covered at my next FREE seminar (details below). Other topics to be covered are: how I became a dentist because of a 1970’s TV sitcom and how my first job at an enema factory taught me many life lessons; including how one should never work in an enema factory.
When a tooth is chock full of decay or old fillings, we often need to remove the diseased parts of the tooth, build up a foundation with composites called a core, and then reduce the tooth by one millimeter 360 degrees and the top. This creates the cylinder shape tooth preparation, which will be covered by a porcelain or gold crown.
Ask your doctor to consider a porcelain inlay. We only remove the weak parts of the tooth, and then stop. We then use a digital scanner, no gagging goop-like molds, to send a 3D image to a hi-tech lab will robotic milling machines will create a custom inlay that is cemented in place, replacing the parts of the weak parts of the tooth previously drilled away.
Advantages of inlays vs. crowns: Easier to clean with floss and brushing, less chance of gum recession, less post op sensitivity, less chance for a need for root canal, less chair time, preserves more of the healthy tooth structure and will not change the esthetic appearance of the tooth.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Josephs’ FREE seminar to the public takes place on Friday July 16th at 11:30 at the Double Tree on PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens. Their famous hot soft pretzels will be served. SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED FOR PROPPER SPACING, REGISTER TODAY by calling 561-832-2917 or email DRJOSEPHS@PALMBEACHDENTIST.COM Let us know what topics you would like to see covered. Dr. Josephs and his staff will be making a donation to St. Mary’s Pediatric Oncology Support team for each person who attends the seminar. It’s a great cause; we hope to see many of you attend!