Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth adjacent to an empty space are routinely used as support to create a bridge across the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, none precious metal or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. At our Breeze Dental Clinic in Fairfax, Va we use state of the art CEREC restoration system to create a same day bridge to replace your missing teeth!
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of existing teeth next to the empty space where the missing tooth used to be. The two existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a digital scan is taken of the area using the innovative CEREC system which is used to create a precision bridge in our office that will fit accurately on the supporting teeth (abutments). Once fabricated the bridge will be adhesively cemented on the abutments.
Next your Doctor will make sure that the bite feels natural to you during function. The bridge may take a little while to get used to but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Inlays and Onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay on the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
At Breeze Dental clinic we use the innovative CEREC same day restoration technology to create your Inlay or Onlay at the same appointment so you don’t have to tolerate a temporary restoration for 3-4 weeks and have to come back to the office to complete your procedure. The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. Next a digital scan of your tooth is taken with the CEREC Camera. Then you restoration (Onlay or Inlay) is designed immediately by your Doctor. Next the Cerec Milling Unit will create a custom fitted precision restoration made from a porcelain block. The restoration takes about 30 min to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will not be needed for that time. During the next step the Inlay or Onlay will be placed on to your tooth and set with cement. Your tooth will look and feel natural and you or anyone else won’t be able to tell the difference!
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that no additional problems develop within the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient to protect what’s remaining of the tooth structure.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth. The process of installing a crown takes just a single visit at Breeze Dental Clinic. On this visit first the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a digital scan of your tooth will be taken. This scan will be used in the exclusive CEREC System to design your crown so that your new restoration can be fitted in with high precision.
The crown takes about 20 minutes to be created using the CEREC milling unit in our office. After the fabrication of your crown is completed it will be placed using a cement to ensure that it sets in place and is ready for function. After the crown cementation is completed your tooth will have a natural look and feel relative to the surrounding teeth.
Crowns are a durable method or repairing and strengthening a broken or weak tooth and will usually last about 5+ years depending on your oral health habits and diet. You should care for your new crown as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. During regular checkup and cleanings at our office we will check your existing crowns for proper fit and seal. Any issues if detected in the early stages can be resolves much less invasively.
So, if you have severe cracks or chips in your teeth, dental crowns might be the best option for restoring your smile. However, the idea of multiple office visits might just not sound appealing. But what if we told you that you could have dental crowns in only one visit? With CEREC’s latest CAD/CAM technology, we can take impressions of your teeth and fabricate the permanent crown in about two hours. The speed of CEREC same-day crowns also means that you won’t have to deal with a less-than-reliable temporary crown.
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. They provide improved esthetics, speech and function as compared to missing teeth. The prosthetic devices are ideal in cases where other replacement options like Dental Implants or Bridges are not possible. Depending on each individual patient case either partial or full dentures are recommended. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures:
Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth need to be removed due to disease processes such as advance periodontal/gum disease or sever decay (cavities). After removal of the teeth the soft tissue (gum) is given time to heal before the final dentures are made. In some cases it could take up to 12 months for the gum and bone to heal completely. During this time you will be wearing temporary or healing dentures. After placement of the final dentures you will need to have periodic follow up visits to refit your dentures as the jaw bone level is constantly changing. The dentures will need to be tightened every time the jaw bone has changed shape.
Implant supported Full Dentures – This is when your jaw bone levels have receded over the years due to missing teeth or gum disease. As a result conventional full dentures will not be a comfortable solution for you due to the lack of support by the receded bone levels. In these cases placement of dental implants to support the denture is a great way to increase the stability of the denture. It will require multiple appointments to complete the implant placement surgically and subsequently fabrication of final dentures that will be fitted over the healed implants. Once the final dentures is fixed in place with the restoration that greatly improves your ability to chew and speak much like your own natural teeth.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth. A partial denture is supported by the remaining teeth and gum/bone levels.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. Common issues with all new dentures is pressure over the gum tissues, lack of space for the tongue, inability to taste food due to coverage of the palate. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more comfortable. However, dentures may never feel perfectly natural, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Dentures should be cleaned routinely and checked by a Dental professional for proper fit. You should brush your denture daily to remove plaque and food particle. After they have been removed from the mouth they should be place directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself always seek assistance from your Dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
When a small area of decay is present on the tooth surface it can predictably be repaired using composite resin restorative material. After the removal of decay the composite resin material is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied a LED light is used to harden the resin. At this stage the restoration is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Using composite resin restorations is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 5 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many common dental problems.