Prosthetics

Denture

Dentures appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.

 

The Procedure

Careful measurements are made of the mouth and an impression of the teeth is taken.  The impression is sent to a dental lab where they create a model of the teeth.  Both complete dentures and partial dentures are finely crafted and custom-fitted to the patient.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Dentures provide a great, natural-looking smile.  They can take some getting used to, though. Maintenance must be done and irritation or sores may occur.  Since the mouth changes over time, minor denture adjustments may be necessary.  Chewing efficiency may decline to 20% of natural teeth.  Discuss options, cost & insurance coverage with your dentist.

 

Crowns Restore and Protect Teeth

A crown is custom-made to completely cover a tooth.  Crowns repair and restore the strength of a damaged tooth.  They can also be used to improve appearance by covering a discolored or misshaped tooth.

Bridge

When two or more crowns are connected together, they are called a bridge. A bridge may fill a space where teeth are missing, using the adjacent teeth for support.

Without Bridge With Bridge  
Without Bridge With Bridge  
 

Chain Reaction of Problems

When a tooth is missing, your surrounding teeth may shift and your face’s contours change, often in unattractive ways.  In addition, this can create excessive stress on your temporalmandibular joint (TMJ) when you chew.  It’s much harder to clean shifted teeth, so harmful tartar can build up and cause cavities and gum diseases. 

 

You may need a crown or bridge if:

  • Your tooth is fractured
  • An old crown or filling failed
  • You had a root canal
  • You have a very large cavity
  • You want to improve a tooth’s appearance

How It's Made

Crowns and bridges require at least two visits. We prepare and shape your tooth, taking an impression.  A dental lab uses the impression to make a model and fabricates your crown or bridge. They are made from a variety of strong materials such as porcelain, gold, alloys or zirconium. We then receive the product and cement it on the needed tooth.

 

What are implants?

Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted in the bone of the jaw.  A newly formed tooth is then anchored to the implant.  Because the implant is inserted into the jaw, surrounding teeth are not affected and bone levels are preserved.  The best time to have an implant is immediately after the natural tooth is extracted to minimize bone loss. 

 
 

What are the Advantages?

Implants are often the best way to replace missing teeth.  We can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or a full set of teeth to replace dentures.  Dentures, bridges or individual teeth can be attached to implants, which provide stability, a secure fit, and a more natural look and feel.