With proper care most teeth can be restored to full function.
· Porcelain Crowns
Crowns are an ideal way to repair teeth that have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown may also be recommended by the dentist for someone who wants to improve the appearance of the tooth or to help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place. Teeth that have had a root canal also require a crown to protect what is left of the tooth.
How is a crown prepared?
Receiving a crown requires two appointments. First, the dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown, removing a layer of the outer surface, and leaving a strong inner core. Once the tooth is shaped, an impression (or mold) of the tooth is prepared to be sent to the lab. The dentist will then apply a temporary crown to the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
The patient is required to come back in approximately 2 weeks to have the permanent crown placed. The color of the porcelain crown will be matched to the patient's preference with the help of our dental team.
· Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent option to replace missing teeth. Porcelain fixed bridges are popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to artificial teeth to fill in the gap when one or more teeth are missing.
Some people choose to get a porcelain fixed bridge to fill the space of missing teeth, maintain facial shape, prevent teeth from drifting out of position, or to restore chewing and speaking ability.
· Composite Filling (White fillings)
Composite fillings are used when a tooth has been affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. It can also be used to close spaces between two teeth or build up worn teeth. The advantage of a composite filling is that it can be closely matched to the shade of each person's teeth. Thus, making it virtually impossible to detect. Composite fillings are very durable and will last many years.
· Complete and Partial Dentures
There are two types of dentures, complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth remain.
These removable dental appliances are very durable and will last many years. People choose to get dentures for several reasons, including enhancing smile and facial tissues, and improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments over several weeks. Highly personalized impressions and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Following this, it is important to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture. There is an adjustment time wearing a new denture in which you may experience some soreness and possible speech and chewing difficulty. This should subside as you get used to wearing the new device.
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