A bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
There are different types of bridges, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges are made using the indirect method of restoration however, bridges can be fabricated directly in the mouth using such materials as composite resin.
A bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated. In other words, the abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth.
During your initial consultation, we will examine the health of your gums and other teeth to evaluate if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. You will then be given a local anesthetic, after which we will prepare the teeth required to support the bridge. If the support teeth are badly broken down or decayed, we may have to build them up before they can be used as support teeth for the bridge.
We will make an impression of the prepared teeth. Your bridge will be fabricated on this cast by our skilled dental technologists so that it precisely fits the prepared teeth. While your bridge is being fabricated, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge so the teeth and gums can be protected from damage until the permanent bridge is made.
The dental bridge treatment will be completed during a second visit to our office. The bridge will be fitted and cemented.
We offer conventional metal based ceramic bridges as well as non-metal based, all-ceramic crowns that are customized to your mouth.
Our dental crown procedure will encase a needy tooth with custom-designed ceramic – in one appointment.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. While unarguably beneficial to dental health, the procedure and materials can be relatively expensive.
The CAD/CAM method of fabricating all-ceramic restorations is by electronically capturing and storing a photographic image of the prepared tooth and, using computer technology, crafting a 3D restoration design that conforms to all the necessary specifications of the proposed inlay, onlay or single-unit crown; there is no impression. After selecting the proper features and making various decisions on the computerized model, the dentist directs the computer to send the information to a local milling machine. This machine will then use its specially designed diamond burs to mill the restoration from a solid ingot of a ceramic of pre-determined shade to match the patient’s tooth. After about 20 minutes, the restoration is complete, and the dentist sections it from the remainder of the unmilled ingot and tries it in the mouth. If the restoration fits well, the dentist can cement the restoration immediately.
Dental implants are the most pleasing aesthetic solution for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium tooth/root substitutes that are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as anchors to stabilize artificial teeth. They can replace one, some, or all missing teeth and help anchor dentures, crowns or bridges in place. Individuals with adequate bone level and density who are not prone to infection and can maintain stringent oral hygiene are good candidates according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Chronic problems, such as clenching, bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, decrease the success rate for implants dramatically. Additionally, people who smoke or drink alcohol may not be good candidates.
Implant treatment consists of two surgical stages and a restorative phase, generally over a period between 4-8 months. First, the implants are placed and buried in bone and allowed to heal for a period of 3-6 months. A second, simpler surgery is then needed to expose the implants for final restorations. The restorative treatment will follow with impression and fitting of the prostheses.
With CEREC, your procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) is a dental restoration product that allows a dental practitioner to produce an indirect ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies, including 3D photography and CAD/CAM. With CEREC, teeth can be restored in a single sitting with the patient, rather than the multiple sittings required with earlier techniques. Additionally, with the latest software and hardware updates, crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays can be prepared, using different types of ceramic material.
Single Appointment Dental Care:
Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. This means that on the first visit, you get an injection of anesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later, get another injection, have the temporary pried off and have a permanent restoration put on. With CEREC, the procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish. With CEREC, the Dentist can use strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function.
Finest Dental Materials:
These materials match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when hot food or cold drinks are consumed the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so the dentist can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.
If you’ve lost some, or all, of your natural teeth, dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile.
Dentures (more commonly known as false teeth) are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older.
There are various types of dentures. A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. It can be attached to the teeth with clasps (clasp or conventional partial) or it can be attached to the teeth with crowns with precision attachments (hidden clasps). Both types have a metal framework and plastic teeth and gum areas.
A fixed denture replacement solution consists of a dental implant bridge (sometimes called permanent dentures) that is supported by four or more dental implants. By using dental implants to secure the permanent dentures, the need for denture adhesive is a thing of the past. Because the dental implants function like the natural roots, the permanent dentures will feel very much like your natural teeth did.
While there are a variety of consumer teeth whitening products available on the market today – many touting themselves “instant whiteners” – results vary great for each individual. For best results (obtaining the whitest smile possible, even colouration, and other factors), whitening should be undertaken by specialists.
There are two main methods of whitening. The first method is in-office, and involves applying a high concentration of whitening agent for a short period of time. A light-cured protective barrier is carefully painted on the gums and papilla (the tips of the gums between the teeth) to ensure the bleaching agent only reacts with teeth, and keeps the gums and papilla untouched. This in office method takes about 1.5 hours and can produce immediate results.
The other method involves using a thin mouthguard or strip to hold a low concentration of whitening agent next to the teeth for as long as several hours per day for a period of 5 to 14 days. This process is slower, although quite effective.
In a consultation, we’ll discuss which option is best suited to you. In fact there are times when we use both options in combination to maximize the effect.
Prosthodontic treatment will result in improved function, aesthetics, elimination of pain and diseases. That’s worth smiling about.
We offer a variety of treatment options in dental implants, fixed or removable prosthesese depending on patients existing oral conditions and needs.
Dental implant patients range from age nine to 99. A single congenitally missing tooth can dramatically change the life of a child; the replacement of dentures in an older patient can make the golden years more fulfilling, and considerably gentler to both the digestive tract and the cardiovascular system. Generally, only patients with rare blood diseases, leukemia, or patients being treated with chemotherapy are contraindicated. Patients who have successfully undergone cancer therapy and received permission from their oncologist may benefit from implant treatment.
Improved Facial Appearance
When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process. Dental implants look and feel like your own natural teeth.
Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort. Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone. Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.
With ill fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Replacement teeth allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.
The average denture patient with an excellent fitting denture eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As the jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth. This allows you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain, enjoy what everyone is eating and not think twice about it. A full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and reduces the ability to taste foods. With dental implants, you can have the palate removed from your upper denture so you can taste and enjoy your food.
Dental implants can eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. You will eliminate the use of gooey denture adhesives that must be re-applied throughout the day. You will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, for fear that your teeth will pop out or fall down.
Dental implants are often more appropriate than a bridge for thereplacement of one or more adjacent teeth. With conventionalbridgework, the teeth surrounding missing teeth must be grounddown. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify these teeth, resulting in a conservative, yet esthetic restoration.
Improved Self Esteem
Considering all other benefits, dental implants can improve your self-esteem. You may feel better about yourself. You can regain nearly all the capabilities that most people have with natural teeth, giving you renewed confidence, and allowing you to enjoy life, do what everyone else is doing and not think twice about it.
Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain that attach to the front of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth that are worn, chipped, misaligned, stained or otherwise discolored. Porcelain veneers are basically very thin “false fronts” for your teeth. They are custom created based on a mold of your mouth and teeth, then they are attached to your teeth using a high-strength dental bonding agent. The new porcelain veneer will look quite natural and white. Porcelain veneers are very strong, and they are very adept at resisting staining.
The procedure generally is done in two visits: the first to lightly prepare the teeth and make the impressions; and the second to apply the custom created veneers. A third visit is also usually scheduled a week after the procedure to evaluate the placement, perform minor adjustments and answer any questions you may have. Our on-site laboratory technicians help customize each and every case, thus achieving the most esthetic and natural outcome.