Services to restore teeth that have decayed or been lost for any reason.
Dental implants involve replacing one or more missing teeth with man made teeth, resulting in a smile that looks and feels natural. Dr. Drew will surgically place titanium posts in the bone under your gums. Your bone will gradually grow around the implant, once healed a custom abutment will be placed inside the post for a replacement tooth to be anchored too.
Dental implants can be used to secure a crown, a series of bridges, and removable or fixed dentures. They offer stability and a secure fit, but require surgery and may take from 4-6 months to complete. Your implant will function just as your original tooth did and should be treated with the same care.
A Bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more permanent teeth on each side. The replacement teeth literally bridge the gap of the missing tooth or teeth.
When teeth are lost and not replaced, the remaining teeth may shift to fill the empty space. Patients with tooth loss are more susceptible to periodontal disease, speech impediments, jaw problems, tooth decay and collapsed bites. A bridge can help prevent these problems by maintaining the shape of your jaw line, alleviating the stress in your bite, and preventing teeth from drifting out of position. Additionally, patients with tooth loss are more susceptible to bone loss as well.
Protect Your Investment
Caring for your bridge is extremely important. Without proper maintenance, your gums and surrounding teeth are more susceptible to decay caused by harmful bacteria called plaque. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent plaque from leading to periodontal (gum) disease. Use extra care when flossing the area where the bridge meets your natural teeth.
Prevent damaging or fracturing your bridge by avoiding hard foods, ice or other hard objects. Maintain your regular dental visits and protect your investment by using prescription fluoride products.
Tooth extractions are usually recommended as a last resort when other alternatives fail or are not appropriate. When a tooth is extracted, the neighboring teeth will shift and cause a realignment that can have a major impact on your dental health. Removing even a single tooth can lead to problems with chewing or jaw joint function. Teeth whose alignment has changed can trap food or be hard to clean thoroughly, placing them at risk for tooth decay or gum disease.
Depending on your situation, Dr. Drew may recommend that you replace an extracted tooth with an artificial one to avoid these complications.
You and Dr. Drew may decide that a tooth extraction or removal is the best course of action for your situation. Extractions are sometimes called for because of severe tooth decay or advanced periodontal disease. Other reasons include broken teeth that can’t be repaired or teeth that are positioned in the mouth incorrectly or that are impacted. Sometimes a patient has too many teeth that cause crowding in the mouth and require an extraction. Orthodontists sometimes recommend extractions in preparation for braces.
An implant supported denture is a conventional full denture that is held in place by surgically placed implants which are implanted in the jaw after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. This can take several months. With an implant supported denture there is no rocking or movement when talking and eating making life more pleasurable.
If periodontal disease, tooth decay or injuries have caused you to lose any of your natural teeth, dentures can replace them and improve your smile. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. They are generally made from acrylic resin and plastic or porcelain. Replacing missing teeth will benefit both your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles can sag making a person look older. Missing teeth may inhibit your ability to eat nutritiously and speak clearly.
A Crown is a type of dental restoration that covers your tooth to help return it to its normal shape and size. The correct crown will improve the appearance of your smile and strengthen your teeth. A crown can also restore teeth, attach bridges, cover dental implants, protect fractured teeth, cover badly shaped or discolored teeth, and improve the way your bite fits together. Crowns can be made from various materials. Each has its own advantages and associated costs.
Fillings are used to restore a portion of a tooth that has been removed due to decay. New advancements allow dentists to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles by using attractive materials, such as ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Keep your teeth beautiful and healthy by choosing the option that’s right for you.
A root canal is a procedure used to treat a tooth’s soft core when it becomes damaged or diseased. This soft core is called the dental pulp and contains the nerves, blood vessels and other connective tissue that extends from the crown of the tooth to the root, down into the jaw bone.
If tooth decay or a crack in a tooth causes an abscess or infection in the dental pulp, it must be treated to prevent further infection and damage to your jaw bone. The treatment is called a root canal and is performed by a general dentist or an endodontist (a root canal specialist). The procedure includes removing the diseased or damaged dental pulp, cleaning out the pulp chamber and the root canal(s) of the tooth, and then sealing them. A temporary filling will seal the tooth until a crown can be permanently placed on the tooth. This procedure may take up to three appointments to complete.
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