Our teeth are supposed to remain in place for the entirely of our lives. Unfortunately, they sometimes need to be extracted due to poor health, or become knocked-out due to physical accident. There are a few different ways that these teeth can be replaced, once of which is with a dental bridge.
Dental bridges are comprised of pontics, or artificial teeth, and dental crowns. One or more pontics are used to fill in gaps left in the smile left by missing teeth. They are connected to one another, as well as dental crowns on either side. The crowns are placed on the adjacent healthy teeth on either end of the gap.
It is important to replace teeth as quickly as possible, as this can lead to serious dental, oral, and overall health problems. Without the teeth, the underlying jaw bone is not being stimulated. Over time, this can lead to diminished bone tissue, and ultimately, an altered facial structure. Our emergency dentists in Los Angeles may therefore recommend a dental bridge immediately after tooth loss.
To learn more about emergency dental bridges, talk to our professionals or visit our website today.
When a tooth is knocked-out or extracted, there is room for several dental and oral health issues to arise. For example, without the tooth to stimulate the underlying structure when chewing food, the jaw bone tissue can begin to diminish, greatly affecting the shape of the lower face. To avoid issues such as this, our smile makeover dentist might recommend a dental implant.
There are many materials involved when getting a dental implant. The process will begin with our dentist creating a hole in the area of the missing tooth. A titanium post makes up the main part of any dental implant. It is inserted into the hole and allowed to fuse with the jaw bone over the course of several months. Titanium is used because it is the only element that can fuse with human bone without being rejected and causing infection.
The implant will be temporarily covered with a dental crown until a permanent one can be placed after the healing process. The crown will most likely be made of porcelain or composite resin. Both of these dental materials are strong and match the natural color of the teeth.
Our dentist can discuss dental implant material options with you further, if needed.
When a tooth is decayed or damaged, a restoration will be used to restore the tooth’s strength, shape, size, and appearance. Our dentists in Torrance will choose a restoration based on the extent of the damage and your needs.
Several types of restorations are available, including:
1. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is typically used for cosmetic restorations, such as discolorations or small chips. This is a fast, affordable restoration that can typically be performed without anesthesia, and offers aesthetically pleasing results.
2. Dental filling
A filling is usually needed when a tooth has a cavity or small area of damage. The filling is placed to strengthen the tooth, restore the lost structure, and protect from additional damage.
3. Inlay and onlay
An inlay or onlay is used when the tooth is too damaged for a filling. These restorations are made in a dental lab much like a crown but require less preparation, which means they are a more conservative option.
4. Dental crown
A crown is used when a tooth has been badly damaged and must be fully covered. This can happen when a tooth is broken near the gum line, cracked, or has had a large filling or root canal treatment.
Call our dental office today to learn more about the best dental restoration for your smile or to schedule an appointment with our team.
If you are not happy with the way one or more of your teeth look, you might be a candidate for dental bonding. Bonding is a special procedure in which tooth-colored composite resin is used to repair damaged teeth and conceal cosmetic imperfections. Composite resin is a pliable, putty-like material that is easy to manipulate on the tooth, and when it has been shaped and contoured, it can be cured with a light, making it strong and durable.
Our cosmetic dentist in Agoura Hills may recommend bonding if you have:
• A chipped or cracked tooth that affects the way your smile looks
• A receding gum line or exposed roots, especially if your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods or drinks
• Stains or discolorations that do not respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments
• Abnormally short or misshapen teeth
• Worn teeth
• Gaps or slightly misaligned teeth
Bonding is not necessarily the right choice for every patient or every smile, but for the right candidates, it can be a great way to brighten and improve a smile. It is affordable, fast, and highly effective. Call our dental office today to learn more about bonding or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
A sinus augmentation, which may also be called a sinus lift, is a special type of bone graft that can be used to augment the bone in the upper jaw to better support dental implants. This type of graft may be needed when the upper jaw has suffered damage from periodontal disease, or a previous extraction or other type of dental trauma has left the area too narrow to properly accommodate the length of a standard dental implant. Our periodontist can help you decide if a sinus augmentation is right for you.
During a sinus augmentation, part of the maxillary sinus is filled with grafting material to create a thicker, denser sinus floor. This material may include the patient’s own tissue from bone elsewhere in their body, donor tissue, or synthetic materials. As the grafting site heals, the material will be incorporated into the bone tissue, and over the next several months, the sinus floor will grow thicker and stronger.
Once the site has fully healed, the implants can be placed. The new, denser sinus floor should be thick and strong enough to support the full length of the implants, which in turn will keep the sinus floor stimulated, ensuring it stays strong. Call our expert in sinus augmentation in LA today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
A decayed tooth can quickly become a tooth with a cavity. Once healthy tooth structure is destroyed by decay, the disease can quickly progress, allowing the decay to reach the inner tissues of the tooth. This will continue until the decayed tissue is removed and the tooth is treated and restored. Although direct fillings are often used to treat teeth with cavities, our dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay in some cases.
Inlays and onlays are special restorations that provide dentists and patients with alternatives to traditional fillings and crowns. They cover more of the tooth’s structure than fillings, but require less preparation than dental crowns. Both are similar in nature, but an inlay restores the inner part of the tooth, while an onlay is made used when one or more of the cusps is involved in the damage.
The process can take two dental appointments, much like a dental crown. The tooth is first prepared, and because the restoration is made in a dental lab, an impression is taken. Once the inlay or onlay is finished, our dentist can bond it to the tooth. It will work like any other restoration and keep your tooth strong and healthy. Call our office to learn more about your restoration options or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Santa Clara.