A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement. Our office works with the best oral surgeons that can place the titanium implant. We can restore the missing tooth by placing an attachment, crown, and/or a bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth without prepping or compromising the adjacent healthy teeth or when there are no adjacent teeth. Also, we can use the implant(s) to support a denture or a partial denture for excellent retention. This can eliminate the embarrassing movements of a poorly retentive denture due to bone loss.
Crowns can be made in materials such as all-porcelain, prcelain-fuesd to metal,porcelain-fused to gold, or full gold (white or yellow gold). The choice depends on the position, condition of the tooth and patient’s grinding or clinching habits. Crowns are fabricated to restore the tooth back to its natural look, color, shape and function.
A porcelain crown is made of pure porcelain, ceramic, or aesthetic reinforced resins. It is a metal free crown that is recommended anywhere in the mouth especially the front teeth for a natural vital look. We use one of the best porcelain crowns called Lava. Lava crowns are lined with zirconia on the inside for strength and for natural translucency to look like natural teeth.
Porcelain fused to gold is a crown lined on the inside with gold. We use special crowns lined with 24K yellow gold called a Captek crown. Research has proven that pure gold can eliminate the accumulation of bacteria around the crown margins that can cause recurrent decay and gum irritation. This also helps gives the crown a natural look without the grey metal color that can be seen at the gum line with some of the other forms of crowns. Lava or Captek crowns are metal-free crowns which are great for patients who have metal allergies. Nickel and chromium metals are used in regular crowns.
Full gold crowns can be used for posterior molars, heavy grinders, and in other certain cases.
To achieve the best with our crown quality we use the best local labs.
A bridge is a natural looking fixed dental appliance that can replace missing teeth, restore the natural contour of your teeth, and preserve the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges consist of two crowns at the side carrying the artificial missing tooth (or teeth) in between.
Dental implant-supported teeth are able to stand the test of time due to their durability and strength, which is derived from their positioning in the jawbone just like natural teeth. One qualification that dental implant patients must make to take advantage of this incredible technology, however, is having a strong enough jawbone to be able to support dental implants. This can be tricky with patients in need of replacement teeth, as the longer a tooth has been missing, the more deteriorated the surrounding bone material becomes. The bone material resorbs (or, deteriorates rapidly). Many patients make the assumption that nothing can be done about missing bone jaw material – due to advances in bone grafting procedures, this is no longer the case!
The process of bone grafting is to help restore bone material that has dissolved away due to missing teeth. While some may think bone grafting is a serious surgical operation, modern surgical advancements have made bone grafting a now routine procedure that can be performed in a dental office. A material, which simulates your natural bone material, is placed in the area(s) where bone material has been lost through a small incision. Once this procedure is complete, your body will deposit new bone cells around this material, and the replacement material will eventually be made up entirely of new bone cells produced by your body. Grafting material can come from many different sources, the most common of which being your own body, human, or even animal donors once this material is sent to a lab for sterilization. This material also can come from synthetic sources, and take different forms such as gels, putties, and powders.
There are several different materials by which bone grafting can be done with, and each of these different sources fall under a different category of bone grafting with different processing procedures making them completely safe:
As stated above, advancements in surgical procedures have allowed bone grafting, a once serious surgical procedure, to be performed in your dentist’s office. This treatment typically only requires a the use of local anesthesia, with IV sedatives offering more comfort. Given that grafting material is applied to the jawbone through a small incision, patients can expect some soreness after their grafting procedure. Most patients, however, find that this discomfort can be alleviated by taking Ibuprofen or other similar over-the-counter pain medications. Applying an ice pack to the area of the jaw where the procedure occurred is also a great method for relieving this discomfort. Even after this discomfort has subsided, your jaw will require up to seven months (or longer for patients with severely deteriorated jawbones) to fully heal. This healing process allows your jawbone to heal fully before implants are placed, making for the strongest possible base of support for your implants. This support makes makes for the most successful possible dental implant experience!