A Crown is a sound option for reinforcing existing teeth to ensure long-lasting function. The outer layer of teeth is made of enamel, a hard and strong substance. Sometimes this is weakened through dental trauma, decay or a severely broken down tooth and the best way to maintain the tooth is by strengthening it with a crown. A crown fits over a specifically prepared tooth and replaces the natural crown. This usually occurs over two appointments.
A bridge is one option available to replace one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth may need to be replaced to improve aesthetics and speech, reduce stresses causing damage to other teeth and to improve function and prevent teeth moving. A bridge is similar to a crown in the way that the teeth are prepared, however a bridge will span the space of a missing tooth (or teeth) and is anchored to teeth on either side of that space. This provides a good sound replacement for missing teeth. Crowns and Bridges should last for many years. You can protect your investment and obtain the best possible outcome with good oral hygiene, flossing under the bridge with super floss and maintaining regular dental check ups. As with natural teeth, how long they last depends on many factors including oral health and the forces applied to your teeth. Prior to the preparation of the crown or bridge your tooth may require removal of any old restorations and the placement of a core (restoration placed under the crown). Root canal treatment may also be required and a post may be beneficial for better retention of the crown.
Implants are a great option to consider to replace single or multiple missing teeth. An implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is inserted into the bone of the jaw. A prosthetic tooth (or crown) is placed on top of the implant to replace the missing tooth. An implant provides a good functioning alternative to a denture or bridge. Advantages of implants include the strength of the restoration. It is possible to replace teeth without affecting the surrounding teeth (as with bridges), they generally have a very good success rate and prognosis.
Most people are able to have implants. However there are some consideration that may reduce the chance of success. These include active periodontal disease and bone loss, smoking and medical illness such as uncontrolled diabetes or blood disorders. Once an implant has been successfully placed, it is important to protect your investment with good oral hygiene. It is important to brush and floss implants regularly – just as with your natural teeth – in order to limit the risk of plaque and calculus build-up and potential problems. Regular dental check-ups will also help in their maintenance. Properly maintained implants will last for many years, although repairs may be required over time.
Dentures either partial or complete, are a sound replacement option of missing teeth. Dentures are as individual as the person wearing them and a thorough assessment through examination and radiographs is recommended to facilitate the best possible outcome. We are able to fabricate complete dentures, partial acrylic dentures and partial chrome cobalt dentures.
Occlusal rehabilitation is the process of reclaiming lost or worn tooth structure. Teeth may be damaged by grinding, decay or erosion leading to a loss of function and aesthetics. These can be repaired with a combination of reconstructive dental solutions including composite restorations, crowns and implants.
As with all dental treatment, a thorough assessment of your teeth and the hard and soft supportive structures through an examination and radiographic assessment will provide the best possible outcome.