A dental implant is the most widely-used method of filling in a missing tooth. Implants are made of titanium post situated underneath a denture or crown. Multiple missing teeth in the same part of the mouth are treated through a series of multiple implants known as a bridge.
The implant process typically takes about three months to complete. This includes the implant application and time for your mouth to recover before the crown or denture is added. While your mouth is healing, we’ll get to work on a permanent crown. We can apply a temporary crown at the same time the implant is added so you can return eating and other activities as normal while you recover.
The end result is a tooth and looks and feels just like the one you lost. We’ll match the crown to the shade and shape of your original tooth, and the implant will ensure that it’s secure in your mouth.
Despite what you might think, dentures are not just for older people. They are another option for replacing missing teeth that can be used by people of all ages. Full or partial dentures can be created to fit around your missing teeth for a more affordable replacement option.
However, dentures are not intended to be a permanent solution. They are made of an acrylic base that’s temporarily bonded to your teeth and are intended only for use during the day. They should be removed before going to bed at night and placed in a cleaning solution to remove bacteria that builds up throughout the day.
1st Family Dental can make dentures in about 24 hours after an initial fitting is done. With good care, dentures can last 5-8 years. As you get older, your gums wear and change shape, which causes dentures to not adhere as well. 1st Family Dental can easily make a replacement set when that time comes.
Root canals are often needed as a result of a tooth infection or deep damage that goes below enamel to the tooth’s pulp. Either of these scenarios are very painful and require immediate assistance [link to emergency services page] if you are experiencing symptoms
While the circumstances leading to a root canal are often painful, the procedure itself is quite painless. The dentist will drill through the tooth to remove its roots in a manner similar to a cavity filling in most cases.
Once the roots are removed, the remaining tooth is filled and a crown is applied to protect it. Similar to an implant, a temporary crown is applied while a permanent crown is made to fit the shape and shade of the old tooth.
Crowns and Bridges
No matter if you have an implant or a root canal, a crown is most likely going to be involved as part of the restorative process. They are made of strong porcelain and are shaped and dyed to resemble a natural tooth. After your mouth heals and becomes accustomed to the crown, you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference between it and the rest of your natural teeth.
In the case of an implant, the crown covers the titanium post. With a root canal, it’s placed on top of the original tooth. Once applied, a crown should be brushed and flossed the same way as a normal tooth. Crowns typically need to be replaced about 10 years.
A bridge is a set of crowns applied to multiple connected teeth. For example, if you are missing two molars that are next to each other, the bridge would fill in the gap between the missing teeth.
Full Mouth Reconstructions
More intense restoration procedures are known as full mouth reconstructions. They typically include a mixture of implants, crowns, and bridges and are used in cases of severe mouth injury or cases where the patient has not received proper dental care in a long time.
The team at 1st Family Dental will evaluate your mouth to determine if you are a candidate for this type of procedure and create a treatment plan to get you back on the road to a healthy smile.
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