A dental bridge is meant to replace missing teeth using existing teeth to literally create a bridge across the area where one or more teeth are missing. A temporary bridge will be put in place while the permanent bridge is being made. Some bridges are created in our office.
CEREC – Single Visit Crowns
Using the most advanced computer technology, CEREC enables crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, bridges and implant restorations to be created in a single dental visit. There is no need for impressions or temporary crowns. The restoration is natural looking because it’s made of tooth-colored ceramic material. It’s metal-free – no silver fillings. The ceramic material is compatible with mouth tissue and is high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The new tooth will match existing teeth in fit, color and shade.
The Benefits of CEREC:
- Eliminates the need for tooth impression molds traditionally needed to manufacture dental crowns.
- Less time spent in the chair. Only one office visit is required to complete the procedure.
- Crowns are created in the office using high quality ceramic that does not contain mercury or toxic metals.
- The technology is precise and accurate. Crowns are custom-designed for a perfect, natural tooth-colored fit.
- CEREC crowns are permanently bonded (never temporary), and may last for more than 10 years.
- An instant CEREC crown reduces the risk of discomfort and bacteria leakage into the site, which is common in temporary dental cap use.
- More of your natural tooth enamel is preserved because the CEREC crown is chemically bonded to the tooth.
Dentures (false teeth) are removable apparatus that can replace missing teeth. The denture is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds it in place in the mouth. There are three types:
1. Conventional: a partial denture used to replace missing teeth.
2. Immediate: a preliminary visit is needed to take measurements of the mouth. On the second visit a removable denture will be made after some or all teeth are extracted so you will not be without teeth while you heal.
3. Overdenture: this fits over any remaining teeth after preparation. Implants can also be used as an alternative.
This outpatient surgery is performed in stages. An implant is an artificial replacement for a missing natural tooth. It is more stabile than dentures.
1. The damaged tooth is removed and the bone below the tooth is prepared for surgery.
2. A bone graft (transplantation of bone tissue) may be needed after the extraction.
3. After the bone heals a surgical grade Titanium post that is similar to a screw is implanted. It may take a few months for the bone to heal before the new tooth can be implanted.
4. When the bone heals from the metal post the new tooth is put (screwed) in place. It will match existing teeth in color and shade.
During root canal the roots or nerves of the tooth are removed, often because they are infected. This procedure may save a tooth from being extracted. This is not your parent’s root canal. A specific electrical hand piece is used to make root canal easier, quicker and with less or no discomfort.
A bone graft is used to build new bone after a tooth is extracted or so that dental implants can be placed. These procedures typically involve adding bone or bonelike materials to the jaw. The graft can be your own or be processed bone.
A simple extraction is performed if the effected tooth can be seen above the gum line. A surgical extraction is needed when the tooth is below the gum line or is decayed.