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If you've decided on a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you've made a great choice. Implants are a big favorite of both dentists and patients, not only for their life-likeness, but also their durability. Studies show that more than 95% of implants survive after ten years.

As you may know, single tooth implants are composed of two main parts: a metal post (usually titanium) imbedded in the jawbone; and a life-like crown affixed to the end of the post. But what you may not know is that there are two ways to attach the crown—either with screws or with dental cement.

Neither way is superior to the other—both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. A cemented crown, for instance, usually looks more like a natural tooth than a screw-retained crown (more about that later) and dentists have more flexibility in making them look natural.

But cemented crowns require an additional piece of hardware called an abutment to better match it with the implant, something unnecessary with a screw-retained crown. Some people can also experience a reaction to the cement resulting in inflammation or even bone loss. And once installed, removing the crown later for repair or replacement is much more difficult than with a screw-retained crown.

Besides attaching directly to the implant, screw-retained crowns don't require cement and are more easily attached and removed. But the screw-hole can pose some aesthetic problems: Although it can be filled with a tooth-colored filling, the tooth's appearance isn't as ideal as a cemented crown.

So, which one is best for you? That will depend on the type and location of teeth being replaced, as well as your dentist's preferences. For instance, a more attractive cemented crown may be better for a visible front tooth, while a screw-retained crown might be a good choice for a back premolar or molar where appearance isn't as big a factor.

In the end, it's likely your dentist will discuss the pros and cons for each method as it pertains to your individual case. Whichever way your crown attaches, the end result will still be a life-like tooth that could last you for years to come.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By South Suburban Dental Care - Vincent Oganwu, DDS
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

How dental crowns and bridges from your dentist in Olympia Fields, Illinois can give you back your smile.

Dental crowns and dental bridges can restore your smile, even if you have badly damaged or missing teeth. When you choose dental crowns and bridges, you are making an investment in your smile, and yourself. You deserve to get the most out of your crowns and bridges, and proper care can help.

Dr. Vincent Oganwu at South Suburban Dental Care in Olympia Fields, Illinois offers full-service dentistry, including crowns and bridges to give you back your smile.

Dental crowns and bridges are strong, but that doesn’t mean you can’t damage them. To help your crowns and bridges continue to look great for years, it’s important to remember to:

Avoid using your teeth as tools. Use scissors to open packages and tear-off tags, Don’t ever use your teeth, even if you have crowns. Using your teeth as tools can lead to chipping the porcelain on your crown, or loosening your bridge.

Keep your crowns and bridges clean, just like your teeth, especially along the crown margins. One of the major reasons people need a crown replaced is that it has decayed along the crown margins. To that end, remember to:

Brush your teeth after meals and before you go to bed, paying special attention along the gumline and around the margins of crowns. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride.

Floss at least once each day, being careful to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique ensures the floss stays firmly against the surface of your tooth, which helps clean more effectively.

In the case of bridgework, use a floss threading tool to floss underneath the bridge. It’s especially important to floss under the bridge to keep gum inflammation from happening.

If your crown or bridge chips, breaks or feels loose, visit your dentist as soon as you can. Your dentist can recommend the next steps to get you smiling again.

Crowns and bridges are great options to restore a whole, beautiful smile, and you can help them last and continue to look beautiful. To find out more about caring for crowns and bridges, call Dr. Vincent Oganwu of South Suburban Dental Care in Olympia Fields, Illinois today.

By South Suburban Dental Care - Vincent Oganwu, DDS
March 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and bridges address a variety of smile problems, from missing teeth to damage to cosmetic issues. Your Olympia Fields, IL, dentist, Dr. Vincent Oganwu, offers the dental restorations at South Suburban Dental Care.

What are crowns and bridges?

A crown looks just like the part of a tooth that's visible above your gums. If you look closely at a crown, you'll notice that it's hollow inside. The restoration is designed to slip over your tooth and cover it completely. Before you can receive a crown, your tooth must be reduced in size slightly to allow for a proper fit. During this visit to the Olympia Fields dental office, your dentist will also make an impression of your mouth that will be used during the crown creation process.

Bridges are comprised of crowns and one or two artificial teeth, called abutments. Crowns are connected to the abutments on either side of the bridge and help hold it securely in place. Crowns and bridges are constructed of strong materials that look like tooth enamel, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin.

How can crowns and bridges help my smile?

Crowns and bridges offer several important benefits for your smile. Crowns restore the normal appearance and function of broken teeth. In fact, no one will ever now that your tooth fractured once you receive your new crown.

Crowns also prevent weak teeth from fracturing one day. Your teeth can become fragile if you have a crack or you've had certain dental procedures that tend to weaken teeth, such as large fillings or root canal therapy. If brittle teeth run in your family, your dentist may recommend a crown to prevent at-risk teeth from crumbling.

Do you dislike the way a tooth looks? Crowns can lengthen teeth and even change their shape. They're a good choice if you want to improve the appearance of crooked, twisted, pointed or oddly shaped teeth.

Missing teeth affect your appearance and ability to chew and may even cause your other teeth to drift and overlap. Bridges and crowns paired with dental implants offer excellent tooth restoration options.

Improve, enhance, and protect your smile with crowns and bridges! Call your dentist in Olympia Fields, IL, Dr. Oganwu of South Suburban Dental Care, at (708) 747-6766 to schedule your appointment.


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.”


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.”