For individuals suffering from advanced cosmetic degeneration in one or more teeth beyond the help of a simple cleaning or whitening, more drastic measures of improvement may be required. This prognosis can certainly be an unwelcome one, as many of the cosmetic procedures in this category require a significant time commitment on the part of the recipient to give your dental lab an adequate window of time in which to manufacture your crown, bridge, implant, or set of veneers. Same day dentistry is a revolutionary new way of working that allows your dental care provider to evaluate your mouth, collect the relevant data using special equipment, and actually have the restorative implement made in-office that day, allowing them to perform the procedure with no waiting period required.
During the appointment, our dentist will clean out any debris. Measurements will be taken and instead of an x-ray you will be put through a much more accurate CT scan, capable of gathering much more data about your mouth and teeth than technology of the past. This information will be fed into a 3D printer, and once the machine is done making your new implant or crown a reality, the rest of the process is a simple as having it placed and cemented to your teeth.
Those with active adult lives probably stand to benefit the most from a same day workflow when it comes to enhancing their smiles. A same day procedure eliminates the hassle of endless trips to and from the office and less time wasted in the chair. It also makes the need for temporary measures of protecting exposed, sculpted teeth with non-permanent crowns and retainers obsolete, minimizing the risk of bacteria complicating any part of the process. A same day procedure also requires less long-term planning, which makes it ideal for individuals whose teeth have become lost or damaged unexpectedly, such as in the case of a car accident. A same day restoration will allow you to walk out of the office with teeth just as radiant as they were before.
When a tooth has become fractured or is deeply decayed, extraction may be the first solution that immediately comes to mind. In some cases, however, action this drastic is not necessarily required; if our dentist believes that there is a possibility of saving the tooth in question, he may suggest the possibility of having one or more porcelain crowns placed in your mouth.
Dental crowns are restorative fixtures that are placed over badly damaged teeth that are still firmly rooted in the gums. Our dentist will remove a portion of the outer enamel of the tooth to accommodate the bulk of the crown, clean the area, and set the crown with a special type of light-sensitive cement; in many cases, there will be a waiting period between your initial appointment and the final placement of the crown. In scenarios like this, the patient will most likely be given a temporary crown to protect the tooth of contention.
The applications dental crowns are suitable for span from the practical to the purely cosmetic. While some people may elect voluntarily to have one placed in their mouth, there are plenty of cases that may require that a tooth be protected for medically necessary reasons, as well. A patient who is interested in changing the size, shape, or color of an otherwise undamaged tooth can absolutely do so through the use of a dental crown. In the case of a tooth which has sustained physical damage and has become chipped, cracked, or fractured completely, a crown can be used to both protect the delicate inner membrane of the tooth and also to hold it together in place, salvaging it and saving you the trouble of needing to replace it through more invasive means, such as a dental implant. The same can be said for a tooth that is crumbling in decay and is too painful to leave fully exposed. Dental crowns can also be used to support other cosmetic fixtures present in the mouth; for example, a crown can serve as the abutment on either side of a dental bridge, restoring multiple teeth in the process. They can also be used to cover a dental implant.
If you feel that your particular case could possibly benefit from a dental crown, consult with our dentist in Torrance at your next appointment. We will no doubt be able to guide you to the most suitable solution for what you wish to improve about your smile.
If you’re in the market for an implant, or have already undergone the procedure to replace one or more teeth, you may have questions concerning the future of your newly-restored smile. Naturally, any person who has taken the time and made the investment to have an implant installed will want to do all they can to ensure that their new tooth lasts as long as possible. Our Beverly Hills dental implants dentist has all of the information you seek and the expertise needed to help you keep your implant safe, healthy, and in tact.
A dental implant consists of three main components: a titanium screw is drilled down into the bone and acts as the main body of support for the false tooth that will eventually be placed over top. Between the top and the screw is a base used to connect them, acting as the tooth to which the eventual dental crown bearing the false tooth will be placed and affixed. It is generally understood that if an implant is going to fail, it will do so immediately following the procedure, as opposed to performing well for an extended period of time only to break down later on down the line. Modern breakthroughs in the technology and technique surrounding the procedure, however, have made rejection less of a possibility than ever, making this a safer and more effective means of replacing teeth with every advancement.
The longevity of your implant will also depend on the condition your mouth was in when you had the procedure done; poor health in the mouth and body of the patient may make your bones and gums less capable of healing properly under the new imposition of the implant.
As far as a hard number in terms of the amount of time the average implant will last usably, most dentists will agree that a properly-maintained implant will remain undamaged enough to perform the same tasks as a regular tooth for decades, upwards of forty years if the patient takes care of it meticulously and doesn’t skip any in-office appointments to check up on it. What is a more pressing issue than the failure of the implanted screw itself is the possibility of the crown on top deteriorating, falling out entirely, or cracking under the pressure of day-to-day activity. This is a problem much more easily solved by your dentist than replacing the implant as a whole.
If you are missing one or more teeth, there are a few dental restoration options available to you. There are dental implants and there are also dental bridges. Average adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have three decayed or missing teeth. There are four types bridges that are used today that help bridge gaps and improve your smile.
The first type of bridge is a traditional bridge, which is the most popular. These are made up of one or more fake teeth and are held in place by a dental crown. The crowns are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth or tooth for support. These bridges are great for patients who have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. These bridges are even strong enough to replace molars.
Cantilever bridges are also another option for replacing teeth. However, with this bridge the fake teeth are supported with a crown only on one side rather than both sides. If there’s only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be used. Much like the traditional method, the adjacent tooth will need to be prepared by removing its enamel.
A more conservative option is a Maryland bridge. These bridges consist of false teeth held together by porcelain or metal frameworks. The framework is bonded to the backs of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Since there is no crown used during this method, the adjacent teeth do not need to be filed down. Of note, the strength of the bridge is limited by the strength of the resin that holds it in place. It’s important to take special care of this type of bridge since the strength of it is limited.
There’s also implant-supported bridges to replace teeth. These can be used if you have more than one missing teeth. Instead of using crowns or frameworks, these bridges are supported by dental implants. There is usually one implant placed for each missing tooth. The series of implants holds the bridge in place. If it’s not possible to place one implant for every lost tooth, the bridge may be suspended between two-implant supported crowns.
Talk to our Northridge dentist about improving your smile. We can examine your teeth and gums and choose the best restoration option possible. If you have one or more missing teeth, there are multiple options available to you. We can improve your smile and make it look as natural as possible. Schedule a consultation with us today.