If your teeth are chipped, cracked, or broken, we can repair them. Our doctors have extensive experience in the art of restorative dentistry, which is solely dedicated to help people’s damaged smiles. If your teeth have seen better days, don’t worry, we can bring them back to their former glory. We have a variety of treatments that can address any problem your teeth might have, and they will all give you a functional, gorgeous smile.
The three types of dental bridges are known as traditional, cantilever, and Maryland. Traditional bridges consist of crowns or implants on either side of the tooth that is missing, as well as a replacement tooth that is secured by what’s known as a dental abutment.
Cantilever bridges are utilized when surrounding teeth are located only on one side of the tooth that is missing, while Maryland bridges consist of a specific type of resin that is secured to a metal framework and then attached to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Typically, dental bridges take approximately two to three weeks to complete and are not as invasive as other types of tooth-replacement methods such as dental implants. Provided patients have solid oral-hygiene habits and schedule regular dental visits, they should last for up to three decades.
Full Dentures And Partial Dentures
Fixed or removable partial dentures are also available; these are designed for patients with several missing teeth throughout the upper or lower jaw and made of customized prosthetics within a gum-colored base. Partial dentures stay in place with metal clasps or clips that connect to a person’s natural, healthy teeth. Partial dentures can be removed and allow patients to regain everyday abilities such as speaking more clearly, eating a more varied diet, and smiling with genuine confidence.
Getting dentures is an approximately two-month process that can take several trips to the dentist, though in some instances patients may be able to get same-day dentures, which are made at the dentist’s office rather than at an off-site lab. Same-day dentures are only an option for those who do not require a great deal of customization.
Once ready, dentures require daily care, no different than natural teeth. Typical dentures used under normal conditions will last around five to seven years, though during that period patients might need occasional relines to adjust to the natural variations that can happen in the mouth. The relining of dentures involves resurfacing their bases so that they fit well and function as they should. Broken dentures can be repaired by our dentists, and it is important to have them fixed if they do break. The available repair kits for dentures can often cause extended damage by patients who try to make repairs themselves, which can potentially lead to a costlier bill.
An alternative to having a root canal done is pulp capping, which an option when the infection has not yet penetrated the interior tooth. This option prevents a large dental filling from getting too close to a nerve.