Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by dentist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.
Benefits of Bridges & Crowns
In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a severe bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.
When you think of orthodontic treatment you probably immediately think of those metal braces that look like train tracks. Although these traditional braces are still one of the most effective treatment options out there for straightening teeth, they’re not like they used to be.
How do conventional braces work?
Conventional braces work using individual brackets and archwires to move your teeth into position. Each bracket is fitted to the surface of your tooth and the archwire is slotted into these brackets. As the archwire attempts to straighten using light force from elastic bands, it gradually moves your teeth into their desired position.
How long do conventional braces take?
This depends on your orthodontic requirements and every case is different; however, you can expect conventional braces to take anywhere between 12 and 24 months.
Your smile is the first impression that others have of you, so it makes sense that you would want it to be bright, white and healthy. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, more than 99 percent of all American adults believe that a smile is an important asset for social situations. Perhaps that is why so many patients are electing cosmetic dental procedures to improve their smiles and boost self-confidence.
Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics that are manufactured to last a lifetime. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is mounted atop the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent bone atrophy in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile.
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Benefits of Dentures
Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably.
Braces are the standard for orthodontic correction, but few adults want to wear a mouthful of metal for a year or more while teeth are moved into better alignment. Clear Path addresses this problem by offering a discreet alternative to metal braces. With Clear Correct treatment, there are no brackets and wires. Instead, you’ll receive a customized series of clear aligners that you’ll wear for at least 22 hours every day. The aligners will straighten the teeth little by little over the course of several months or years until you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Did you know…
that orthodontic treatments can be successful for patients of all ages? Because of advancements in subtle orthodontics, adults are beginning to represent nearly half of all orthodontic patients in the U.S. Clear Correct aligning trays are nearly invisible and so discreet that they have no effect on your day-to- day interactions. Although every patient is different, most adults can expect to wear Clear Correct aligners for between one and two years.
Preventative care is a foundation of dentistry.We believe strongly in taking a preventative approach to dental care. Promoting health through preventative and routine hygiene care is the heart of our practice. More that just “cleaning”, these visits allow us to monitor your health and catch potential problems early. Ask us about the latest techniques and products to assist you, we are here to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.
Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s office, it is considered surgery. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.
Teeth whitening is a popular and commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is designed to enhance your appearance by reducing tooth discoloration and staining to bring out your brighter, whiter smile. There are a number of reasons that can cause staining of your teeth. Teeth are porous and therefore not resistant to stains.Smoking and excessive consumption of coffee, tea, and sodas are among some of the food items that can cause tooth discoloration over a period of time. Certain medications (e.g. antibiotics such as tetracycline) can cause significant staining, resulting in yellow, grayish teeth. Tooth discoloration can also result due to flourosis (i.e. increased quantities of fluoride in the water), dental caries and enamel dysplasias (abnormalities in the enamel structure). Tooth trauma caused by a fall or sudden impact can cause tooth discoloration. Trauma could result in tooth death (tooth necrosis) which causes discoloration. Root Canal Treatment is required for the treatment of tooth necrosis, after which internal bleaching can be performed to correct discoloration.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.
The E-Max veneer is a type of all-ceramic dental restoration which is preferred for its longer lasting, aesthetic qualities. This and the Zirconia crowns are worn due to their highly attractive appearance which ensures that they compliment the rest of your teeth. E.MAX has an appealing translucent color which is combined with extra strength and durability.