Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where another tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by recontouring neighboring existing teeth to provide a base for the bridge. After the correct shaping is finished, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.
Our office staff will make you a temporary bridge to wear while you wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to try-in, adjust, and then permanently connect the bridge.
The bridge may take a day or two to feel natural but yo u will soon feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to discuss the many options for replacing missing teeth.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and wear. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your chewing effectiveness and your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be suggested as a long term restoration to fully restore the area. In some cases a filling alone will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. To maintain a natural look a porcelain crown can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of making a crown usually takes 2 visits. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to Professional Dental Lab so that your new crown can be made to look like the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, the office stafff will make a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At the second appointment the new crown will be checked for fit and function before connecting it to the tooth. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and with diligent oral hygiene they will usually last over 20 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures:
1. Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
2. Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.