Dental Implant Restorations
Having a beautiful smile is about more than your self-confidence. Your oral health also plays a large part in the health of the rest of your body, and here at Woodcliff Family Dental, our goal is to give you a functional, healthy smile you can be proud of. With the best in dental technology, a cosmetic dentist that is passionate about repairing every smile and a personalized treatment plan, we have everything needed to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
How Implants Work
If you have missing, broken or fractured teeth, you may turn to implants as a valuable treatment option to repair your smile. Dental implants differ from dentures in the fact that they are implanted in the gums and an artificial root is placed in order to hold the place of the natural root. Without a replacement for the natural root, the teeth can shift over time, and bone density in the jaw may be compromised. Dental implants can prevent this from happening.
Implants prevent bone and gum erosion, keep surrounding teeth in place and preserve the look of your natural smile. While the process can take several months and a number of appointments, the first step is taken when titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots are implanted into the jaw and fused to the bone.
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Once the titanium posts or implants are placed, there are several restorative options that can be attached to the top to replace the natural teeth.
While the implant replaces the natural root, the implant restoration replaces the natural tooth. Treatment plans are customized to each individual patient, and the restorative method used depends on the amount of teeth that are missing from the mouth and the location of the missing teeth.
Implants are often considered the best replacement for the natural tooth – as they hold the place of the original tooth in the jawbone and are aesthetically attractive on the surface. Implants also last longer than other treatment options, and while they may require replacement at some point, will typically last several decades. For those who have had dental implants in the past that have failed, we are happy to offer restorative services to repair the teeth.
What are porcelain fixed bridges?
Porcelain fixed bridges are non-removable appliances that are placed on teeth to replace a tooth that is missing. Porcelain bridges are made to match the natural color of your teeth and help fill in the gap where a tooth is missing. Bridges are essentially two crowns that that anchor an artificial tooth in between. The two crowns are cemented onto the teeth surrounding the missing tooth to help anchor the artificial tooth into place (abutment). The artificial tooth (pontic) is in place of the missing tooth to fill in the gap and allow your teeth to look natural.
The process of getting a porcelain fixed bridge
When you and your dentist decide that a porcelain fixed bridge is the right option for you, the dentist will begin preparing the two teeth that surround the missing tooth. The teeth are prepared so that two crowns can be placed in order to support the artificial tooth. Several impressions will be taken in order for the dentist to determine the size of the crowns and artificial tooth. Once the impressions are taken, they are sent to a dental laboratory where your bridge will be made. Setting a bridge generally takes two dental visits to complete. Once the dental laboratory has made your bridge, the dentist will cement the crowns into place.
Porcelain fixed bridges are very durable and can last a very long time when they are well taken care of. Your dentist will give you special instructions on how you can keep your bridge clean through brushing and flossing.
What are dentures and partial dentures?
Dentures and partial dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace teeth that are missing. Full dentures offer artificial teeth to those that have lost all of their teeth on either the upper or lower arch of their mouth. Obtaining a denture will restore function and appearance to those who have lost all of their teeth. Dentures allow many patients to eat, speak and improve the appearance of their mouth. Partial dentures are recommended for those who have not lost all of their teeth and have some teeth remaining. The partial denture will consist of artificial teeth that will replace missing teeth and metal clasps that clip on to remaining teeth to help hold it in place.
The process of obtaining dentures and partial dentures
When you and our dental office have decided what option is best for you, our dental office can help you get started. If complete dentures is the option for you, the dentures are created once your teeth have been removed and your gums have healed. Due to this reason, this process can take several months. During the healing process, a set of immediate dentures may be given to you so you do not have to be without teeth. In both complete denture and partial denture treatments, several impressions will be taken so that dental laboratories can get a sense of the shape of your mouth so they can create custom dentures for you. Several appointments will be made for you to come back to our dental office to try on the dentures in order to ensure that your dentures are made to fit you properly. During your final appointment, you will receive your final finished denture so you can get your beautiful smile back.
After receiving your final dentures, our dental office will provide you with special instructions on how to maintain proper hygiene and also how to clean your dentures.
What is Snap-On Smile?
Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way to obtain a beautiful smile. It was invented by a dentist who realized that not everyone can afford thousands of dollars to get a Hollywood smile make-over. After years of extensive research and development, your dentist can now provide you with a Snap-On Smile that is thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile. It’s easy to care for and can be a temporary or long-term provisional cosmetic solution. It’s available for upper and lower teeth.
Snap-On Smile’s unique, proprietary formula of hi-tech dental resin make it very thin yet extremely strong. It fits right over your own teeth to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile—even if you have stains, chips, gaps or missing teeth.
And for many people, Snap-On Smile can be life changing. It gives back the confidence to smile. Thousands of people worldwide have already experienced the unique benefits of Snap-On Smile.
Snap-On Smile is for just about everyone!
Snap-On Smile is an affordable and life-changing solution for people of all ages. Getting a Snap-On Smile simply requires two, short, painless visits with no drilling, no shots and no change in tooth structure.
It is an excellent choice for:
- Gaps, crooked, stained or missing teeth
- Those who are not candidates for bridges or implants
- Anyone who would like a Hollywood smile without the expense and discomfort of complex and invasive dental procedures
- Anyone who has an old-fashioned removable partial denture and wants a beautiful, more comfortable alternative
It’s easy, it’s painless and you can start today
- You pick the style and shade of your new smile
- Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth
- You come back in about three weeks for a final fitting and you wear your Snap-On Smile home