Dental Implants | Undergoing a dental restoration is important if one or more of your teeth have suffered damage, which can make you self-conscious and affect your willingness to smile. Even worse, having a damaged tooth can be painful or cause serious problems like infections and tooth decay. Fortunately, we can use a variety of techniques to repair your tooth so that you can once again feel free to confidently smile.
Bridges are a type of restoration used to fill in the space caused by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge can restore your bite permanently and help you retain your face’s natural shape. In addition, they are often used with dental implants.
Having a missing tooth goes beyond mere cosmetics. Your teeth are supposed to work together in helping you chew, smile and speak. Losing one or more teeth leads to adjacent teeth shifting and becoming crooked. It can even make it more difficult for you to speak or chew your food.
Missing teeth can also place greater stress on your existing teeth and jaw joints, potentially leading to pain and damage. It is also more difficult to clean teeth that have drifted, leaving you more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay.
If a tooth has been broken or severely fractured, it will need to be strengthened and reinforced. A crown offers support and aesthetic appeal. Unlike fillings, crowns engulf the complete visible part of a tooth to restore its natural shape, size, appearance and strength.
We may recommend that you receive a dental crown for any of the following reasons:
- Provide support following a break or fracture
- Conceal a severely disfigured or discolored tooth
- Preventing further damage
- Protect a tooth that has a large dental filling
- Securing a bridge
- Place over a dental implant
Dental implants have become increasingly popular in recent years among patients looking for a restoration that provides a close match to an original tooth, both in appearance and function. Some of the benefits of implants include:
- Long-lasting and durable
- Cannot slip or fall out, like with dentures
- Firmly implanted within your jawbone, allowing you to bite or chew with normal force
Getting a dental implant will take some time, although it is a fairly straightforward process. At your initial appointment, your dentist will actually install the implant into your jawbone. This is a titanium metal post that your jawbone will fuse around over the next few months.
At another appointment, your dentist will attach a piece called an “abutment” onto the metal post, which allows them to subsequently place a dental crown to cap the structure.