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Bridges

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)

What to expect for a bridge procedure:

Routine anesthetic and preparation occurs during the first visit. A temporary bridge is fabricated that will be worn for a few weeks. In the second visit the temporary bridge comes off and the permanent bridge is cemented. Please wait an hour to eat after cementation.

Frequently asked questions regarding bridges.

You will be sore due to the amount of anesthesia given, if needed you can take any over the counter pain medication. You might encounter some sensitivity, which is normal and may take a week or two to settle down. If for what any reason you need anything more, please call our office.

There are many different shades to choose from. At the end of your first appointment the assistant will go over the shades and help you pick which one is the best match.

You will be in a temporary crown for about 3 weeks

Call our office and we will gladly make you an appointment.

10-15 years if properly maintained.

 

Crowns

A crown is a type of dental restorations that fully covers the portion of a tooth or dental implant that lies above the gum line. Once placed, it in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Dental crowns are permanently cemented into place. The crown functions like any natural tooth.

What to expect for a crown procedure:

Routine anesthetic and preparation occurs during the first visit. A temporary crown is fabricated that will be worn for a few weeks. In the second visit the temporary crown comes off and the permanent crown is cemented. Please wait an hour to eat after cementation.

Frequently asked questions regarding crowns.  

You will be sore due to the amount of anesthesia given, if needed you can take any over the counter pain medication. You might encounter some sensitivity, which is normal and may take a week or two to settle down. If for what any reason you need anything more, please call our office.

There are many different shades to choose from. At the end of your first appointment the assistant will go over the shades and help you pick which one is the best match.

You will be in a temporary crown for about 3 weeks

Yes, however, when flossing with the temporary we recommend going down and pulling out the side rather than pulling back up. With the permanent crown we want you to continue to brush and floss normally.

Call our office and we will gladly make you an appointment.

 

Implants

Dental implants are composed of three parts: a titanium post (“root”) that fuses with the jawbone; an “abutment”, which fits into the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and a “crown” fits onto the abutment, creating a natural appearance.

What to expect at your implant procedure:

Frequently asked questions about implants:

Another treatment to discuss is possibly a fixed or removable bridge.

Once it is restored it will be treated like a natural tooth.

Depending on the healing process anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months.

 

Root Canal Therapy

Any trauma or infection of the nerve will result in the need for root canal therapy. Common reasons for a root canal include:

Frequently asked questions about root canals.

If a tooth is not treated with a root canal it could lead into an infection that can affect the bone and become systemic, or possibly need to be extracted. When a tooth has abscessed or cracked some type of treatment is needed to resolve the issue.

Some discomfort may occur and persist for a few days. This is usually alleviated through over the counter pain medicine, however at the time prescription pain medication are needed.

Depending on the intensity of the tooth it could be a few days up to six weeks.

 

Veneers

A veneer is a thin shield of porcelain that is used to cover the front surface of the tooth. They are designed as a permanent way to change or enhance the look of stained, chipped, broken, or undesired teeth.

What to expect for a crown procedure:

Three appointments would be required for the veneer procedure.

  1. Impressions for temporary veneers
  2. Prepping the teeth which consist of taking impressions and reviewing color shades.
  3. Finishing the case, where your permanent veneer is cemented.

Frequently asked questions regarding veneers.    

To clean the veneer is the same as all your natural teeth. You still need to brush and floss.

You can eat what you would like; you just need to be careful on biting into certain foods such as caramels that could cause the veneer to loosen.

If the veneer comes off, please call our office and will gladly make you an appointment.