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Restorative Dentistry Services with Summit Dental
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that we use to replace missing teeth. It can be used to replace one to three missing teeth on the same arch. A dental bridge works by using two dental crowns that are placed over healthy neighboring teeth or surgically inserted dental implants to anchor the device with false teeth between. Using natural teeth or a series of dental implants, we can even restore multiple teeth, rebuilding and restoring your function and your facial shape.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that look and feel like your natural teeth. During a surgical procedure, a dental implant is affixed to your jawbone to act like the tooth’s roots. Over the healing period, your jawbone naturally fuses to the implant which increases its strength and durability. With our dental implant techniques, we can replace any number of missing teeth.
If you’re missing one or both arches, an option you might want to consider is implant-supported dentures. We offer a variety of dental implant options that can put an end to adhesives and loose dentures. Dental implants will restore your chewing function, support your facial structure, and improve your speech.
Dentures: Complete, Partial & Custom
The difference between a dental bridge and a partial denture is the ability to remove the device when needed. Some of our more medically delicate patients prefer this option. Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. A partial denture attaches to the surrounding teeth through the use of metal clasps. A complete denture is the fabrication of an entire arch of false teeth and gums. It consists of a flesh-colored acrylic base and prosthetic teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution and are happy to discuss permanent stability options.
Inlays & Onlays
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions mean that the tooth is fully erupted, and we are able to grasp around it, lift it with our tools and pull it cleanly from its socket. A surgical extraction is performed on a tooth that is impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Oftentimes, surgical extractions are referred to an oral surgeon. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
A root canal is a procedure we can perform to save a tooth that has a deep canal infection; without it the tooth will require an extraction. Saving your natural teeth is best for your oral health as many other complications arise from missing teeth. Once the infection has been removed, we then disinfect the area and fill it with a material to assist in preventing future infection. In most cases, a tooth will require a dental crown be placed to protect the now weakened tooth following Root Canal Therapy.
While dental bridges and implants are both effective tooth replacement options, their procedures are very different and appeal to different types of people. A dental bridge is designed to bridge the gap left by a missing tooth. Bridges are less invasive and more affordable than dental implants because they don’t require surgery.
Your adjacent teeth are prepared and fitted for crowns to reinforce the strength of the dental bridge. Dental implants, on the other hand, are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. That’s because implants are surgically affixed to your jawbone and therefore can last a lifetime. It typically takes six months to heal from the surgery before your restoration is placed.