Restoring a broken, decayed or damaged tooth- or replacing one or more missing teeth- is now simpler than ever. Thanks to advancements in restorative dentistry, even patients who are missing most of their teeth can look forward to a natural looking smile.
If a patient’s tooth is mostly intact, but is deeply discolored, cracked or chipped, veneers can strengthen and restore the appearance of the tooth. Veneers are wafer- thin porcelain shells that fit over the tooth. The tooth enamel may have to be eroded slightly to make way for the veneer.
For patients only missing one tooth, a dental implant is a likely solution. With dental implants, a small titanium post is inserted into the gum where the natural tooth used to be. A prosthetic tooth is then fastened to the post. The implant is crafted to blend in with the rest of the teeth, and is considered a permanent restoration.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges, but the “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to artificial teeth, filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
If a patient is missing all or most of their teeth, dentures may be the best option. Dentures are custom- created in a dental lab from molds of your gums/ teeth. Dentures may take some adjustment and time to get used to. One drawback to dentures is that over time, the jaw can shrink. The dentures will then need to be reshaped or remade.
If you are missing teeth, feel free to come in to Clear Dental for an evaluation to determine the best treatment plan to fit your unique situation, lifestyle and budget.