What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns and tooth bridges are two types of prosthetic devices to replace missing teeth. Unlike other solutions such as dentures, crowns and bridges are both permanent.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown or cap is a prosthetic tooth which can either be part of a dental implant when the entire tooth is missing, or it can be attached to a tooth that has been damaged but still has the root intact. In the second scenario, a dental crown can help to protect what is left of the natural tooth.
In the case of a dental implant, a titanium peg or “root” is inserted into the jaw bone and a dental crown is attached to it. Over time the jaw fuses to the titanium root and the implant becomes as strong as the natural tooth was. It also looks and feels completely natural, so only the patient and the patient’s dentist know that the tooth is prosthetic.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a solution that may be recommended if the patient is missing more than one consecutive teeth. A bridge consists of one or more prosthetic teeth that are cemented to the natural teeth on either side or to dental implants on either side. It is called a bridge because it literally bridges the gap where there are missing teeth.
Like implants, bridges can also look quite natural, however, they do not have the “root” that implants do. If you have missing teeth and would like permanent replacements, you should arrange a consultation with your dentist to see whether implants or bridges would be the better option for you.
How to Care for Crowns or Bridges
One of the nice things about crowns and bridges is that because they are permanent, they do not require special care. You only need to brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth. With proper care, bridges and crowns can last a decade or even a lifetime. Keeping your surrounding teeth and gums healthy with good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups is one of the keys to making your crowns or bridges last as long as possible.
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If you have missing teeth and think you might benefit from crowns or bridges, contact Sunlight Dental today and make an appointment with one of our dentists.
Life can be a challenge when you have missing teeth. Not only can it be embarrassing, but missing teeth can cause you problems when eating and talking. It can even compromise the health of the teeth that you have left. Full and partial dentures are one solution, however, if you want to improve your quality of life, you should speak with a dentist in Richmond Hill about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent prosthetic teeth that are secured to the jawbone with titanium pegs or “roots”. These titanium roots are inserted into the jawbone and as the jaw heals, they become extremely secure. A dental crown is placed on top of the root to provide the appearance and functionality of a natural tooth.
How can dental implants improve your life?
Whether you are currently using dentures or you simply have empty gaps in your mouth, dental implants can help to improve your life in the following ways:
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Provided that your jawbone is in good condition and you are otherwise healthy, there is a good chance that you are a candidate for dental implants. Contact Sunlight Dental Clinic today to schedule an appointment with one of our Richmond Hill dentists.
Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile. But when you have teeth that are missing, crooked, stained or misshapen, your smile can feel less than beautiful. You may find yourself avoiding photos – or even worse – avoiding social situations because you don’t feel confident about your smile.
Fortunately, the smile that you have today can be changed through cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is a general term for any dental procedure or a combination of dental procedures that are meant specifically to improve the appearance of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile in several ways including:
Are these procedures covered by my insurance?
Procedures designed to replace and/or straighten teeth may be covered by your insurance if it can be demonstrated that they are being done for reasons other than being strictly cosmetic. Other procedures such as whitening are unlikely to be covered by insurance.
Nevertheless, the benefits you receive from having a better smile and increased confidence can be well worth it.
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If you are unhappy with your smile, contact our office today. One of our dentists would be happy to meet with you and recommend procedures to help improve your smile.
If you are missing all of your teeth, there are several dental remedies available to replace your natural teeth. One of the best options however are full mouth implants or implant-supported full bridges or dentures.
Full mouth implants replace all of your natural teeth as well as some of the roots. Titanium abutements or “roots” are inserted into the bone of the jaw. As the jaw heals, these titanium roots become extremely stable as they bond to the bone. Artificial teeth or crowns are then affixed to these titanium roots. In the case of full mouth implants, you will likely not have a root for every tooth, but some of your artificial teeth will likely be supported by a bridge.
The number of roots that you will need will depend on several factors. Every patient is different and your dentist will work with you to ensure that your treatment gives you the best smile possible.
Compared to conventional dentures, full mouth implants have several advantages:
When it comes to finding a tooth replacement method that looks and feels natural, nothing beats implants. Not only do they look just like real teeth, but because they are so stable, they help you retain most of your chewing and talking ability. With conventional dentures, you may have difficulty eating certain types of food and it some cases, they can interfere with your speech.
When you are missing teeth, the supporting bone structure begins to deteriorate or resorb. This can happen even with traditional dentures. This can cause the jaw to have a collapsed appearance and negatively affect your smile.
With full mouth implants however, the titanium roots help to preserve the bone underneath.
