As our teeth age they tend to get beat up. Either from decay, broken teeth, or withstanding every day wear and tear, teeth often need to be crowned. A crown is sometimes referred to as a ‘cap’, and that’s just what it is. They are designed to surround the tooth 360 degrees, thus providing the protection the tooth needs, all the while looking strikingly like the natural tooth.
A bridge is one of the few ways we have to replace missing teeth. A bridge is where a fake tooth is attached to two crowns on each side of it, and that unit is cemented in placed, thus replacing a missing tooth and simultaneously crowning both teeth on each adjacent side.
CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) Technology
Of all the advancements in Dentistry over the years the thing that is most exciting is how much technology has increased the quality of treatment we can offer. Dental Technology has now made it possible to decrease your number of office visits for routine dental treatment. Here at Advanta we have the ability to make your crowns and inlays/onlays all in one visit, no impressions, no waiting on the labs, and when you leave you are done with that treatment, no second visits. In addition to crowns in one day, we can also replace plastic or metal fillings with porcelain. Porcelain has the strength of metal and the esthetics of white composite. Please ask us at your next visit or over the phone if this is a good option for you and your oral health.
When some or all of a persons teeth are lost one of the ways to replace them is with dentures. Dentures can be a beautiful way to improve your smile, and typically are the most cost effective way to replace missing teeth.
Partial Denture. This is used when some of a persons teeth are missing. The teeth are attached to a framework which is customized for you to give the denture strength and stability.
Full Denture. This is used to replace all of a persons teeth.
There are advantages and disadvantages to any treatment. Before making the big decision of how you will replace missing teeth, make sure your dentist has taken the adequate time to explain to you all your options so you can make an informed decision.
Dental Implants in Sequim, WA
Dental implants have improved immensely over the years. We are seeing great success with the new designs and materials available to us now. An implant is a titanium ‘screw’ that is placed in a persons jawbone as anchorage for a future crown to be attached. The question is usually asked, “How painful is it?” Great question and legitimate concern! Most patients have little to no pain after an implant is placed. Most complain more about where the ‘gums’ had to be sutured back together rather than the implant itself.
Implants can replace one or multiple missing teeth. They can also be used to anchor and stabilize either a Full or Partial Denture.
Implant Retained Dentures
The two most common complaints with a denture are that they can become loose and create sore spots on the gums. Implants can fix both those problems! Because the bone structure in the jaw diminishes over time after teeth have been removed, a dentures adaptation to the bone becomes ill fitting and as a result, rubs sore spots and painful ulcers onto the underlying soft tissue.
With the development of dental implants, an Implant Retained Over-Denture can be made. This special denture connects to the implants for support and strength allowing the patient to not only avoid the problems of sore gums, but also it allows you better chewing ability while eating. The fear of having the denture becoming loose while out in public is no longer a problem! Implant Retained Dentures, hands down, has made the greatest impact on the quality of life for denture wearers.
At times the best treatment is to extract a tooth. There are two types of extractions, one being referred to as a ‘simple extraction’. The second is when more extensive work is required, called a ‘surgical extraction’. Whatever your needs may be if an extraction is required, you can expect to be treated like family at Advanta Dental. We get that it’s scary, and will take extra precautions to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease as best possible prior, during, and after the procedure.