A dental crown (also commonly referred to as a “cap”) is a singular restoration that’s designed to cover the entire visible surface of a natural tooth, protecting and strengthening its structure while rebuilding its appearance as well. Several materials are available for dental crowns, but Dr. Gary Nawrocki is likely to recommend porcelain for its lifelike appearance and excellent quality.
Dental crowns are very versatile, and they can be used to treat a wide variety of common dental concerns, including the following:
The traditional process of having a new dental crown created typically requires two appointments. After capturing highly detailed impressions, Dr. Nawrocki will send this information along to a trusted dental laboratory and place a temporary crown so that any disruption to your day-to-day routine is as minimized as possible. Then, after we’ve received the finished restoration, you’ll return to our office so that we can place it and ensure that the fit and bite are accurate and comfortable.
Alternatively, Nawrocki Dental offers state-of-the-art CEREC technology, which creates high-quality dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and other restorations over the span of a single appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our Cocoa Beach, FL office! Our team looks forward to welcoming new patients from Merritt Island, FL and other nearby areas.
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Dental bridges are one of several tooth replacement solutions available here at Nawrocki Dental, and their study, permanent nature is often preferred by patients over the relative looseness of traditional dentures. This restoration is designed to replace one or more consecutive teeth in a row along a single arch, and their durable nature allows them to serve your smile well for many years.
Dental bridges can provide the following benefits to patients in need of tooth replacement:
Having a new dental bridge designed and placed will typically require multiple appointments. Dr. Nawrocki will begin by preparing two adjacent natural teeth to be fitted for crowns – these will serve as “anchors” that hold the new bridge in place. After taking detailed impressions of the area, you’ll be provided with a temporary bridge to wear until the permanent restoration is complete.
At your second appointment, our team will carefully check the finished bridge and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your full comfort and satisfaction. Finally, the bridge is cemented in place within the mouth, allowing you to enjoy a newly recompleted smile that feels and looks natural.
Tooth-colored fillings have widely replaced traditional amalgam as the material of choice for treating cavities, and it’s not hard to understand why. Dr. Nawrocki uses high-quality composite resin, which is precisely shaded to be a close match for your tooth enamel. This means that the final result is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile, which is ideal for image-conscious patients. Your new filling should last for several years (up to 10-15 with proper maintenance and care), but they will need to be replaced over time for optimal results.
Patients who would benefit the most from the placement of one or more tooth-colored fillings have the following problems:
A new, customized tooth-colored filling can typically be placed over the course of a single appointment here in Cocoa Beach. After the tooth has been appropriately numbed, Dr. Nawrocki will remove the decay and thoroughly clean the space. Then, the composite resin is placed within the tooth, sculpted into a pleasing shape, and polished for a natural look and feel. Patients are likely to experience some heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures immediately after their filling placement. This should subside quickly over time.
In the past, patients in need of dental crowns, inlays, onlays, or veneers were always subjected to multiple appointments and a large amount of waiting time. Today, CEREC has transformed this process for the better, helping Dr. Nawrocki design, create, and place a beautiful, high-quality restoration over the course of a single appointment.
Here are some of the valuable advantages associated with choosing a CEREC restoration:
After our team has prepared the tooth or teeth in question, Dr. Nawrocki will remove any existing decay and capture a highly detailed image of the tooth with the CEREC camera. This image is instantly transferred to the computer screen, where it can be viewed from every angle. Dr. Nawrocki will then design the new restoration and transmit the final result to the in-office milling unit. A block of ceramic (precisely chosen to match your natural shade of enamel) is transformed into the new restoration right away – in fact, the process typically only takes 15 minutes.
Once the new restoration is fully crafted, Dr. Nawrocki will ensure that it’s a proper fit before polishing it and making any last-minute adjustments. Finally, it’s time to cement it securely in place. You’ll be able to walk out of our Cocoa Beach, FL office with solid, permanent improvements you can take pride in – no extra waiting required.
Dentures are a reliable and affordable tooth replacement options that’s been around for hundreds of years. Dr. Nawrocki will design the ideal customized prosthetic for your smile that enhances your appearance and helps you eat and speak with confidence once more.
Traditional full and partial dentures are removable in nature, which allows patients to clean them outside of the mouth and store them while sleeping. Our team also recommends implant-retained dentures, which are fixed permanently within the mouth for greater stability and oral health benefits.
The process of receiving a new, custom-made denture typically happens over several appointments. Dr. Nawrocki will capture accurate impressions and measures, and “try-in” appointments will allow us to gauge your reaction to the prosthetic and make adjustments as necessary. The final result should feel natural and comfortable.
Early on, patients are likely to experience some facial soreness, difficulty with chewing, and increased saliva flow when wearing their new denture. As your facial muscles and tissues adjust, these side-effects will subside.
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Root canal therapy becomes necessary when a tooth is injured or decayed to the point that dangerous bacteria have penetrated its inner pulp and nerves. This procedure is often a saving grace that restores health to a tooth that would otherwise be lost, and Dr. Nawrocki strongly recommends it when necessary because of its high success rate and long-term results. You can rest assured that today’s comfort amenities and anesthetic technology has helped make root canal therapy more comfortable than ever before!
Some common signs that indicate the need for root canal therapy include:
Of course, it’s important to remember that sometimes, no visible symptoms manifest. That’s why attending regular checkups here in Cocoa Beach is so important for your ongoing oral health and wellbeing.
After appropriately numbing the tooth, Dr. Nawrocki will carefully create an opening on top of the tooth and remove diseased pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria from within with the help of special instruments. Once the tooth has been completely cleaned, it will be filled with a safe, biocompatible material and sealed shut to reduce the risk of further infection. Additionally, we strongly recommend the placement of a new, custom dental crown on top of the treated tooth. This will protect the dental structure from breakage and restore its full strength and function. Patients may experience some strong sensitivity immediately after the procedure, but this should subside over time once the tooth has a chance to fully heal.
Third molars (more commonly known as “wisdom teeth”) are the last adult teeth to emerge into the patient’s smile, usually arriving anywhere between the ages of 17 and 25. They are located at the bottom and top back corners of the mouth, near the throat. Unfortunately, this arrival isn’t typically a happy event. Because there is so little space left inside the mouth to accommodate new teeth at this late point in time, the teeth can become impacted (stuck) in a position that’s harmful to your oral health and overall wellbeing. At Nawrocki Dental, we regularly recommend extraction in order to protect patients and prevent dangerous infection and damage from occurring.
If any of the following situations are already taking place or seem likely to our Cocoa Beach staff, extraction is a very real possibility:
Our team will use digital and panoramic X-rays in order to evaluate the current positioning of your wisdom teeth and pinpoint potential risk factors. Early evaluations are strongly recommended for younger, pre-teenage patients so that we can effectively catch and circumvent these concerns right away.
We handle the procedure as comfortably as possible, utilizing local anesthetic and sedation dentistry techniques as needed to help patient remain at ease. Patients will not be required to stay overnight and will be provided with all the post-operative instructions they need, as well as a prescription for pain medication upon request.