If cared for properly, you full mouth implants can last a very long time – maybe even a lifetime. Implants are cared for the same way that you would care for natural teeth – through regular brushing and flossing.
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If you are missing your teeth and tired of wearing traditional dentures, then full mouth implants may be an option for you. Contact our office today for an appointment with one of our dentists.
If you’ve been in an accident or perhaps are just missing a tooth or two, your dentist may have suggested having a dental implant done. It seems like it’s straight forward enough, but do you know all the details about having a dental implant done? If this is a procedure you’re considering then here’s what you need to know about an implant.
What, exactly, is an implant?
A dental implant is, in short, a fabricated tooth that matches the shape, size and colour of your natural teeth. The implant itself is a replacement for the root, or foundation, of your tooth so that the portion of the tooth you see has something to secure to under your gums. You can have dental implants that are either permanent or removable, which your dentist can discuss the benefits of each with you to determine what’s right for you.
How are they secured?
Well, the short answer is your dentist will secure a post into your jawbone. The roots of your natural teeth go all the way down to your jaw, so it only makes sense that an implant would too. This post will be cemented in so that it can act as a really strong foundation for the tooth on top.
How long do they take to heal?
Depending on your dentist, it will probably take two trips to have a dental implant completely finished. In the first visit your dentist will prepare the space, or spaces, that will have implants in them. They will also complete the post portion of the implant, including drilling and cementing it in place. This procedure can take a couple weeks to heal as they do cut away some of your gums. Your dentist will likely want your gums to completely heal before the put the tooth portion on top of the post and make sure you didn’t have any issues with the post procedure.
If everything has healed well, your dentist will have a tooth made that looks like your other teeth, and ready to put on top of the post so you now no one would even know you were ever missing any teeth.
What are the benefits?
If you have lost a tooth, especially one in the front of your smile, you probably feel like it’s the only thing anyone ever notices about you. An implant can help restore your confidence and make your smile perfect!
Another big benefit, especially if you’ve had dentures for the past bit is that implants make you feel like you’re using your natural teeth. They will fit better than even the best dentures because they aren’t removal and won’t shift during a meal.
Finally, other dental procedures – like crowns – require surrounding teeth to be reduced down to have crowns put on the teeth to anchor the crown or bridge in place. Implants, however, don’t affect any surrounding teeth so they actually support better oral health over time by keeping healthy teeth whole.
Implants can seem like a scary procedure, but if you’ve lost a few teeth implants are a great option to restore your chewing function and perfect your beautiful smile!
As much as we want to blame our poor oral health on our parents and their genes, according to the American Dental Association many common periodontal diseases are not resulted from a single genetic defect, but rather from gene-environment interactions. Research has not yet found a gene that poses significant risks to periodontal health, there are however many environmental factors that can make or break your smile.
Not to worry though, we have you covered. We understand that the dental office is not everyone’s favourite Friday night plan, so we are here to offer you with five simple ways to improve your oral health, the appearance of your smile, and those so called bad genes:
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The idea of having a tooth pulled can be frightening for some people, but tooth extraction is actually a fairly common dental procedure which can leave you with a healthier mouth in the long run.
There are a number of reasons why your dentist might recommend an extraction including trauma, alleviation of crowding, to make room for dentures or because of periodontal disease. The most common reason however is severe dental decay or cavities.
When a cavity is large enough, the tooth can become weak and eventually crack or break. Often, you dentist will be able to save the tooth with a root canal and crown, however when the problem is too severe he or she may recommend a tooth extraction.
Depending on the condition of your tooth, your dentist may recommend that you take an antibiotic prior to the procedure. In this case, he or she will write you a prescription that you should pick up before the day of your tooth extraction and take as recommended.
During the procedure itself, your dentist will numb the surrounding area so that you will not feel any pain. Using forceps, the dentist will loosen the tooth by gently rocking it back and forth until it is loose enough to pull out. In the case of an impacted wisdom tooth, they will also have to remove some of the surrounding gum tissue.
Oftentimes the dentist will finish the procedure by using self-dissolving stitches to close the gum and sometime they will perform a bone graft. A bone graft is usually only done when they are planning for a dental implant, denture or partial denture.
Recovering from a tooth extraction usually takes no more than a few days but it is still important to take the proper precautions. While your dentist will provide you with specific instructions for your situation, some general guidelines are:
Regardless of why might need a tooth extraction, the team at Sunlight Dental Clinic can help make the process as easy as possible and help you restore a healthy smile. Call us today at 905-889-0819