Crowns & Bridges
Restoring & Replacing Teeth
If you have a broken or fractured tooth, undergo root canal therapy, have a large filling that fails or a large cavity, we may recommend a crown be used to restore your tooth. A crown, also called a cap, is a custom-made restoration that fits completely over the tooth, protecting it and returning it to strength. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, enhancing the appearance of a tooth that is discolored or misshapen. Crowns are made of 100% porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Together, we’ll decide which option best meets your needs.
A bridge is used to replace one tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. Simply described, a bridge is a dental appliance that consists of two dental crowns and a custom-made false tooth or teeth (called a pontic). The dental crowns are cemented onto the healthy teeth adjacent to the space to be filled, securely anchoring the bridge in place. The pontic “bridges” the empty space with replacement teeth, restoring the ability to eat, smile and speak with confidence and comfort.
Dentures & Partials
Replacing Missing Teeth
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and adjacent tissues.
- A partial denture replaces several adjacent missing teeth and helps to keep the remaining healthy teeth from shifting position, preventing TMJ and other bite-related pain and problems.
- A full denture replaces all the teeth.
Dentures are an affordable solution to tooth replacement. They enhance your appearance, boost your confidence and restore your ability to eat the foods you want.
Replacing Teeth Permanently
If you’re missing a tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants can change your smile and your life.
Dental implants are permanent replacements for both your tooth and your tooth root. The implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jawbone where teeth are missing.
If you choose to have dental implants, we can provide comprehensive treatment. First, we will surgically place the titanium posts. Once the surgical sites have healed and the implants have fused with your jawbone, we will attach small posts to the implants. These posts protrude from the gum and serve as a solid foundation for your new teeth.
We will then create artificial teeth that blend perfectly with your natural teeth and place them on the posts, restoring your smile to health, comfort and strength.
Laser dentistry makes a variety of treatments possible. Using our soft tissue laser, we can provide:
- Periodontal Treatment – gently removing damaged gum tissue and dangerous bacteria.
- Gum Recontouring – comfortably reshaping the gum line, removing excess gum tissue that cause a “gummy” smile and exposing more of the natural tooth structure.
- Crown Lengthening – quickly restoring teeth that appear too short to their natural size and length by removing excess gum tissue.
- Tooth Contouring – carefully reshaping the surfaces of the teeth to create a more natural and comfortable bite position.