If you have had a tooth extracted or you have a missing tooth, you may be in need of a dental implant. Dental implants offer an appealing solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are often used instead of alternatives, such as dental bridges which require alterations to surrounding teeth in order to fit. Dental implants are colored to match the shade of surrounding teeth, so they offer an appealing natural aesthetic. In most cases, dental implants are undetectable once they are installed. Dental implants offer a great combination of convenience and appearance.
There are many different benefits of dental implants. First, they provide you with a natural looking smile. It is difficult to feel confident with your smile when you are missing one or more teeth. Dental implants can fill those empty spaces with what looks like your natural teeth. Dental implants also affect how your mouth functions. The mouth was meant to operate with all teeth intact. This means that if you are missing one or more adult teeth, then you may have difficulty eating, chewing, biting, and speaking. The healing process for implant restoration takes approximately 3-6 months; however, you are left with a permanent solution to your dental issue. Dental implants, when good oral hygiene is maintained, and regular dental check-ups are attended, are designed to last a person a lifetime.
Do you have more questions about whether implant restoration is right for you? Contact us today at Mayfair Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We understand that each patient is unique and we are willing to work with you to find a solution to your dental problems that works with your lifestyle.
A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns that literally create a bridge over where the missing tooth is. The teeth surrounding the gap will work as anchors for the dental bridge and are called abutments. The false teeth can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or could be a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges can serve multiple purposes. Dental bonding can help restore your smile, distribute the forces of your bite, maintain the shape of your face, prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position and restore your ability to speak and chew properly. There are also multiple types of dental bridges available. Dental bridges are also made to offer a natural look and blend into surrounding teeth.
Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridge and involve the creation of a crown for the tooth or implant on both sides of the missing tooth with a pontic in-between. Cantilever bridges are another type of dental bridge. Cantilever bridges are used when there are only abutments available on one side of the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges are not very common as they can put too much pressure on other teeth and cause collateral damage. Maryland bonded bridges are another type of dental bridge. Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a porcelain or metal framework. Often the metal or porcelain wings are bonded on just one side of the bridge.
There is a lot of information available on dental bridges, so if you have any questions or concerns about dental bridges, contact us at Mayfair Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Dental bridges might just be the perfect solution to your dental issues.