There are different types of dentures, but they share a common function.
They replace teeth that have become loose or have been lost due to bone loss.
When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let
them fall out, it's time for dentures.
have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted.
Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth,
depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in
the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. Often implants can be used to further
stabilize the dentures.
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to
break or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly
done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole
made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed.
Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind
that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to
tremendous pressures. Crowns cover and protect the weakened tooth, providing strength
and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more
serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as
making for a nice smile.
It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. At the first, any decay is
removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is
made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits, the crown
is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold.
During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit, this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth.
Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show,
usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed
when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show.
The color, alignment, spacing, as well as regularity of the teeth, are the characteristics
that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look
to the mouth.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual. Ask us about whitening your teeth while you're using the Invisaligners.