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If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, North Hills Family Dental is your go-to dental practice to fill the gaps and prevent additional damage. Infections, jaw pain, and even deterioration of the jaw bone are just some of the risks you face when you don’t replace missing teeth. At North Hills, we offer custom crown and bridge work as well as full and partial dentures. These options look great and keep your smile healthy. But we also offer dental implants for a permanent, natural-looking restoration of your smile.
For damaged teeth, we may recommend custom crowns to restore the natural appearance of your smile. Crowns are made of a variety of materials – usually porcelain, zirconia or ceramic – and cap the tooth, protecting it from further damage. It’s always best to save as much of the natural tooth as possible, but depending on the extent of the damage, it may need to be removed.
In that case, a dental implant or bridge is used to replace the tooth. Bridges are suspended in place with two crowns that are anchored to the teeth adjacent to the gap, while implants are secured into the gum and jaw with a crown placed on top of the post. Crowns play a major role in all kinds of dental restorations, and the team at North Hills can help find which solution is right for you.
A dental bridge is a great solution for those missing one to a few teeth – especially if the missing teeth are next to each other. The bridge is made up of a prosthetic tooth or teeth that are connected to two crowns, one on each end of the prosthetic. The crowns are placed on the two healthy teeth adjacent to the gap, and the bridge is suspended between those teeth. Bridges are a common and effective way to replace missing teeth without surgery and are one of your most cost-effective options.
Full & Partial
Dentures are a great way to restore your smile quickly. Partial dentures are a great option if you are missing one or more teeth, but your remaining teeth are healthy. There are many different styles of partial denture, but they all use metal or plastic to attach to your healthy teeth, and replace one or more of your missing teeth, restoring the beauty and functionality of your smile. In addition, partial dentures help prevent teeth shifting, which is a common problem after tooth loss.
Full-arch dentures, on the other hand, are designed to replace your entire upper, lower, or both arches of teeth in your smile. They are typically only recommended when all of your teeth have been irreversibly damaged by tooth decay, gum disease, or a serious injury. This is because you must have all of your remaining teeth extracted to have full-arch dentures. Full-arch dentures sit directly on your gum line, replacing all of your missing teeth, and allowing you to speak, smile, and chew naturally.
If you want a long-term, permanent solution for your missing tooth, a dental implant is the best choice. Dental implants are small, rod or screw-shaped pieces of titanium which are intended to function as an artificial root. They are surgically implanted directly into the jaw and gum tissue where your old tooth used to be. Then, they undergo the process of “osseointegration,” and become a permanent part of your mouth.
Then, the implant can be used to support a wide variety of restorations. Single-tooth restorations, which use a single dental crown to restore one missing tooth, are the most common. However, multiple dental implants can also be used to support a dental bridge, or even to restore an entire arch of teeth with a set of implant-supported dentures.
Because dental implants bond with your jaw and gum, they can easily last more than 30+ years, making them the best long-term way to restore your smile. In addition, unlike dentures and dental bridges dental implants stimulate the jaw bone and prevent the loss of healthy jaw tissue, which is a common problem after tooth loss.
Why You Should Get Your Tooth Fixed
Even if it Doesn’t Hurt
If you’ve recently chipped or damaged one of your teeth, you probably should get treatment for it right away. Even a minor chip or crack can lead to further damage to your teeth, and could even result in a serious tooth infection or abscess.
Contrary to popular belief, this can happen even if your tooth doesn’t hurt. While toothaches are a common sign of an infected or damaged tooth, serious damage can occur even if your tooth does not hurt.
So don’t wait. If you believe that you have accidentally damaged one of your teeth, you need to schedule an appointment at North Hills Family Dental right away and ensure that your smile is protected. Dr. Lawrence Mauro is here to help, and make sure you get the treatment you need to preserve your teeth after an oral injury or accident.
Living with gaps in your smile can be frustrating. But the team at North Hills has the skill and expertise to provide you with a restorative solution that gives you back your smile. Come in for a consultation and we’ll answer any questions you may have about treatments and procedures, and help you decide which solution is right for you. Make an appointment with Dr. Mauro today!
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