Did you ever look a someone’s smile and think that something looks wrong. It looks like one or more of those teeth don’t belong. They don’t seem to match the other ones. Well those days are over. There are so many new materials available in dentistry these days that whatever goes into your mouth should like it belongs there. While we still do offer amalgam (silver) fillings and metal or gold crowns these are really things of the past. Composite resin (white) fillings offer a number of advantages over the older amalgam fillings. They can actually bond to your own tooth structure and make your tooth stronger and requires less removal of good healthy tooth structure. Of course they also look better and they don’t have any Mercury so they are healthier for you too .
Crowns used to be either gold or porcelain baked onto a metal core. They did the job as far as far as protecting and strengthening week teeth but they looked like crowns not teeth. They also were not always friendly to the surrounding gum tissue which often led to constant bleeding and inflamed gums. Now there are dozens of different non-metal crowns to choose from. They are stronger and healthier for the gum tissues and best of all they look like teeth not crowns . These newer materials can be used for bridges to replace missing teeth and for veneers which are thin coverings that go over your front teeth. With veneers you have the ability now to actually change your smile with minimal tooth preparation . This can really change someone’s life when they can now smile again and feel good about themselves What a confidence boost that can be. The possibilities are endless these days so there really is no excuse to not having a beautiful and healthy mouth.
With the help of a removable appliance there is no reason you can’t have a full complement of teeth. Partial dentures utilize some of your existing teeth to anchor to. They can replace a single missing tooth or almost an entire arch of missing teeth. A full denture replaces all of the teeth and is invaluable for those without teeth. A denture can greatly enhance chewing ability which is vital for proper nutrition. Full or partial dentures can help create a better smile and improve speech both of which can go a long way toward being more confident and being able to enjoy life more.
Ill-fitting dentures whether they are loose or just uncomfortable can be helped with the addition of implants. Adding just 2 implants can really make a difference in a poor fitting or loose lower denture. Adding 4 implants can give the patient the option of a denture that is screwed in and doesn’t have to be removed at night. It’s like having your teeth back again and is an amazing service for those who haven’t had success with traditional dentures.
Implants are an amazing technology. A single implant can replace almost any missing tooth in the mouth. The best part is that with an implant there is no need to touch the teeth on either side of the missing one. In the past a bridge would be done which involved placing crowns on the teeth in front of and behind the missing one. Often this would result in unnecessary removal of good healthy tooth structure. With implants this is eliminated. Implants can also be used to hold in dentures. You can choose from a denture that snaps onto the implants and is still removed at night or a denture that actually gets screwed onto the implants and is only removed by the dentist every few months to clean under it.
With these options there is no longer a need for poor fitting dentures and the need for tons of denture adhesive. Perhaps the nicest thing about implants is that they don’t decay. Any restoration that is placed whether it is a small filling or a crown will eventually develop recurrent decay and will need to be replaced. Since an implant is not a real tooth it will never decay
Fillings are done to repair the holes left in a tooth when all the decay is removed. While we still do offer the old silver or amalgam fillings, the newer composite resin fillings or white fillings do a much better job restoring teeth and are much more aesthetically pleasing.
A crown is done to protect a tooth from further trauma when a filling just won’t cut it. If a cavity is too big or there is not an adequate amount of remaining tooth structure after the decay is excavated then a crown is done. In the past crowns were metal or porcelain attached to metal. These crowns did a good job protecting teeth, but were aesthetically unappealing and also irritating to the gum tissue. Thanks to new technology and materials we can provide crowns that have no metal in them. These new crowns are stronger, more aesthetically pleasing and healthier for the gum tissue. They also require less healthy tooth structure to be removed during the crown process.