If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge is a great option for restoring your smile. The most common type of bridge consists of three parts, two crowns that are attached to adjacent teeth (called abutments) with an artificial tooth (pontic) suspended in between. Advances in dental materials have helped dentists create bridges that are both natural-looking and durable. With proper hygiene and care, dental bridges can last ten years or more. If you are considering dental bridges as a solution for your smile, here are four reasons to choose this type of dental restoration.
- Restore the appearance of your smile. The first reason is probably the most obvious one and the goal of any dental restoration. It can be difficult living with missing teeth, as it can affect your self-confidence. You might spend a lot of time and energy trying to hide or disguise your missing teeth, but a dental bridge can spare you that by restoring your smile and confidence.
- Restore function. Of course, missing teeth don’t just affect your appearance, but the function of your teeth as well. Depending on where the gap is located, you may not be able to enjoy certain foods anymore, either because it’s too difficult to chew or hurts to chew it. A dental bridge can help to allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again.
- Maintain the shape of your face. Even one missing tooth can affect the shape of your face by giving it a sunken appearance. Replacing the tooth fills your face out again, which can give you a more youthful appearance.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting. Your teeth are always moving slightly, but they help keep each other in place. When you have a gap in your teeth, the remaining teeth will try to drift gradually into that empty space.
If you’re tired of living with missing teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a dental bridge.
Some things that we will be discussing may be very loosely defined as “emergencies.” However, some of these things really are an emergency and must be addressed right away, or serious troubles can be developed.
Cut, or Bitten Lip, Tongue, or Cheek
This is one of those things that maybe our children will think is a serious emergency, but when it comes to their overall health, is something that can be dealt with quickly and will heal very soon. However, at the moment, it may very well feel like an emergency to everyone involved.
If you or your child have a cut lip, tongue, or cheek and it is bleeding, it can become serious depending on the severity. Apply pressure with a clean cloth or gauze. You should also apply ice to any bruised area. If the bleeding cannot be controlled within about 20 minutes using simple pressure, then the case may very well be serious, and you should seek medical attention promptly.
Knocked out, or Broken Permanent Tooth
This situation is not life-threatening, but when it comes to the future of your smile, it is indeed an emergency, and prompt action must be taken. You may wash the tooth, but do not handle it unnecessarily and do not handle it by the root portion. Try to put the tooth back into place and hold it there using a clean cloth or gauze. If it is not possible to put the tooth back into place, then you can carry it in a jar of milk or water. You must see the dentist right away; a tooth can still be saved if you rush to the dentist sooner rather than later.
If the tooth is chipped or broken, rinse any dirt off of the broken fragments and apply a cold compress to the injured area. Time is of the essence in this situation as well. Hurrying to the dentist can mean saving your tooth.
Everyone wants the best-looking smile. One of the things that contribute to a great smile is the color of your teeth. Most people strive for the whitest shade possible. There are many products available today that promise to whiten and brighten your teeth. Which one should you choose?
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips are also a good alternative if you do not want to go to a dentist or do not have a dental provider. You can find strips at most grocery or convenience stores. These strips come in different shades of white and different processing times. These strips can be a one-time use or used several times.
Toothpaste & Powders
Toothpaste or powders that promise many shades after one-time use are false. It is a process that takes time to progress to the shade you want. Most people are promised great results with these simple products are very disappointed. It is important to whiten teeth in sessions or slowly to prevent sensitivities or breakdown of enamel.
For dramatic results, baking soda whitening does not work. Baking soda does a great job of cleaning surfaces and breaking down build-up on teeth. This may give the illusion of whiter teeth, however, does not actually work as great for people with very stained teeth or those looking for a dramatic difference.
Peroxide washes are similar to baking soda whitening. They are helpful, but they do not give most people the desired dramatic results you would hope for. The uncomfortable taste is not helpful or worth the whitening that one expects.
The fastest way to whiten your teeth is by going to a professional dentist and getting your teeth whitened using their technology. Going to a dentist can guarantee that you can communicate the level of teeth whitening you want. This method is recommended and is trusted by many, as there are people trained to perform this procedure.
Getting a dental crown can help restore the aesthetic beauty, strength, and functionality of an impaired tooth. Crowns have been around for decades in various forms such as wood or gold, but the ones that are placed today are made of durable porcelain or composite resin, so they better resemble natural teeth.
Getting a Dental Crown
Dental crowns, or a tooth cap, can repair your smile both cosmetically and restoratively. For restoration, a crown will bring back strength to a tooth weakened by decay, damage or root canal therapy. A severely cracked or broken tooth cannot be repaired with a traditional filling. There is often not enough healthy enamel left to place a filling, and the material is not as strong as a crown. In this situation, a dental crown can be crafted to fill in the missing structure and add strength.
Lost Tooth or Teeth
Tooth extraction is always the last resort. A healthy jaw requires teeth for stability and structure. A lost tooth or teeth leave space in the mouth and a gap in the jaw bone where roots are missing. The empty bone eventually deteriorates when it is not supporting a tooth root. A dental crown will usually cover the root or cap a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy, to encourage the bone to thrive.
Tooth crowns are also placed over dental implant posts. The crown is the visible prosthetic that serves as a replacement tooth. Here, a dental crown supports both the bone and surrounding teeth.
Caps for Cosmetic Repair
In cosmetic dentistry, tooth caps are used to restore beautiful smiles, Broken, misshapen, badly discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth can be enhanced with dental crowns. Cosmetic crowns are most commonly used for the following purposes:
- Repairing a damaged tooth
- Covering enamel loss resulting from bruxism
- Masking tooth discoloration that cannot be corrected with teeth bleaching
- Reinforcing a weakened tooth after root canal treatment
- Protecting and strengthening a severely decayed tooth repaired with a large filling
- Halting the further spread of decay
- Fixing a tooth that cannot withstand composite bonding
Dental Crown Procedure
The application procedure is completed in two in-house visits. During the initial stage, the tooth is prepared for placement of the crown. The affected tooth is cleaned and reshaped under local anesthesia. A 3-D image is created of the tooth using CEREC equipment. This is how the final crown is made. Once the milling process is finished, the cap is fixed in place and polished.
At Antoine Dental Center, tooth crowns are not reserved only for royalty. All of our patients can receive tooth repair fit for a king, using state-of-the-art CEREC technology. In one visit we can create durable and attractive dental crowns that restore the strength, health, and stability of imperfect teeth.