Damaged teeth are not only painful, they are potential health risks for the rest of your body. Our dentists at Oakville Lane Dental identify, operate and cure these troubles using years of know-how and experience in restorative dentistry services.
Missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile and can often cause difficulty eating or speaking. Our dentists offer a variety of replacement options for missing teeth, including dental bridges. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth, and “bridge” the gap in a patient’s smile. Using the latest materials, dental bridges create artificial teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
The process begins by removing a small amount of enamel for the dental crown to properly placed then impressions of the teeth will be taken. If necessary, a temporary dental bridge will be provided while the impressions are being made into a personalized dental bridge.
During the second visit, the dentist will install the dental bridge and check the fit to ensure it fits comfortably in the patient’s mouth.
DENTAL BRIDGE FAQS
Is it Really Necessary to Replace Missing Teeth?
Losing a tooth can actually have a large impact on your dental health. Even a single missing tooth can cause major shifts in the alignment of your teeth and create an uncomfortable bite. Tooth loss puts you at risk for developing other oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, gum recession and further tooth loss.
Are Dental Bridges Removable?
There are several types of dental bridges. A removable dental bridge is only recommended for patients who need a short-term solution to maintain tooth position while they are preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant placed.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Usually Last?
The lifespan of a dental bridge is between 5 to 15 years. A bridge that is well taken care of can last over 10 years before it needs to be replaced.
Does a Bridge Damage Your teeth?
An ill-fitting bridge can cause damage. If your dental bridge fits too loosely, it can cause cavities and decay of the tooth under the anchored crown. If the supporting teeth are compromised, the restoration can fail. If your bridge restoration is causing you problems, visit us today for recommendations.
Dental crowns are used to protect and restore teeth that are weak, damaged, severely misshapen, or discolored. Using the latest tooth-like materials, a customized “cap” is placed over the tooth to restore its strength and improve its appearance.
Though it takes place in several steps, the process for dental crowns is quite simple.
Consultation and Evaluation – The dentist will first perform a comprehensive consultation and assessment to determine if dental crowns are right for you. They will examine the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw joints to diagnose your condition and prepare an individualized treatment plan that addresses both the practical and health concerns as well as the cosmetic goals.
Preparation of Teeth – Next, they will prepare the tooth for the dental crown. Any old fillings or old crowns will be removed to create a solid foundation for the porcelain dental crown. Impressions will be taken of the tooth that is receiving the dental crown as well as the neighboring teeth to ensure proper fit and placement.
Temporary Dental Crown – In most cases, the dentist will place a temporary tooth crown to provide protection while the porcelain dental crown is being made. The temporary tooth crowns are typically made of dental resin.
Final Placement of Dental Crown – The last step is the final placement of the dental crown and to check the porcelain dental crown for fit and comfort. Once both you and the dentist are satisfied, the dental crown will be permanently bonded to the tooth and gently polished.
Whether you already have dentures or are considering dentures, our dentists can help you select the best choice for your long-term dental health and happiness. In addition to traditional removable dentures, our dentists offer implant dentures which are permanently secured to the jaw bone offering superior stability and function.
FIXED VS. REMOVABLE DENTURES
Most people are familiar with a traditional removable denture. These are secured in the mouth using an adhesive. Today’s cosmetic dentures look and feel considerably more natural than previous generations. Another option that is growing in popularity are fixed dentures which are permanently secured in the mouth using dental implants. Known as “all on four”, implant dentures can be supported by as few as four dental implants. This type of restoration has a very high success rate and level of patient satisfaction.
The primary benefits of dental implant dentures are that they offer better retention and help to maintain the bone structure in the face. Patients who have implant supported dentures can chew, speak and smile normally. There are no dietary restrictions with implant dentures and patients can eat whatever foods they like. Patients also don’t need to worry about slippage or having their denture fall out when they talk or participate in sports or other activities.
As the name indicates, a partial denture is used to replace several missing teeth, but not all of the teeth. Like full dentures, they can either be fixed or removable. Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge. If the partial denture is fixed, it is either secured in place using dental crowns or dental implants.
DENTURES AND PARTIALS FAQS
How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?
Our team will provide you with aftercare instructions for your new dentures. Keeping your dentures clean is imperative to the longevity of your new teeth, so it is important to follow the aftercare instructions.
Will Dentures Affect My Eating?
During the adjustment period, eating soft foods may help you get familiar with eating with dentures. Eating sticky food or extremely hard food may cause some discomfort. However, eating with dentures will take some time to get used to, but following your aftercare instructions will help relieve any worry.
How Long Do I Wear My Dentures?
If you received fixed dentures, they can not be removed. If you received regular dentures or partials, they could be removed at any time. Many patients take them out when sleeping or whenever they deem necessary. Your aftercare instructions will detail any questions you may have about your dentures or partials.
Our dentists have advanced training and technology necessary to provide accurate and comprehensive diagnosis for complex temporomandibular disorders, TMDs. The concept of complete dentistry takes into consideration the function of the entire occlusal system, from teeth to jaw joints. A healthy and comfortable bite relies on the harmonious function of the teeth, gums and jaw joints.
One of the key symptoms of a TMD, commonly called TMJ, is orofacial pain. Orofacial pain is a chronic condition that often affects your daily quality of life. Headaches, jaw tension, neck and shoulder pain can add to your daily stress and even impact your ability to perform at work, enjoy a healthy diet or an active social life.
Using advanced digital technology, our dentists are able to evaluate the muscle function and the biting forces being placed on each tooth, pinpointing areas of imbalance and dysfunction in the bite. Using this in-depth analysis, they can offer patients individualized treatment for orofacial pain that is designed to address the underlying cause for a result that is lasting.
Treating the symptoms will eventually lead to a breakdown of dentistry and can even lead to the development of additional dental problems. Successful treatment for orofacial pain relies on identifying and addressing both the mechanical issues related to the function of the bite and the emotional stressors that are impacting your quality of life. For most patients, these two elements of their overall health and well being are affecting their oral health simultaneously.