A crown is a dental cap used to restore or preserve a natural tooth that is severely decayed, broken or cracked. A bridge is a row of fixed crowns used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. If you have lost or are missing a tooth, the jawbone will continue to shrink and weaken until the gap is filled. Bridgework is an excellent non-removable alternative to dentures to stop this continuing damage, and gives you a reliable, long-lasting, and natural looking smile.
A root canal is a common treatment used to remove the nerve from a badly damaged tooth, where the infected pulp of a tooth is cleaned out, disinfected, and then filled and sealed. A diseased or infected tooth nerve can be very painful for some people or, if it is in its early stages it may not be causing pain just yet. We do root canal treatments when we choose to save a tooth that has an infected nerve. Root canals are an alternative to tooth extraction.
A denture is a set of false teeth that can replace anywhere from one missing tooth (partial denture) to a whole mouthful of missing teeth (full dentures) which can be worn and removed from the mouth. If you are missing teeth then dentures are an affordable way to replace these. With advancement of technology, dentures now come with many different designs: flexible dentures, metal-supported dentures, and dentures that can now be fixed onto dental implants.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that integrates with your jaw bone to replace a lost tooth. A porcelain crown is then attached to the top of the implant to complete your smile. If you have lost or are missing a tooth, the jawbone will continue to shrink and weaken until the gap is filled. Dental implants are the best way to stop this continuing damage and give you the closest result to having your own natural teeth back. Dental implants are also a great alternative for denture wearers that find dentures uncomfortable, sore or difficult to chew and speak with.
Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction. Most bone grafts are expected to be reabsorbed and replaced as the natural bone heals over a few months’ time. Many dental procedures, such as dental implant placement, require that the bone be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results.
Sinus lifting is performed when the floor of the sinus is too close to an area where dental implants are to be placed. The goal of the sinus lift is to graft extra bone into the maxillary sinus, so more bone is available to support a dental implant. When a natural tooth is lost, whether through dental decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma this leads to a loss of volume of bone which is available for placing a dental implant. Furthermore, the level of the floor of the maxillary sinus gradually becomes lower. This procedure is performed to ensure a secure place for the implants while protecting the sinus.