Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps, and they are used to protect teeth that cannot be restored with fillings. They can also be used to restore cracked or worn-down teeth or to cover filled, misshapen, or discolored teeth. Crowns are usually porcelain and are placed over teeth to restore their shape, size, strength, and appearance. Porcelain crowns restore both the look and function of teeth, and a tooth protected by a crown looks just like a natural tooth. When cared for properly, a crown will last for many years.
Dental bridges are used to bridge gaps made by missing teeth. A bridge is made up of crowns on each end and filled in by false teeth. Bridges are supported in the mouth by natural teeth or implants. We typically use porcelain bridges because they look like natural teeth. For patients who are missing teeth, bridges are an excellent, long-lasting way to restore chewing function and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. These devices are supported by the tissues of the oral cavity and require special techniques to ensure that they fit comfortably and naturally. Because every patient has different needs, we make several types of dentures and help you choose the best option.
Sometimes, patients do not require full dentures, so we offer other options, such as partial dentures. If a patient has several healthy remaining teeth, we can fit them with partial dentures. Partial dentures are supported by a patient’s remaining teeth.
If a patient is missing teeth, dental implants can be an excellent solution. Dental implants are comfortable and stable, and they look like natural teeth. The placement of dental implants takes place during three or four short visits over a time period of about 12 weeks.
Because implants fill the place of missing teeth, they help prevent other teeth from shifting out of alignment and may help prevent jawbone loss in the treated area. Implants can be used to replace one or more teeth, and they are often used to secure dentures
Adults and post-puberty teenagers who have their permanent teeth can be candidates for implants. Because the process involves the fusion of the jawbone to the implant, an implant procedure is less likely to be successful in patients with advanced gum disease that has affected the jawbone. We can help you decide if implants are right for you.