Crowns & Bridges | Prosthodontics

By: Dr Sharlene Barton  09-12-2011
Keywords: teeth, Dental Implants, Bridges

Root canals can prevent tooth decay and loss when there is damage to the soft core of the tooth (the pulp). Despite its reputation as a painful ordeal, a root canal is actually not very uncomfortable. During the procedure, the damaged pulp is removed, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off, and a crown is bonded to the tooth to maintain strength.

The back teeth are noticeable when we talk and especially when we laugh. Seeing dark, unsightly areas of metal can detract from an otherwise perfect set of teeth. Now there are fillings available that are specially designed to match the natural color of the tooth. These directly placed, bonded resin fillings can make a tooth look like new, whether they are used for small areas of decay or to replace current fillings

Crowns are used to strengthen and improve the shape, size or color of teeth. They can support broken or weak teeth or those with large fillings; provide a smooth, strong, attractively contoured surface for stained, misshapen or otherwise abnormal teeth; and aid in the implantation of bridges and other implants.

Bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements which help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented to the existing teeth and do not come out. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned at home.

Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. In the early stage (gingivitis), gums may swell and bleed easily; in the more advanced stage, teeth can loosen and fall out. Good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are essential in gum disease prevention.

Injury, disease, congenital defects, joint and sleep disorders, neglect, and years of day-to-day wear can all cause significant damage and require the complete or partial removal of our teeth. Prosthodontics is a subspecialty of dentistry that focuses on the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth and other oral tissues to maintain health, function and aesthetics.

Stained, chipped, worn, broken or missing teeth can be restored to their natural appearance so you can continue to enjoy a beautiful smile. Replacements include crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, dental implants, and complete and removable partial dentures.

Dental implants are changing the way people live!  They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth.  The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing.  These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.  They are surgically placed into the jawbone.  The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  Small posts are then attached to the implant which protrude through the gums.  These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.  Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Your child should have a dental appointment before his or her first birthday, and check-ups should be scheduled about every six months after that to be sure no cavities or other problems develop. During these appointments, we will talk with you about your child's oral health and hygiene, including teething, fluoride, brushing and flossing, cavities, sealants and orthodontics.

Keywords: Bridges, Dental Implants, Gum Disease, root canals, teeth, tooth decay