Dental Implants, Crowns, And Bridges
A perfect smile is priceless and dentistry has evolved to provide all people with the opportunity to get that perfect smile. The field of cosmetic dentistry has changed remarkably with individuals opting for an assortment of cosmetic procedures that are available. Teeth whitening and straightening are probably the most common forms of cosmetic dentistry; however, there are also traditional procedures that assist in ‘fixing a smile’, such as getting dental implants, crowns and bridges. This article will provide information on the different techniques, as well as how they can benefit you as a patient, and how our clinic can provide these services to you, as well as a full suite of oral care procedures.
The Dental Implant
The purpose of a dental implant is described by the term itself – a dental implant is an implant to replace teeth. Truthfully, it does not replace the tooth entirely but replaces the root of the tooth to provide a sturdy foundation for artificially created teeth. This type of technique is generally utilized when the individual has a high level of tooth decay to the point where the root is being affected too. It is a primary option when the tooth cannot be reconstructed as there is a minimal amount of natural enamel.
The dental implant can be highly beneficial in that it improves the comfort in the area and increases the durability of the replacement tooth. Furthermore, the implant is a sturdy item which ensures no complications will arise for poor eating habits. Our practice in Canberra specialises in implants and we can be reached for appointments on 02 6189 2839.
The Dental Crown
The dental crown is most commonly used for patients who present with large amounts of tooth decay, but do not require removal of the root. The dental crown acts as a ‘crown’ covering either the full tooth or part of the item. The size of the crown is entirely dependent on the material being used and the individual’s previous dental history; for example, a full crown will be required if the tooth has a filling, whereas a fracture may only require a partial crown.
The dental crown can be beneficial in that it helps to preserve as much of the remaining enamel as possible. The partial crown is often utilised as a veneer or a crown covering the tooth front exclusively. This assists in adding symmetry to the teeth or hiding any discoloration.
The Dental Bridge
The dental bridge differs from dental implants or crowns as it manages the gaps between teeth. This means that while a dental crown will cover the enamel, the bridge will adjust any open spaces next to the tooth. If a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth may show a shift in their roots and a re-positioning may occur which is often very detrimental. This occurrence is not only aesthetically displeasing, but it can influence dental health greatly.
A major advantage of dental bridges is the prevention of resultant gum disease, tooth decay and realignment of teeth. Yet, in order for the bridge to be effective it will require the support of existing teeth to hold it in place.
By using the information above we hope you can make an informed decision on which procedure is best, but we highly recommend reaching out for an appointment on 02 6189 2839 as a consultation is certainly necessary to examine all options available to you as our valued patient.