Saturday, December 24, 2011

Provisional Crowns and Bridges Crystal Lake Dental Associates

Provisional Crowns and Bridges Crystal Lake Dental Associates

What are Provisionals?

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Provisional crowns and bridges also called prototype or long term temporary crowns and bridges are used to test a change in the smile, bite or both for a patient. . This is standard practice when making significant changes to a patient’s smile or bite. We can change the color, size, position and shape of teeth. With provisionals, a patient has an opportunity to wear them for them weeks or months and determine if the new teeth look good, are comfortable and function properly during speech and eating. Patients can check with friends and family to make sure the new smile is great as well. We call this the “test drive”. Provisionals can be modified as needed during this trial time. Once the patient and dentist are satisfied, the provisionals, are used as a template for the final restorations.

How are Provisionals made?

 Depending on the situation. there are a few different ways that provisionals can be made.  The first method is where the dentist does a mock-up directly on the teeth with a tooth colored composite. This shows a patient the proposed changes immediately. A second method is to make models of the patient’s teeth and have the lab make the proposed  changes in wax on the models and view them. Once approved, the lab creates plastic provisionals from the model to be cemented on the prepared teeth. One additional method is a variation where the new waxed model is used to create a form that is used by the dentist to fill with composite and bond over the teeth. In the end, the patient will be either wearing bonded on composite material, or cemented on plastic provisionals. If it is anticipated the provisionals will be in place for a long time, they can be made out of a special long lasting plastic or reinforced.

Are there other uses for Provisionals?

Provisional have many other uses and are quite versatile. They can be used to stabilize loose teeth while healing, and stabilize orthodontic appliances Provisional partials and dentures can be used during the healing phase after tooth removal and before the final denture or partial is made. In addition, provisional partials are an inexpensive alternative when the cost for a permanent partial is out of reach. The Snap-On-Smile is another category of provisional restoration that I discuss in other blogs. Provisionals can be replaced and are relatively inexpensive. 

Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about smile make-overs and provisional restorations at Crystal Lake Dental Associates.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

6th through 10th presidents of the US-Crystal Lake Dental Associates

John Quincy Adams

6th President of the United States
(March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1829)
Nickname: "Old Man Eloquent"
Born: July 11, 1767, in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
Died: February 23, 1848, in Washington, D.C.
Father:   John Adams
Mother: Abigail Smith Adams
Married: Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775-1852), on July 26, 1797
Children: George Washington Adams (1801-29); John Adams (1803-34); Charles Francis Adams (1807-86); Louisa Catherine Adams (1811-12)
Religion: Unitarian
Education: Graduated from Harvard College (1787)
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Andrew Jackson

7th President of the United States
(March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1837)
Nickname: "Old Hickory"
Born: March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaw area, on North Carolina-South Carolina border
Died: June 8, 1845, at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee
Father: Andrew Jackson
Mother: Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson
Married: Rachel Donelson Robards (1767-1828), in August 1791 and in a second ceremony on January 17, 1794
Children: Andrew Jackson, Jr. (adopted)
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: No formal education
Occupation: Lawyer, soldier
Political Party: Democrat

Martin Van Buren

8th President of the United States
(March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1841)
Nicknames: "The Little Magician"; "The Red Fox of Kinderhook"
Born: December 5, 1782, in Kinderhook, New York
Died: July 24, 1862, in Kinderhook, New York
Father: Abraham Van Buren
Mother: Maria Hoes Van Buren
Married: Hannah Hoes (1783-1819), on February 21, 1807
Children: Abraham Van Buren (1807-73); John Van Buren (1810-66); Martin Van Buren (1812-55); Smith Thompson Van Buren (1817-76)
Religion: Dutch Reformed
Education: Graduated from Kinderhook Academy (1796)
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Democrat

William Henry Harrison

9th President of the United States
(March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841)
Nicknames: "Old Tippecanoe"; "Old Tip"
Born: February 9, 1773, in Berkeley, Virginia
Died: April 4, 1841, in Washington, D.C.
Father: Benjamin Harrison
Mother: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison
Married: Anna Tuthill Symmes (1775-1864), on November 25, 1795
Children: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison (1796-1846); John Cleves Symmes Harrison (1798-1830); Lucy Singleton Harrison (1800-26); William Henry Harrison (1802-38); John Scott Harrison (1804-78); Benjamin Harrison (1806-40); Mary Symmes Harrison (1809-42); Carter Bassett Harrison (1811-39); Anna Tuthill Harrison (1813-65); James Findlay Harrison (1814-17)
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Attended Hampden-Sydney College
Occupation: Soldier
Political Party: Whig
John Tyler
10th President of the United States
(April 6, 1841 to March 3, 1845)
Nicknames: "Accidental President"; "His Accidency"
Born: March 29, 1790, in Greenway, Virginia
Died: January 18, 1862, in Richmond, Virginia

Father: John Tyler

Mother: Mary Marot Armistead Tyler
Married: Letitia Chrisitan (1790-1842), on March 29, 1813; Julia Gardiner (1820-1889), on June 26, 1844
Children: Mary Tyler (1815-48); Robert Tyler (1816-77); John Tyler (1819-96); Letitia Tyler (1821-1907); Elizabeth Tyler (1823-50); Anne Contesse Tyler (1825); Alice Tyler (1827-54); Tazewell Tyler (1830-74); David Gardiner Tyler (1846-1927); John Alexander Tyler (1848-83); Julia Gardiner Tyler (1849-71); Lachlan Tyler (1851-1902); Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935); Robert Fitzwalter Tyler (1856-1927); Pearl Tyler (1860-1947)
Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Graduated from the College of William and Mary (1807)
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Whig

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Born in the Midwest. Married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Attended Maine West High School, Harper Jr College, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois.