Restoring Dental Implants- the best way to replace missing teeth is through the use of implants. This allows us to restore lost teeth without affecting adjacent teeth. Of course, placing implants is also probably the most costly method, but if you want teeth that look and feel as good as their predecessors, implants are one option to consider.
Your first visit will take a bit longer as we develop your digital record with a complete examination. This allows us to diagnose the condition of your mouth and to plan treatment needed to bring you up to optimal dental health. We will typically need to take X-rays to complete this procedure. Rest assured that we will expose you to the minimal amount of radiation necessary, as our digital system cuts that amount to half of what the previous system required. On subsequent checkup visits, less time will be needed to make your records current. The cleaning is probably one of the most important parts of your visit. This will allow prevention of cavities, gum disease, and the potential loss of teeth. We suggest a dental cleaning twice a year for most patients. Those patients with a history of gum disease or conditions making regular home hygiene more difficult will occasionally be seen more often, but for most of our patients, once every six months seems to be ideal. Once tartar or calculus has formed on the teeth, your home care is no longer sufficient for optimum dental health. The cleaning removes all hard deposits, and the finishing polish gives you a gleaming smile.
Tooth-colored Fillings (composites) in the past, many dentists would use silver fillings (amalgams) to restore teeth in the posterior. Today, we use the more attractive tooth colored fillings to fill in areas that were lost due to tooth decay or trauma.
Crowns and Bridges---------
When a tooth that needs to be restored has insufficient structure to support a filling, a crown becomes necessary to rebuild the tooth to full function. Unlike a filling, which always weakens a tooth, a crown will always strengthen the tooth. Bridges are done to replace missing teeth. However, there are certain requirements to be able to do a bridge. These will be discussed at the examination visit.
Our office offers bleaching that you complete at home using bleaching trays made specifically for you. The bleaching material we give you is stronger than what you can buy on your own. We advise you on how to use the materials we give you, and feel that the results will be better than what you would see with over-the-counter materials. Of course, this material has no effect on crowns, bridges, and any fillings, so that needs to be taken into consideration.
There are times we would like to change the overall appearance of a tooth that is dark or broken down. If we can avoid a crown, sometimes we can add composite to the face of a tooth to give it a new look. Other methods are also available. Let us help determine what is best for you.
When a tooth can no longer be restored, extraction sometimes becomes necessary. Losing one or two teeth may be manageable, but at some point the ability to chew is adversely affected, and if the teeth lost are in the front, that may leave a smile that is no longer attractive. There are various methods use to replace missing teeth. These include bridges, partials, dentures, and implants. Ask us which method would work best for you.
The options to replace a missing tooth include doing bridges, implants, or removable appliances such as partial and complete dentures. Each comes with advantages and disadvantages. Allow us to help you determine your best course of action.
Partial Dentures - When one is looking at replacing multiple teeth in the upper or lower arch, partial dentures offer a more economical alternative to bridges or implants. The type of partial made is determined by factors such as how many teeth are missing and what is the shape of the remaining teeth.
Complete Dentures (Plates) - When someone has lost all of their teeth in the upper or lower arch, a complete denture may be what you choose to restore the appearance and function of the missing teeth. Furthermore, a full denture serve the purpose of filling out your lips and cheeks to provide a more natural appearance compared to the look one has without the teeth.
Because we are a family practice that tries to address all your needs, there will be times we will enlist the aid of a specialist for some phase of your treatment. We work closely with several area specialists who provide treatment we do not perform. However, we do not overlook the need to monitor your overall dental health. If you feel we can help you with any dental procedure you may be considering, please give our office a call.