Dental implants can provide a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are composed of a titanium post, which is placed into the jawbone. An abutment that sits on top of the post, and then a custom dental crown gives the finished look. A dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth by mimicking a natural tooth root. Both durable and appealing, dental implants are the most often recommended treatment option for one or more missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are often used as a substitute to traditional removable dentures, as they can provide a number of advantages. Some of the benefits include:
- Jawbone density preservation.
- Natural-looking results
- Secure fit that allows you to eat and speak comfortably
- No rubbing or irritation on the gumline or soft tissues
- Long-lasting, and potentially permanent results
- Are cared for the same way you care for natural teeth
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
We will thoroughly evaluate your oral structures during the initial consultation and determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. If that is not the case, we will discuss alternative options to address your concerns.
Dentures (Complete and Partial)
For patients who are not candidates for dental implants and for those who desire other options for missing teeth replacement, complete or partial dentures may be the ideal option. A complete set of dentures can be performed for patients who are missing all of their teeth. This option utilizes an oral appliance affixed with natural-looking artificial teeth. It is custom-designed for the best possible fit and appearance. In addition to helping with chewing and speaking, a complete set of dentures can create a fuller profile of the face, which can have an effect on one’s overall appearance.
Partial dentures can be an option for patients who are missing multiple teeth in certain areas of the mouth. In most cases, they are designed to fill large spaces between existing teeth. They can also be created to cover an entire section of the mouth. Custom-designed partial dentures are removable, with results that can look and feel very natural.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are used to restore a tooth that would otherwise be in danger of breaking. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. A crown is typically crafted from strong porcelain material and affixed to the affected tooth with a durable dental resin. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size and colour of the tooth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
A bridge is a fixed dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. They are cemented in place using the surrounding teeth as support. Typically, a bridge consists of two crowns that go over the two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), to fill in the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental crown or bridge may be recommended to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
If you have any questions regarding dental crowns or bridges, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
Metal-Free (Tooth-Coloured) Fillings
The standard in many dental practices today is to use completely metal-free fillings to treat cavities. These “tooth-coloured” fillings have supplanted the amalgam, metallic-looking fillings of the past, many of which contained small levels of mercury. Tooth-coloured fillings are composed of a durable composite resin material that can more easily blend in with the affected tooth’s natural colour, making it virtually unnoticeable. It can be used to fill cavities, replace old fillings, restore broken cusps of teeth, and to replace worn enamel.