Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements. Implants arose from patients' need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Implants are used as replacements of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions:
- Single Tooth Replacement
- Anterior Replacement
- Posterior Replacement
- Full Upper Replacement
A crown, or what people call a cap, is a covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked.
A temporary crown is made and fitted onto the tooth during the interim period, when the custom-made crown is being created.Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime. You will be able to approve of your new crown before you leave with it.
A bridge is a way to fill a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent lots of issues:
- Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.
- Bridges protect existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Types of bridges
- Fixed bridge–this is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
- The “Maryland” bridge is usually used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands are made of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color.
- The Cantilever bridge is normally used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.