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The Evolution of Crowns (I promise it's a good read)

March 22nd, 2018

There are several types of crowns used in dentistry today.  These include but are not limited to:

  • All Metal
  • Porcelain Fused to Metal
  • All Ceramic

In my practice we use mostly all ceramic crowns for a variety of reasons including

  • Great fit
  • Great Esthetics
  • No metal- reducing the gray metal line and hypoallergenic
  • Strong and fracture resistant

In nearly 35 years of practicing dentistry, I have used all types of crowns on my patients.  In the early years, we used porcelain fused to metal crowns in the front of mouths and all gold crowns in the back.  As patients’ demands changed, we started using porcelain fused to metal crowns in the back of the mouth. I’m sure you have noticed an odd looking front tooth in someone you know. That most likely is a porcelain fused to metal crown. It looks odd, because the underlying metal does not allow light to pass through it like a natural tooth does causing the tooth to look opaque. You might even notice a dark line at the gum line. It really is not aesthetically appealing at all.

The good news is, I now currently use several types of ALL CERAMIC crowns fabricated in a dental laboratory.  There are numerous reasons for this including great strength and fracture resistance as well as superior esthetics.  With these awesome all ceramic crowns, you cannot tell the difference between a crown or a natural tooth.

A newer type of crown is a CAD/CAM crown which can be fabricated in on office with a turnaround in a few hours.  When I had the ability in my office to produce this type of restoration, I felt that the laboratory created a much better finished product, and 100% of my patients preferred a lab fabricated prosthesis.

In summary, the advantages of a lab fabricated all ceramic crown include superior esthetics, uncompromised fit, no metal and great strength and fracture resistance.  If you are in need of a new crown in either the front or the back of your mouth, please call our office to schedule a consultation.  We can go over all of the advantages of an all ceramic crown that would be best suited for you!

written by Jeffrey M. Grimley, DDS

Grimley Family Dental

My Invisalign Success Story by Laura, RDH

March 13th, 2018

Like many of you, for many years, I was unhappy with the appearance of my teeth. I was not happy with the crowding that I was getting, especially after having braces TWICE. I was not willing to have traditional braces yet again. Who wants to have a “metal mouth” in their 40’s????

Dr Grimley started doing Invisalign, and I started dreaming about how awesome it would be if I could do it. But like many of you, I have 2 children that also needed orthodontics, so I did what many mothers do....put myself last in line. That is until I started chipping my FRONT TEETH! I have done this (dental hygiene) long enough to know that the reason my teeth were chipping was due to the way my bottom teeth were hitting my top teeth. I also knew that the chipped areas were going to need to be repaired and would continue to chip if I didn’t do something about it. You see, Invisalign is not just for cosmetic purposes. Sure...who doesn't want straight teeth?? But, another major reason to get Invisalign is for functionality (how the upper teeth meet the lower teeth). Also, crowded teeth are harder to care for (brushing/flossing), therefore making them more susceptible to cavities.

So...I bit the bullet and started Invisalign, and boy am I glad that I did! After only 40 weeks (9 ½ months), my teeth look beautiful, and I am so happy with the results! The best news is that my front teeth are no longer chipping, and I’m saving myself lots of additional work that would need to be done in the future...BONUS!

Laura, RDH

Grimley Family Dental

Why Referrals/Reviews are so Important to a Dental Practice

September 28th, 2017

What is a referral or review? A referral is when a current patient tells a friend or family member that they should go to a particular dental practice for their oral care. They usually say how wonderful we are and how much they love coming to us. Patients don't think about referring their dentist during regular every day life, so sometimes we need to ask them for referrals. We also have an incentive program for patients who are kind enough to send the people they care about to us. There is no better compliment than a referral to our practice.

The next best compliment to our practice is an online review. A review is when a patient takes the time to go online to tell the public about a dental practice so others will know more about that practice. There are many ways to review us online......Google, Facebook, Healthgrades are to name a few. You can even do a video testimonial!! The nice thing about an online referral is it reaches a potentially larger audience which very much helps a dental practice.

Whether you choose to refer us or to do an online review, we very much and truly appreciate it. It helps us grow our practice which will allow us to always offer our patients the very best of care and service.

Gail Benuska, Front Office
Grimley Family Dental

Alternatives to Traditional Dental Floss by Laura, RDH

July 27th, 2017

I often hear from patients that they don't like to floss or just find it difficult to do. Then, they feel guilty when, once again, they are coming into the office without making flossing a daily habit. But, there are other ways to clean between the teeth. I will tell you some of my favorites.
One option is floss holders. These can be either inexpensive disposable floss picks or a slightly more expensive option of a Listerine Access flosser. This has a handle similar to a manual toothbrush with a replaceable u-shaped floss head. This makes it easier to reach back teeth.
You can also try brush picks.  These are like a toothpick with a tiny bottle brush on the end to go between the teeth and sweep away the plaque. Rubber tip stimulators also help to massage the gums and dislodge food particles that get caught between the teeth.
If you are a gadget person, there are two options: the Philips Air Flosser and the Waterpik Water Flosser. Both help by removing the plaque and bacteria between the teeth. Waterpik recently was named the first and only powered interdental product to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
So...try these products and find the one that works for you. I hope to see you all soon for your next cleaning without the guilt 
Laura Lindsay, RDH
Jeffrey M. Grimley, DDS